You will study 4 mandatory units:
- Engineering principles
- This unit will develop your mathematical and physical scientific knowledge and understanding to enable you to solve problems set in an engineering context. You will explore and apply the algebraic and trigonometric mathematical methods required to solve engineering problems. The mechanical problems you will encounter cover static, dynamic, fluids and thermodynamic systems. The electrical and electronic problems you will encounter cover static and direct current (DC) electricity, DC circuit theory and networks, magnetism, and single-phase alternating current theory.
- Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
- In this unit, you will examine common engineering processes, including health and safety legislation, regulations that apply to these processes and how individual and team performance can be affected by human factors. You will learn the principles of another important process, engineering drawing, and develop two-dimensional (2D) computer-aided drawing skills while producing orthographic projections and circuit diagrams. Finally, you will work as a team member and team leader to apply a range of practical engineering processes to manufacture a batch of an engineered product or to safely deliver a batch of an engineering service.
- Engineering product design and manufacture
- In this unit, you will examine what triggers changes in the design of engineering products and the typical challenges that engineers face, such as designing out safety risks. You will learn how material properties and manufacturing processes impact on the design of an engineering product. Finally, you will use an iterative process to develop a design for an engineering product by interpreting a brief, producing initial ideas and then communicating and justifying your suggested solution. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.
- Applied commercial and quality principles in engineering
- In this unit, you will explore how key business activities and trade considerations influence engineering organisations and are used to create a competitive advantage. You will understand why organisations need to control costs and how they make decisions, applying an activity-based costing methodology. You will also understand what is meant by quality and why it means different things to different people; you will investigate quality systems, including quality assurance and control. Finally, you will explore value management as a process to create value in an organisation.
You will also study 3 of 20 optional units, including:
- Computer aided design in engineering
- Welding technology
- Electronic devices and circuits
- Maintenance of mechanical systems
- Computer programming
- Manufacturing computer numerical control machining processes
A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades:
- 6 in maths, 5 in English or above, and
- 3 other GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including science or a technology
You be assessed via a portfolio of evidence collected throughout the course.
You can go on to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering or apply for an engineering apprenticeship.
You could take up a position at trainee technician level in telecommunications, computer aided draughting and design, mechanical and electronic fault diagnosis and repair.
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