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Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2 at York College

Course description

The course is designed to give you a broad-based understanding of the practical sides of engineering. If you are a person who is more practically inclined and do not like spending hours in the classroom this course is for you. Alongside this course you will study some underpinning theory to develop your understanding of the engineering environment, health and safety, engineering drawing etc.

The practical work aims to cover Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic and Fabrication Engineering.

Typical units may include:

  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
  • Communications
  • Working Effectively in an Engineering Environment
  • Computer Aided Drawing
  • Filing and Fitting Techniques
  • Sheet Metal Work
  • MIG/Gas Welding
  • Thermal Cutting Equipment
  • Wiring and Testing Electrical Circuits
  • Testing Electronic Circuits

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview, however you would be expected to have achieved at least grade D in Maths and English (grade 3+) and two other related subjects at GCSE level.


You will be assessed using a range of methods ie demonstration of competent practical skills and completion of various logbooks. Your underpinning knowledge of the relevant subject areas will be assessed using written questions.

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The course is very practical and much of the work is completed in an engineering workshop environment. Because of this you will be expected to provide health and safety equipment which fits you correctly. The equipment is safety boots and a suitable pair of overalls and you will not be allowed into workshops without these.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course can lead you to other higher level courses, such as the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering and Technology and apprenticeships. However, for progression onto some of our Level 3 courses you will need GCSE grade C in Maths (grade 5), English (grade 4) and Sciences or equivalent.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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