Engineering Courses

Course Area Overview




At South West College we offer a broad range of Engineering courses, designed to prepare you for a variety of careers across the Engineering industry through gaining the skills and knowledge currently in demand in Industry.

Courses
BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University)

This BEng (Hons) Engineering Degree programme has been designed with industry objectives at its core. The aim of this programme is to produce graduates who can apply their understanding, knowledge, experience, skills and know-how to create social and economic value within the context of the Northern Ireland and UK economy. It aims to produce graduates who understand the underlying principles which underpin engineering, who can to conceive, design and implement a solution to a problem, creating something new which adds value to an organisation and society, within the boundaries of organisational strategy.

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BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University) (HLA)

This BEng (Hons) Engineering Degree programme has been designed with industry objectives at its core. The aim of this programme is to produce graduates who can apply their understanding, knowledge, experience, skills and know-how to create social and economic value within the context of the Northern Ireland and UK economy.It aims to produce graduates who understand the underlying principles which underpin engineering, who can to conceive, design and implement a solution to a problem, creating something new which adds value to an organisation and society, within the boundaries of organisational strategy.

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Engineering Manufacturing Skills Academy - Apprenticeship

The course supports the skills and knowledge development requirements for access into the engineering working environment and contains 3 components: -

  • Engineering qualifications (Combined)
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Engineering
  • (above cover: Welding , Fitting & Platework) Additional Units including:
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • CAD
  • PLC’s
  • Essential skills at an appropriate level in:
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • ICT
  • The course supports learner skills and knowledge development for the following pathways: Maintenance Technology; Fabrication and Welding Technology; Electrical and Electronics Technology, Technical Support.

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    ETA Performing Engineering Operations - Assembling and testing fluid power systems (Level 2 Hydraulics)

    This unit covers the skills and knowledge needed to prove the competences required to cover a broad range of basic fluid power assembly activiites that will prepare the learner for entry into the engineering or manufacturing sectors.

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    Introduction to PLC Programming

    This practical, hands on, training aims to introduce participants to PLC programming and teach them how to:

  • - Wire PLCs
  • -Develop skills and experience in ladder logic and structured text based programming languages using Siemens PLCs.
  • -Integrate PLCs with electro pneumatic/ hydraulic components, motors, lights and other mechatronic systems

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  • Level 2 Engineering Traineeship/Apprentice NI

    The course supports the skills and knowledge development requirements for access into the engineering working environment and contains 2 components:1. Engineering qualifications (Combined)

  • Level 2 ETCAL NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Engineering
  • 2. Essential skills at an appropriate level in:
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • ICT
  • The course supports learner skills and knowledge development for the following pathways: Maintenance Technology; Fabrication and Welding Technology; Electrical and Electronics Technology, Technical Support.

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    Level 3 Engineering (GOLD) Screening and Crushing

    The course supports the skills and knowledge development requirements for technician access into the engineering working environment and contains 3 components: -1. Engineering qualifications (Combined)

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in an Engineering Pathway
  • Pearson's BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • 2. Essential Skills at Level 2 in:
  • ICT
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    Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship

    The Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship will provide learners with a range of technical skills and knowledge enabling them to either gain employment or progress into further training within the Manufacturing or Maintenance Engineering sector. Although learners are likely to have already completed a Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Engineering, they can progress directly into the Level 3 qualification.The qualification includes mandatory and optional units, allowing learners to specialise in one of a number of engineering disciplines. Those available at South West College include Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, Welding and Fabrication, and Maintenance, Installation and Commissioning.

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    OCN NI Level 4 Certificate in Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems

    The OCN NI Level 4 Certificate in Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems qualification will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to design, build, test and maintain hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

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    Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Diploma in Engineering

    This course is aimed at learners who are interested in all forms or engineering and have no formal qualifications. The BTEC Level 1/2 course provides a practical, work based introduction into the field of engineering.

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    Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (GOLD)

    Advanced Automotive Engineering has been identified as a key area for economic growth in Northern ireland. A BTEC Diploma in Engineering is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding required for success in a range of mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering occupations. This qualification includes a selection of Automotive Technology units for Learners of engineering who have a particular interest this area.

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    Pearson BTEC Level 3 Engineering with Agriculture

    The BTEC Engineering with Agriculture is a full-time programme of study designed to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding required for success in a range of engineering or agricultural occupations. The qualification is also suitable for learners who have not yet decided on a particular technical specialism and who wish to gain a broader understanding of engineering and agriculture. Students will complete a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (2 A Levels) plus a Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Agriculture (1 A Level).

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    Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering

    The BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering is a two year, full-time programme of study designed to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding required for success in a range of mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering occupations. The qualification is also suitable for learners who have not yet decided on a particular engineering specialism and who wish to gain a broader understanding of engineering. This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

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    Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering

    The BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering is a one year, full-time programme of study designed to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding required for success in a range of mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering occupations. The qualification is also suitable for learners who have not yet decided on a particular engineering specialism and who wish to gain a broader understanding of engineering.This course is equivalent to 1½ A’Levels.

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    Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Advanced Technician in Engineering - Maintenance) (HLA)

    This part-time course has been designed to meet the specific needs of the local engineering industry by providing a range of higher-level technical skills in the maintenance of a range of engineering systems.The course is aimed at those working in the engineering industry and seeking an academic progression route whilst continuing to work. It is also designed for persons who want to formalise the skills already acquired in the industry or those wishing to re-skill.Applications are welcome from those not currently in employment but with the expectation that they will obtain suitable employment before the course commences.In addition to this, the course is also aimed at full-time students completing A-Levels, BTEC National Diplomas or Level 3 Apprenticeships who wish to continue their academic and professional career in Engineering while working in the local engineering sector. This course provides a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development.

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    Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering) - RQF

    This course has been designed to meet the specific needs of the local engineering industry by providing a range of higher level technical skills in manufacturing, procurement and management. The course is aimed at those working in the engineering industry and seeking an academic progression route whilst continuing to work. It is also designed for persons who want to formalise the skills already acquired in the industry or those wishing to re-skill. In addition to this, the course is also aimed at full time students completing A-Levels, BTEC National Diplomas or Level 3 Apprenticeships who wish to continue their academic career in Engineering. This course provides a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development.

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    Skills for Life and Work Level 1 Engineering

    The course supports the skills and knowledge development requirements for access into the engineering working environment and contains 3 components: -1) Engineering qualifications (Combined)

  • Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Performing Engineering Operations
  • City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Engineering
  • 2) Essential skills at an appropriate level in:
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • ICT
  • 3) Also broader transferable skills
  • Employability
  • Personal and Social Skills
  • Health Literacy
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    Ulster University FdEng Engineering with Specialisms (Manufacturing Engineering) (Dungannon Campus)

    The FdEng in Engineering (with Specialisms) has an industry focused approach, where graduates develop an extensive range of professional subject knowledge and technical skills. The programme has been designed in a more applied nature.
    This foundation degree is offered:

  • Full time over 2 years. Students will study full time, and in the second year will complete a period of work based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.
  • Part time over either 2.5 years or 3 years
    Students will study part time, and in the final semester will complete a period of work based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.

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  • Ulster University FdEng Engineering with Specialisms (Manufacturing Engineering) HLA (Dungannon Campus) (2.5 or 3 year options)

    The FdEng in Engineering (with Specialisms) has an industry focused approach, where graduates develop an extensive range of professional subject knowledge and technical skills. The programme has been designed in a more applied nature.Course delivery is part, over two and a half or three years. Students will study part time, whilst working in a relevant place of employment in the engineering industry and in the final semester will complete a period of work based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.

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    Ulster University FdEng Engineering with Specialisms (Mechatronics) (Omagh Campus)

    The FdEng in Engineering (with Specialisms) has an industry focused approach, where graduates develop an extensive range of professional subject knowledge and technical skills. The programme has been designed in a more applied nature.
    This foundation degree is offered:

  • Full time over 2 years. Students will study full time, and in the second year will complete a period of work based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.
  • Part time over either 2.5 years or 3 years
    Students will study part time, and in the final semester will complete a period of work based learning to compliment and consolidate their academic study.

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  • About our engineering courses

    It will provide you with specific practical, technical, and professional skills in design, engineering technology, management and communications. The courses aim to prepared you to progress up to Honours Degree level; to directly enter employment as a highly skilled employee; or to start your own business using the skills learned.


    At South West College we offer a broad range of Engineering courses, designed to prepare you for a variety of careers across the Engineering industry through gaining the skills and knowledge currently in demand in Industry. You will be provided with specific practical, technical, and professional skills in design, engineering technology, management and communications. These courses will prepare you to progress up to Honours Degree level; to directly enter employment as a highly skilled employee; or to start your own business using the skills learned.

    About the qualifications

    This suite of professional and technical qualifications is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed for working in a vibrant and challenging Engineering industry. The qualifications are designed in a progressive way to enable students to achieve professional recognition in a diverse range of occupational areas including site based and office roles.

     
    Level 2 First Diploma in Engineering
    Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (Equivalent to 3 ‘A’ Levels)
    NOCN Wind Turbine Blade repair
    City and Guilds Electrical Power Engineering - Wind Turbine Maintenance
    Level 4/5 Foundation Degree Engineering with specialisms;
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Mechatronics
    • Wind Turbine Technology

    Who is it suitable for?

    These programmes are designed to benefit school leavers wishing to pursue a career in the Engineering industry. They are also targeted at on site personnel considering upskilling/reskilling as well as current engineers and professionals pursuing Continuous Professional Development. On completion of the Foundation Degree you will have the opportunity to articulate to the second year of a Engineering Degree programme with exemption from the placement in Year Three. You can therefore complete an honours degree within the same 4 years as a student who enrols directly to the university at the beginning of Year One.

    Core areas of study

    Undertaking one of these programmes will provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in;

    • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
    • CAD
    • Electrical and Electronics Principles
    • Mechanical Technology
    • Engineering Science
    • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
    • Automotive Technology
    • Clean Energy Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Programming concepts and Robotics
    • Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing
    • Computer Aided Manufacturing
    • PLC’s
    • Wind Turbine Systems
    • Generation and Transmission of Electrical Energy