• Trades

    Introduction to Renewable Energy and Future Technologies

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

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As of 9 June 2022, applications for this course at the Ayr Campus are for a Waiting List only

If you want to become a Plumber, Electrician or building services engineer and find yourself without the necessary qualifications for getting a foot on the ladder then this course is the one for you. These trades have an impact on every aspect of modern living and enjoy exciting career opportunities in lots of different sectors, including construction and maintenance of buildings, transport, and aviation.

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

This course is seen as an important part of our pre-apprenticeship pathway. It allows for progression onto our Building Services Engineering awards within electrical or plumbing areas.



    • A real interest in working in the plumbing or electrical engineering sectors
    • Three relevant National 4s or equivalents
    • To present well at interview

    Optional entry for those who don’t have the required formal qualifications:

    • A real interest in working in the plumbing or electrical engineering sectors
    • You have life and or work experience for considering
    • You are ready to work on all areas that require developed

    If so please apply or call us for a chat.

    What's involved

    Throughout The Introduction to Renewable Energy and Technologies course you will be supported by a great team of qualified craftsmen as you work through the Certificates in Construction Skills (Electrical and Plumbing) at SCQF Level 4 (6619-08). Your introduction to the sectors focuses on practical electrical and plumbing installation work. Giving you the opportunity to study key areas within both while supporting growth in the math’s and science areas which are essential for moving up through the levels.

    We will start by giving you an Introduction to health and safety in construction sector moving on to learning about the main tools and equipment used by both trades and how we use them to carry out basic operations.

    You’ll look at PVC sheathed wiring systems, Hot and cold water systems (used for most house wiring and plumbing installs).

    ELECTRICAL content from:

    • Connecting flex to common apparatus
    • Introduction to the construction industry
    • Assembling 13amp switched sockets wired in ring final circuit
    • Constructing PVC wiring systems
    • Cutting, bending, joining and threading conduit
    • Installing one way lighting circuits
    • Installing two way lighting circuits

    PLUMBING content from:

    • Removing and refitting water-filled radiators
    • Working with non-manipulative fittings
    • Introduction to the construction industry
    • Bending and jointing copper pipes
    • Connecting pipes and fittings to appliances
    • Constructing combined frames
    • Installing rain water goods
    • Working with low carbon steel pipes and fittings

    Away from the workshop, you’ll look at other areas relevant to improving your employability skills.

    Go Anywhere

    In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

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

    • Moving onto a relevant Level 6 courses such as NC Electrical Engineering
    • Or jump start your career with an apprenticeship in the building services engineering sector - such as plumbing, heating and ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical and electro technical - or the renewables sector


    • Still deciding? - discover 10 reasons why you should study engineering. Click here to read the blog.
    • Give it your best shot - see our tips on preparing for an interview in engineering or construction. Click here to read the blog.
    • Think it’s just for boys? Think again! - Watch our short videos on our female engineering apprentices. Click here to read the blog.

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