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Performing Engineering Operations - EAL Level 2 NVQ Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

The course gives learners an excellent insight to the practical skills required by Engineers in modern day manufacturing, using up to date industrial equipment.

Course content


This qualification covers the fundamental skills and knowledge common to all engineering practices, including health and safety requirements and communicating engineering information. During this course learners will spend extensive time within the workshop environment where a great emphasis will be placed on Health and Safety and developing practical skills which will be formally assessed throughout the course.

The course consists of six units three of which are Mandatory:

• Working safely in an engineering environment
• Using and communicating technical information
• Working efficiently and effectively

The three optional units currently are:

• Producing components using hand fitting techniques
• Producing joints using MIG welding
• Producing components by turning


Entry requirements

GCSE Grades A* - D

If D grades are achieved in Maths and English students MUST also complete the GCSE to attain the C grade which is a requirement of ALL Engineering Programmes.
All students below a D grade (if accepted after interview and initial assessment) MUST complete Functional Skills in the area’s required.


This course is assessed by learners producing practical products and building a portfolio of evidence.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of the course you will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Engineering course or move into an advanced apprenticeship in Engineering.

Successful completion may also lead to employment at operator level.

Further information

Following successful completion of the course candidates may progress on to the Level 3 Engineering course, enter into an apprenticeship or employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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    • 2010 saw the opening of The Technical Academy on Peterlee's South West Industrial. The Academy was established by East Durham College with the aim of re-creating a professional, construction and engineering-based working environment where learners could receive the latest training in trade areas that the industry needs. The Academy is located in about 37,000 sq ft. of space with a vast workshop area, classroom and IT suite and specialise in trades such as welding, engineering, wall & floor tiling, electric and gas installation.