SVQ Performing Engineering Operations Level 5 (Infill) - Mechanical
East Ayrshire Schools
This course is for school pupils only
Thursday and Friday 9am-4pm
Who is the course for?
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.
What is the course about?
This course is extremely practical, teaching you the basic hand skills you’ll need to become a Modern Apprentice in engineering. It’s an essential part of a Modern Apprenticeship, making you more employable in an engineering discipline.
There’s a bit of theory which includes topics such as how to use technical information like engineering drawings, how to work effectively in an engineering post, and health & safety regulations. 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 develop skills in producing 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 develop skills in ‘turning’ activities, learning how to use a lathe to produce a variety of components.
You’ll develop skills in the basic welding processes, including Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Metal Active Gas (MAG).
You’ll develop skills in wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits, learning how to make termination and connect components.
You’ll learn about basic computer numerical control (CNC) programming and machining activities.
You’ll learn how to use a Computer Aid Drawing (CAD) system, producing detailed drawings for mechanical engineering activities.
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 IT skills, including word processing, databases, spreadsheets and graphics.
What do I need?
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.
How will I be assessed?
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.
What do current students say?
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”.