About the course
In a fast pace and constantly developing world there is always high demand for Engineers. It is a well reported fact that there is currently a shortage of engineers within all industries across various countries around the world. Engineers are extremely employable, in the UK alone, the manufacturing sector employs 2.7 million people at an average wage of £34,538. Generally, within the engineering sector the wages are 13% higher than the rest of the economy. A career in engineering provides successful students with a defined career path that provides many opportunities (Source: Make UK 2020).
This course will give you the basic skills to progress into a range of engineering disciplines including manufacturing and various maintenance disciplines in sectors such as, Aerospace, Armed Forces, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy and Rail sectors. 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 skills requirements.
This Engineering course is ideal for people starting out in engineering as it provides practical hands-on training and focuses on building broad-based practical skills and knowledge with a hands-on approach.
You will gain a formal Engineering qualification that is recognised by industry as the sector standard giving you a head start to gain an apprenticeship with one of the many local employers West Suffolk College works with. 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.
You will learn how to work effectively and safely. In addition to the practical skills you will develop, you will also improve your employability through the enhancement of your communication, numeracy and information technology abilities.
Entry is by interview. English and Maths at Grade 3 (C) or above, or a level 1 Diploma with appropriate grades in relevant units.
The course you will be studying is the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technologies.
What you'll learn (core modules)
- Engineering skills
- Engineering materials
- Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)
- Engineering Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Engineering projects
- Communication skills
- Mathematics and Science
- Work Experience, Employability and careers
- Essential Skills including problem solving, working with others and ICT
Benefits, skills and character strengths
This GCSE level equivalent (level 2) Engineering course equips students with the foundation and specialist knowledge which allows you to progress onto employment, apprenticeship or further study at West Suffolk College on the Level 3 in Engineering. These next steps could include industries such as Aerospace, Biomedical, Armed Forces, Manufacturing, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, Automotive and Rail sectors.
Where will the course take me?
This course is suitable for those who want to complete a level 3 in engineering at West Suffolk College or for those who want to become Technicians or Apprentices in this sector. Possible career opportunities would be Maintenance Engineer, Technician Engineer, Design/Development Engineer.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Apply now to secure your place on the course.
Days & times
Starting September 2021