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Mechanical Engineering Level 3 Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

This is a work related qualification designed to offer you the choice of routes into higher education or employment in the engineering sector.  It will give you a broad based introduction to your chosen career. The BTEC National programme is designed as a full-time, two year course, which will enable students to study towards a technician qualification which is recognised throughout the engineering industry.

Course content

The modules you will study include 5 core units:

  • Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Communications for Technicians
  • Engineering Project
  • Mathematics for Technicians
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications  

Plus six units from

  • Engineering Drawings for Technicians
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Measurement and Inspection Techniques
  • Engineering Secondary/Finishing Processes
  • Electro, Pneumatics and Hydraulics Systems and Devices
  • Finishing processes
  • Fabrication Technology
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Mechanical Measurement and Inspection Techniques
  • Engineering Secondary/Finishing Processes
  • Fabrication Processes and Technology
  • CNC Machine of Machine Tools

As well as the main qualification you will also have the opportunity to study for a short engineering related qualification.  You will also receive a weekly tutorial, take part in course enrichment activities and study one Functional Skill at your appropriate level in either Application of Number, Communication or Information Technology. A range of assessment methods will be used that may include projects, assignments, case studies and written assessments.  However, the emphasis is on coursework rather than examinations.

Entry requirements

For the Level 3 Diploma a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above (including English, maths and Science). The BTEC Level 2 first Diploma in Engineering may be accepted at merit level or above. Mature applicants will be interviewed. A BKSB Assessment in Numeracy and Literacy will be held during the induction period.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities include a wide range of technician positions in a wide range of engineering industries including, manufacturing, design, pharmaceutical, service industries, off-shore oil and gas companies.  These qualifications also allow you to progress onto higher education courses such as BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma or a Degree programmes.

Related careers
Mechanical engineer Mechanical engineers undertake research and design, direct the manufacture and manage the operation and maintenance of engines, machines, aircraft, vehicle and ships’ structures, building services and other mechanical items.
Engineering technician Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.
Science, engineering or production technician n.e.c. Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of technical support functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 311: Science, Engineering and Production Technicians.


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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