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Performing Engineering Operations (Mechanical) Level 2 Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

A full-time course of primarily a practical nature for young people who wish to pursue a career in electrical, mechanical or manufacturing engineering. The training is undertaken in our new well-equipped workshops. Students will study for a Performing Engineering Operations Qualifications Level 2.

Course content

The main qualification is the EAL Performing Engineering Operations Award at Level 2 consisting of mandatory and specialist units.

Mandatory Units

  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information

General Support Units

  • General Bench Fitting
  • Setting and Operation of Centre Lathes
  • Setting and Operation of Manual Milling Machines

As well as this you will also receive a weekly tutorial, take part in course enrichment activities and study Functional Skills at your appropriate level in either: Application of Number, Communication or Information Technology.

Entry requirements

A minimum GCSE Grade D in Maths, English and Science or completion of an appropriate Level 1 course in Engineering.  As part of the admissions procedure you will have an interview with a member of the curriculum team and also undertake initial assessments in literacy, numeracy and practical skills.


This course is assessed by a range of methods that will include practical training exercises, practical assessments and other coursework.  Continuous assessment will be in the form of practical and written assignments.

Future opportunities

This qualification could lead to progression onto an Apprenticeship programme or other engineering based courses.  Students may continue their training in order to achieve NVQ Level 3.

Related careers
Electrical or electronics technician Electrical and electronics technicians perform a variety of miscellaneous technical support functions to assist with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical and electronic systems.
Vehicle technician, mechanic or electrician Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians accept calls for help and repair and service the mechanical parts and electrical/electronic circuitry and components of cars, lorries, buses, motorcycles and other motor vehicles, and repair and service auto air-conditioning systems.
Electrician or electrical fitter Electricians and electrical fitters assemble parts in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment, and install, maintain, and repair electrical plant, machinery, appliances and wiring.
Telecommunications engineer Telecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.
Electrical or electronic trade n.e.c. Job holders in this group perform a variety of electrical and electronic occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 524: Electrical and Electronic Trades.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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