HND Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineers are a group of professional, creative and problem-solving individuals, that can work independently or as part of a team. After acquiring the HND qualification, you’ll be able to gain a firm foothold as a Trainee Engineer and progress your career within a vast range of industries, such as oil and gas, renewables, power generation, aerospace, product design and advanced manufacture. Alternatively, you could also further your academic studies and gain entry to either 2nd or 3rd of a University Degree course. Either way, an HND in Mechanical Engineering will set you on the path to career success and personal and professional development. 

When you study at NCL 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.



To gain entry to this course, you should have completed the HNC Mechanical Engineering course. 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.


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. This course includes the following:

  • Engineering Maths 3,4 & 5
  • Engineering Skills
  • CNC Machining
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Plant Systems
  • Statics and Strength of Materials Advanced
  • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • Economics of Manufacture
  • Graded Unit Project*

* The final graded unit project will be submitted in May with study, research, and tutor support time being provided within this course.


You’ll be in college 3 days per week for our fulltime students. 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 submit their final Graded Unit project. All units are graded as a Pass or Fail, with the Graded Unit Project graded at A/B/C.