The course has been designed to deliver a high level of knowledge about the engineering industry as well as the occupational skills required to enter the industry (known as ‘threshold competence’). A learner who completes this qualification is well placed to develop to full occupational competence with the correct support and training.
The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the engineering industry and the sector, and you will cover topics such as:
- Customer and client requirements
- Principles of design
- Design processes
- Communication in design
In addition to the core knowledge unit learners will study the following Occupational Specialism in Mechanical Engineering, the learners will be able to:
- Analyse and interpret engineering and manufacturing requirements, systems, processes, technical drawings and specifications.
- Evaluate systems, designs, components and processes, managing and integrating design information, proposals and specifications, to develop and improve mechanical engineering and manufacturing proposals and solutions.
- Propose and design mechanical engineering and manufacturing systems, products, components, processes and solutions, considering requirements, constraints and context.
- Collaborate to help manage, develop, test and quality assure mechanical engineering and manufacturing design information, systems, processes and outcomes.
- Communicate proposals, design information and solutions, producing, recording and explaining engineering and manufacturing representations, systems, processes, outcomes, specifications and technical drawings.
Learners will follow a core module that will develop a general understanding of Mechanical Engineering, including:
- Working within the engineering and manufacturing sectors
- Engineering and manufacturing past, present, and future
- Engineering representations
- Essential mathematics for engineering and manufacturing
- Essential science for engineering and manufacturing
- Materials and their properties
- Mechanical principles
- Electrical and electronic principles
- Engineering and manufacturing control systems
- Quality management
- Health and safety principles and coverage
- Business, commercial and financial awareness
- Professional responsibilities, attitudes, and behaviours
- Stock and asset management 16 Continuous improvement
- Project and programme management
They will also choose the Mechanical Engineering pathway to develop their specialist skills.
The purpose of this specialism is for learners to know and undertake designing and development processes within mechanical engineering.
Learners will have the opportunity to plan, perform and evaluate their work whilst utilising a range of techniques, methods and resources.
Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of, and skills in:
• Knowledge of design methodologies and processes.
• Knowledge of the tools, equipment and materials used in mechanical engineering.
• Knowledge of mathematical theories and methods used in mechanical engineering.
• Skills in producing mechanical drawings and representations.
• Skills in designing and developing working models.
• Skills in testing models and prototypes.
Learners may be introduced to this specialism by asking themselves questions such as:
• What different types of mechanical systems are there and what are they used for?
• What do mechanical engineers do on a daily basis?
• What areas of the engineering industry do mechanical engineers work in?
AUEA UTC will offer learners a unique learning experience through practical real-life projects which will be led by industry experts. Learners will be taught by teachers who have industry experience and are well established classroom practitioners.
Our learners have the opportunity to join additional societies to widen their skillset and knowledge including CCF.
- Mechanical Engineering Technician: As a mechanical engineering technician, you would work closely with mechanical engineers to assist in the design, development, testing, and maintenance of mechanical systems and components.
- CAD Technician: Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technicians specialize in using software tools to create and modify technical drawings and models. In this role, you would work closely with engineers and designers to produce detailed drawings and plans for mechanical systems and components.
- Manufacturing Technician: As a manufacturing technician, you would be involved in the production and assembly of mechanical components and systems. You would operate machinery, perform quality control checks, troubleshoot issues, and ensure that manufacturing processes are efficient and accurate.
- Quality Control Technician: Quality control technicians focus on inspecting and testing mechanical components and products to ensure they meet the required quality standards. You would use various measurement and testing equipment to perform inspections, analyse data, identify defects, and make recommendations for improvements.