• Aeronautical

    SVQ Performing Engineering Operations Level 5 (Infill) - Aeronautical

  • Eligible Schools

    South Ayrshire Schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time


    Thursday and Friday 9am-4pm


Please note this is an Infill course, meaning you will be joining existing College students. One of the main benefits of this type of course is that you will be working with more experienced students that can help you develop your skills and knowledge of the course.

This level 5 course is for anyone who has an interest in Engineering, enjoys practical hands-on work in a workshop environment, can problem solve and wishes to gain relevant practical experience within this industry to possibly gain an apprenticeship. You will populate and develop a portfolio which can be used to show employers during interviews. You need to be able to work safely and be very responsible about Health & Safety.


This course is extremely practical, teaching you the basic hand skills needed to work successfully in the aviation industry. Most of your time will be spent in our state of the art Aeronautical Engineering Training Centre which offers workshops, a composites lab, ICT and a hangar.

There’s just a bit of theory, which includes some physics and maths, relevant to an engineering context. You’ll also look at topics such as how to use technical information like engineering drawings and skills for working effectively in an engineering post, such as good planning. We’ll also spend a small amount of time developing your core skills for employment, such as working as part of a team.

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

You’ll start by learning to produce components using hand fitting techniques. You’ll use a wide range of hand and portable power tools to carry out activities such as hand sawing, filing, drilling and riveting.
You’ll look at the process for producing mechanical assemblies such as a pulley bracket and box assembly, and will carry out different assembly operations.
You’ll work with composites and learn to produce composite mouldings using wet lay-up techniques, and produce composite assemblies.
You’ll develop skills in carrying out aircraft detail fitting activities and produce a range of aircraft detail assemblies, including stringers, frames, panels and trays.
You’ll learn how to install different types of aircraft mechanical fasteners, such as rivets, anchor nuts, pins and other locking devices.
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 learn how to use a Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) system, producing models in a 3D environment.


There are no formal entrance requirements but if you want to take engineering further you should be working at National 5 level in Maths and Physics is helpful too. Candidates will be interviewed and need to demonstrate a desire to learn new skills and a commitment to consistent and full attendance.


Assessments are practical and focus on the attainment of new skills as and when you acquire them. You will be required to complete a log book.


Successful completion of this Course may provide you with opportunities to progress to a full time Engineering College Course at College and there may also be opportunities for Modern Apprenticeships. If you want to study Engineering, the PEO is a great addition to your National Qualifications because it shows that you have practical experience.


I enjoy being at College, with different students from other schools. One day I am in the workshop and the other day the work is class room based learning. It gives me a practical experience and understanding of what would be expected if I successfully gain an apprenticeship”.

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