• Engineering

    HNC Mechanical Engineering

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • 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.
  • Plus, our mechanical engineering courses have been approved by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

We’ve also got an excellent record of employment for our engineering students.

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 in Maths or Physics OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent, such as NC Mechanical Engineering, or Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering
  • An interview with us

If you don't have any formal qualifications, but have appropriate experience, a background in mathematics 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 mechanical engineering. It’s mainly theoretical, with a small practical element to prepare you for further study or employment.

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

  • You’ll explore basic mechanical engineering principles, including statics and strength of materials, dynamics and thermofluids.
  • You’ll look further at thermofluids and how they can provide solutions to problems in engineering systems.
  • You’ll explore dynamics and motion, learning how to solve problems relating to linear and angular motion or to impulse, conservation of momentum, work, energy and power.
  • You’ll look more in depth at statics and strength of materials.
  • You’ll look at pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and what’s involved in their operation and maintenance. You’ll then design, assemble and test a fluid power and control circuit, and develop fault finding skills.
  • You’ll look at engineering design for manufacture processes, and produce your own design solution for a customer.
  • You’ll examine materials and learn how to select the correct ones for a range of products.
  • You’ll develop skills in engineering drawings, taking drawing, making revisions such as tolerance and dimensions, and learning about documentation control.
  • You’ll learn how to operate a commercial CAD (Computer Aided Draughting) system to produce 2D engineering drawings and composite drawings.
  • Finally, you’ll do a significant amount of maths, developing your skills to solve problems within an engineering context.

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 HND Mechanical Engineering which would be at a different college.
  • Moving onto an engineering degree course at university.
  • Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in a variety of engineering disciplines.

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Start Date

Aug 2022

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