• Engineering

    SVQ Performing Engineering Operations (Pre-Apprenticeship) Level 5

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration


  • Start Date

    From 24 Aug 2020

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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.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in engineering
  • Three National 4s or equivalent, ideally including Maths and English OR a relevant course at SCQF Level 4 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 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.

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto a relevant Level 6 course such as NC Electrical Engineering, NC Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NC Fabrication and Welding Engineering, NC Manufacturing Engineering or NC Mechanical Engineering.
  • Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Start Date

24 Aug 2020



Start Date

24 Aug 2020



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