HNC Mechanical Engineering

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If your aim is to become a Mechanical Engineer and work within industries such as oil and gas, renewables, power generation, aerospace, product design and advanced manufacture, then this course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to develop that career path. The course is structured to include a mix of practical and theory-based subjects that will provide you with the tools to function successfully within the engineering field.

You’ll have use of the college’s extensive engineering workshops and equipment, as well as our specialist labs and automated manufacturing facilities. In addition, you’ll be taught by highly qualified lecturers who have a wealth of experience and skills, all developed within the engineering sector. Our staff will also ensure you’re working to develop your full potential.




Minimum entry requirements:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above in Mathematics and preferably Physics or Engineering Science or Technical subject.


  • NC Manufacturing Engineering at SCQF level 5 (includes additional     maths).


  • Other equivalent qualifications or suitable work experience within the engineering sector and satisfactory completion of an aptitude test.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have a minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/HND courses.


On this course you will cover a number of topics including:

  • Engineering Maths 1 & 2
  • Engineering Principles
  • CNC Machining
  • Materials Selection
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Thermofluids
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Communications
  • Computer Aided Draughting for Engineers
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Dynamics
  • IT Applications
  • Quality Management
  • Graded Unit Exam

You’ll be in college 3 days per week for our fulltime students and with a day release option for apprentices. Successful completion of each subject involves a number of written and practical assessments and on occasion end-of-unit assessments. Towards the end of the academic year in May students will undertake a Graded Unit Exam. This is a 3-hour exam and will consist of questions from our core subjects.

All units are graded as a Pass or Fail, with the Graded Unit Exam graded at A/B/C or Fail.

Where can I go from here?

Graduates of this course will be able to go directly into the following courses: