• Engineering

    HND Electrical Engineering

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • 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 have an impact on every aspect of modern living and enjoy exciting career opportunities.

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:

  • To have completed the HNC Electrical Engineering
  • An interview with us

Options for completing this course on a day release basis are also available. We welcome applications from higher level Technicians in the electrical engineering industry which deals with the production, transmission, distribution and application of electricity and the manufacture, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment.

What's Involved

This course builds on HNC Electrical Engineering, developing your existing knowledge and giving you even more of an understanding of electrical engineering to meet the needs of employers.

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

  • You’ll look at electrical networks and resonance, exploring a range of network theorems and learning to solve dc and ac electrical network problems.
  • You’ll explore different types of control systems, and learn to construct circuits and systems that incorporate transducers.
  • You’ll develop skills in designing electrical installation circuits to comply with the current wiring regulations, including correct cable size, overcurrent protection and earthing systems.
  • You’ll look at transmission lines, and learn to solve simple electrical series and parallel circuits when a complex wave is applied.
  • You’ll learn about electrical motor drive systems, including transmission arrangements, electrical protection, and starting and braking methods.
  • You’ll develop skills in inspecting and testing Low Voltage electrical installations which conform to British Standards requirements.
  • You’ll look at power electronic devices and transformers used in the power industry.
  • You’ll learn about using electrical energy in buildings, for heating, lighting, ventilation and air-conditioning.
  • You’ll look at protection devices within HV systems, and switchgear such as switches, fuses or circuit breakers to isolate equipment.
  • You’ll also continue to study maths for engineering.
  • Finally, you’ll explore energy as a whole, including energy demand, production and consumption. You’ll look at the potential impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable energy sources and energy efficiency measures.

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 dawn.baxter@ayrshire.ac.uk


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

  • Progressing via established pathways to a 2+2 Degree programme with Glasgow Caledonian University in both Electrical Power Engineering and Electrical, Electronic and Energy Engineering (direct entry to year 3 on attaining a minimum grade B in your engineering project.
  • Seeking to start your career with employment as an electrical engineer.

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Start Date

Aug 2022

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