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Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering at Salford and Trafford Engineering Group Training Association (STEGTA) Ltd.

Course description

Mechanical engineering is a diverse subject that derives its breadth from the need to design and manufacture everything from small individual parts and devices (e.g., microscale sensors and inkjet printer nozzles) to large systems (e.g., spacecraft and machine tools). The role of a mechanical engineer is to take a product from an idea to the marketplace. In order to accomplish this, a broad range of skills are needed. The mechanical engineer needs to acquire particular skills and knowledge. He/she needs to understand the forces and the thermal environment that a product, its parts, or its subsystems will encounter; to design them for functionality, aesthetics, and the ability to withstand the forces and the thermal environment they will be subjected to; and to determine the best way to manufacture them and ensure they will operate without failure. Perhaps the one skill that is the mechanical engineer’s exclusive domain is the ability to analyze and design objects and systems with motion.

Since these skills are required for virtually everything that is made, mechanical engineering is perhaps the broadest and most diverse of engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers play a central role in such industries as automotive (from the car chassis to its every subsystem—engine, transmission, sensors); aerospace (airplanes, aircraft engines, control systems for airplanes and spacecraft); biotechnology (implants, prosthetic devices, fluidic systems for pharmaceutical industries); computers and electronics (disk drives, printers, cooling systems, semiconductor tools); microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS (sensors, actuators, micropower generation); energy conversion (gas turbines, wind turbines, solar energy, fuel cells); environmental control (HVAC, air-conditioning, refrigeration, compressors); automation (robots, data and image acquisition, recognition, control); manufacturing (machining, machine tools, prototyping, microfabrication).

To put it simply, mechanical engineering deals with anything that moves, including the human body, a very complex machine. Mechanical engineers learn about materials, solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, control, instrumentation, design, and manufacturing to understand mechanical systems. Specialized mechanical engineering subjects include biomechanics, cartilage-tissue engineering, energy conversion, laser-assisted materials processing, combustion, MEMS, microfluidic devices, fracture mechanics, nanomechanics, mechanisms, micropower generation, tribology (friction and wear), and vibrations.

The breadth of the mechanical engineering discipline allows students a variety of career options beyond some of the industries listed above. Regardless of the particular path they envision for themselves after they graduate, their education will have provided them with the creative thinking that allows them to design an exciting product or system, the analytical tools to achieve their design goals, the ability to overcome all constraints, and the teamwork needed to design, market, and produce a system. These valuable skills could also launch a career in medicine, law, consulting, management, banking, finance, and so on.

For those interested in applied scientific and mathematical aspects of the discipline, graduate study in mechanical engineering can lead to a career of research and teaching.



Course content

The Apprenticeship Framework for this qualification includes:

  • Level 3 NVQ in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (comptenece based portfolio of evidence)
  • Day release at College to complete Level 3 BTEC
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT if required
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • ERR (Employer Rights and Responsibilities

Entry requirements

  • Normally 5 A-C GCSE grades including Maths, English, Science and ICT
  • Strong interest in engineering and science 
  • Computer literate
  • Willing to learn
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Enthusiastic


You will be required to undertake online Maths, English and ICT assessments to ensure you are working at a suitable level for this programme.

You will also undertake a short online multiple choice engineering aptitude assessments.

Financial information

The salary for each Apprenticeship position is determined by the employer.

The National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage is £3.30 per hour, however some employers may choose to pay a higher salary.

Future opportunities

Future opportunities to be a fitter, team leader.

Further information

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact the STEGTA Business Development Department on 0161 877 4078 or email

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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    • Contact name:
    • Nicola McGivern
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01618774078
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