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Engineering (Performing Engineering Operations Level 2) at West Lancashire College

Course description

West Lancashire College has a thriving Engineering department based at its purpose-designed Construction Academy. Whilst studying on the course you will learn basic engineering skills across a wide range of engineering disciplines including working with hand tools, welding, domestic electrical circuits, machining, fitting and assembly techniques.

This qualification is for people who want the hands on skills required to progress to specialist areas of engineering.

Successful students tend to:

  • have an analytical mind
  • have the relevant technical skills
  • be interested in science and technology.

Course content

This manufacturing course is ideal for those who wish to improve or learn engineering skills, the course will also give students the opportunity to study generic areas such as health & safety and the design process.

Students will study a variety of the following units:
• Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
• Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering
• Using and Communicating Technical Information
• Making Components Using Hand Tools & Fitting Techniques
• Preparing and Using Workshop Machine Tools
• Wiring domestic electrical circuits
• Engineering Environment Awareness
• Engineering Techniques
• Technical Drawing
• Engineering and Maintenance Principles
• Welding Processes
• 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design


Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

From September 2015:

Theory Classes will take place at Main Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 6DX

Practical Classes will take place at West Lancashire Construction Academy, Gillibrands, Skelmersdale, WN8 9JP

Entry requirements

A minimum of 3 GCSEs at Grade C or above (preferably including maths) or a Level 1 Engineering qualification.

Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and we will be looking for an appropriate standard of English and maths. We are interested in your enthusiasm and commitment to succeed.


The course is assessed using a variety of methods including building a portfolio of evidence about the work you do, completing practical tasks under supervised conditions, knowledge checks, multiple choice examination, practical demonstration/assignment, practical examination and one online exam.

Future opportunities

You will be eligible to progress onto specific areas of engineering e.g. Motor vehicle, Plumbing, Electrical courses, or with further study, higher education courses involving engineering.

This course is designed to open up the world of Engineering to students either as a continuing student or potentially as an employed trainee. Career Progression, with further study, opportunities include:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Engineering Maintenance Technician
  • Tool Maker
  • Welder
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanic/Technician
  • Marine Engineer
  • Plumber
  • Heating & Ventilation Engineer
  • Gas Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lancashire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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