• Engineering

    NC Manufacturing Engineering

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year. Day-release, two years

  • 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.

If you’re considering a career in engineering, and in particular manufacturing, then this course is a great place to start.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in engineering
  • Four National 5s or equivalent OR a relevant course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life experience, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course offers a good mix of practical work and theory to introduce you to the skills and knowledge you’ll need for further study or employment.

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

  • You’ll learn to use basic maths and apply IT in an engineering context.
  • You’ll develop complex engineering workshop skills, including learning to read drawings, mark out, and manufacture components and an assembly to given specifications.
  • You’ll develop skills in complex engineering assemblies, learning about different mechanical fasteners, seals and bearings.
  • You’ll develop skills in using conventional, manual machinery, such as turning and milling units. You’ll then move on to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining, learning basic programmes and operations.
  • You’ll look at engineering dimension control, learning how to carry out a range of measurements on engineering components.
  • You’ll develop skills in basic engineering design, discovering how this is related to product design.
  • You’ll develop skills in Computer Aided Draughting (CAD), learning how to create detailed, 2D engineering drawings and generate assembly drawings.
  • You’ll look at mechanical engineering, learning about the systems and how to solve problems involving work, energy, conservation of energy and power.
  • You’ll develop skills in graphical engineering communication, learning how to produce engineering assembly drawings.
  • You’ll build 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.
  • Finally, you’ll develop your knowledge of engineering materials and important aspects such as quality, managing projects, and health and safety.

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 HNC course such as HNC Engineering Practice (Manufacturing)
  • Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in manufacturing.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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