Engineering is everywhere, helping transform people's lives around the globe. The work that engineers do is creative and hands-on. It's about designing things, finding solutions and improving things.

Engineering is one of the few career options that spans every sector, from sport to space. So whatever you care most about, there will be some engineering involved.

According to Engineering UK, 124,000 engineers and technicians with core engineering skills will be required each year in the UK alone.

Did you know that Engineering apprentices earn significantly more than the national apprentice minimum wage and the average Scottish engineer salary is 28% higher per year than the average Scottish salary.

So, there has never been a better time to start your career in Engineering!

This course is ideal for students starting out in engineering as it provides practical hands-on training and focuses on improving broad-based practical skills and knowledge with a hands-on approach. Practical skills covered include assembly, fitting, engineering drawing using a project based learning model. You will gain SQA Engineering skills units, practical experience and case studies of real life situations and problems you could encounter in an engineering job role.

During this programme you will work towards achieving the following SQA components at SCQF Level 5 including the Skills for Work Engineering framework and Mathematics, Mechanical, Computer-aided Design, and Core Skills (Communications, ICT & Local Investigations) units.

The course is open to both school leavers and those looking to change or further their careers. It is also suitable as a refresher course for updating engineering skills and for those wanting to learn new skills.

There is currently a shortage of engineers with practical skills and this course will give you the basic skills to progress into a range of engineering disciplines including the energy sector, both onshore and offshore renewables, the automotive sector and general engineering and manufacturing. The course is designed around project based learning and is designed to provide a fun and interesting learning environment with the course content linked to current and future engineering employers’ workforce skill sets and essential skills requirements.

  • Full-Time 18 week Feb Start
  • Full-Time 36 week August Start options available
  • Engineering Skills: Mechanical and Fabrication
  • Engineering Skills: Electrical and Electronic
  • Engineering Skills: Maintenance
  • Engineering Skills: Design and Manufacture
  • Mathematics
  • CAD
  • Graphical Communication
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Workshops Skills
  • Pneumatics & Hydraulics
  • Local Investigations
  • Communications
  • ICT
  • Three National 4's in English, Mathematics (C747 74), and preferably Physics or Engineering Science, or a qualification to this standard in a craft or technology subject
  • Successful completion of the three National 5 Mathematics Units or the two National 5 English Units will also be acceptable if the applicant has achieved these rather than National 4’s in these subjects.
  • If you have previous relevant industry experience then you may also be considered
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise

Subject to successful interview and completion of this course, you may progress into employment or into an appropriate Level 5 National Certificated Engineering Course for example National Certificate: Fabrication & Welding, or Electrical Engineering or Engineering Practice or Automotive Engineering, please see our prospectus for full details.

Progression to the Level 6 National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering may also be possible, provided the appropriate Mathematics and Mechanical units are achieved.

  • Completion of this course of study and further courses can provide a stepping stone and lead to modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of engineering and technology enabled sectors
  • These progression and employment routes exist in the following industries, mechanical, electrical, electronic, aeronautical, marine, automotive, fabrication and welding, maintenance, manufacturing, energy and renewable technologies
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise