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Mechanical Engineering (Technician) Diploma Level 3 at Colchester Institute

Course description

This exciting programme offers an alternative to traditional AS/A Level study. It provides an opportunity to advance skills and career potential within the field of engineering.

This programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of local, regional and national mechanical engineering employers and also prepare you for study at a higher level. You will have the opportunity to develop and design components and machinery used in many industries like manufacturing, construction, water, power, health and transport.

The course covers the fundamental mechanical engineering concepts and skills required of a technician, including engineering, maths and science as well as providing a sound basis for further study at higher education level. You will work within our fully-equipped engineering workshop combining practical activities with lectures, assignments, visits, personal and group tutorials. This is a work-related qualification, with content reflecting the rapidly developing technologies in industry. You will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Compulsory units cover working effectively and safely in an engineering environment and engineering principles and practice. A further mandatory unit covers specific principles of engineering.

Delivery is through structured lectures, practical activities, assignments, visits, student-centred learning and personal tutorials. Sessions are shared with day release students

Course content

Mechanical Engineering Diploma Level 3 Units may include:

  • Mechanical Principles
  • CAD
  • Turning
  • Milling
  • CNC Machining
  • English, Maths and Progression into Industry

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs (grades A*-C), including English and maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification, and an interview.

Future opportunities

This programme gives skills that are valued by employers. It provides a clear route into a wide range of engineering activities as a technician or apprentice.

Options in higher education, including HNCs and Foundation Degrees, providing a satisfactory level of maths and science is obtained by taking the additional advanced maths and science unit as part of this course, or an equivalent qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016

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