• Engineering

    HNC Engineering Practice (Fabrication)

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year. Day-release, two years

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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Scotland has a world-renowned reputation for engineering, and is at the cutting-edge of engineering developments. Engineers design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. They have an impact on every aspect of modern living and enjoy exciting career opportunities in lots of different sectors, including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion and construction.

If you’ve got a logical and inquisitive mind, enjoy problem solving and are curious to know how things work, you’ve got it in you to make a great engineer! Right now, qualified engineers are in extremely high demand, with thousands of new engineers needed every year in Scotland alone.

Ayrshire College is an ideal choice for studying engineering:

  • We have STEM Assured Status which means we have been recognised for the quality of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths courses.
  • We’ve invested in our equipment, so you’ll be learning using the latest industry standard technology.
  • We won Training Partner of the Year at the prestigious SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) Skills Awards in 2017
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We’ve also got an excellent record of employment for our engineering students.

If you’re considering a career in engineering, and in particular fabrication, then this course can help you on your way.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in engineering
  • A minimum of one relevant Higher at grade C or above OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent, such as NC Fabrication and Welding Engineering, or Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have appropriate experience or other training, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course will give you sound knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of general engineering practice, while giving you the opportunity to specialise in fabrication.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll learn to use basic maths in an engineering context.
  • You’ll develop your understanding of fabrication, including using and marking out fabrication engineering drawings. You’ll look at the production processes of cutting, joining and assembly of fabricated components.
  • You’ll learn about specialised welding processes, such as metal arc gas shielded/flux cored; submerged arc and electro slag, for specific applications.
  • You’ll develop your practical skills in a variety of welding processes such as Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG).
  • You’ll learn how to design and manufacture metal containers, including material selection, different manufacturing processes and testing.
  • You’ll learn about basic inspection systems in the fabrication industry to detect surface and sub-surface defects.
  • You’ll explore value engineering techniques to increase the value of products at the lowest possible cost.
  • You’ll learn how to operate a commercial CAD (Computer Aided Draughting) system to produce 2D engineering drawings and composite drawings.
  • Finally, you’ll also look at what’s involved in being an effective engineering supervisor, planning and production control, quality management, Health & Safety, and risk assessment.

Go Anywhere

For employed candidates this course is also available on Part Time/Day Release basis. To discuss this option and to obtain further information please contact the department by emailing lynn.anderson@ayrshire.ac.uk

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a relevant HND course such as Engineering Systems.
  • Moving onto an engineering degree course at university.
  • Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in a variety of engineering disciplines.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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