• Engineering

    HNC Mechatronics

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


Welcome to the forefront of engineering innovation in Scotland! Start a fascinating journey into the heart of engineering innovation with our HNC Mechatronics course. You will study across various engineering disciplines, such as Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, as well as learning about Robotics, Automation and Programming.

You will develop logical thinking, curiosity, and problem-solving skills whilst gaining a very sought after qualification that will enable you to enter the workforce. Qualified engineers with versatile knowledge are in high demand, offering diverse career prospects across sectors. This may include space, aviation, technology, and more. Scotland has a soaring demand for qualified engineers, and at Ayrshire College, we offer an ideal environment for aspiring engineers, recognised with STEM Assured Status.. We ensure you will learn with state-of-the-art technology, setting you on a path to success.

This course is suitable for school leavers, career changers, and adult returners.

Entry Requirements

To study on this course, you'll need:

  • a genuine interest in working in engineering
  • minimum grade C in Higher Maths and/or Physics OR
  • Relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent (eg NC Electrical Engineering and Electronics, NC Manufacturing Engineering)
  • An interview with us

No formal qualifications? No problem! If you have relevant experience or training, we'll consider your application. Call us for a chat and explore your potential.

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 carolann.mcconnachie@ayrshire.ac.uk

Course Content

Explore the world of electronics and mechanical engineering with our HNC Mechatronics course. Learn about the design of products and manufacturing processes, and synchronising mechanical structures with electronic control.

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

During your studies, you'll gain hands-on experience - we have recently invested in collaborative robots, PLCs from Siemens, and SMC training rigs to help you learn about all the main areas of automation engineering. Develop skills in analysis, troubleshooting, design, technical documentation, operation, and programming.

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

Once you’ve finished this course, you may have the opportunity to:

  • move on to an engineering degree course at university
  • start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in various engineering disciplines

Why Choose This Course?

Equip yourself with skills and experiences that set you up for success in the dynamic field of engineering. Our course goes beyond theory, providing hands-on skills for real-world applications. Gain meta skills and transferable skills, enhancing your cognitive abilities. Your journey to a fulfilling career in Mechatronics starts here!

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Start Date

Aug 2024

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