• Engineering

    HNC Mechatronics

  • 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.

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 of grade C or above in Higher Maths and/or Physics OR
  • a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent, such as NC Manufacturing 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

    Mechatronics combines electronics and mechanical engineering. This combination is used in the design of products and manufacturing. Application of mechatronics results in synchronizing a mechanical structure with its control, using electronic systems. An industrial robot is a good example of mechatronics.

    The main areas of study include; Mechatronic Systems, Robotics & Animatronics, Interfacing Electronics, Electrical Engineering, CNC, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, Applications of PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), CAD for Engineers and Safety Engineering & Environment.

    In addition to this there will also be classes in Engineering, Mathematics and Communications.

    We have invested over £500K in three CNC Mazak and Doosan machines and Allen Bradley, Mitsubishi, Siemens and SMC training rigs to help you learn about all the main areas of automation engineering. On this course you will gain experience in the following technologies; electrical, pneumatic, vacuum, electric motors, sensors, programme controllers, manipulators and motion controllers.

    You will be able to take a process from start to finish and look intelligently at fault diagnosis to find rapid solutions.

    At the end of the course you will have learned skills in analysis, trouble shooting, designing, technical document creation and understanding, operation and programming.

    You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills in: electronics, electrical engineering, computer technology, control engineering, and mechanical engineering.

    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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