HNC in Building Services Engineering
This course is ideal for those who are already working in, or training for a technician role in the areas of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It will provide you with a thorough understanding of the building services sector and you will explore analytical methods, management principles and building services science in depth. You will also gain a thorough understanding of design processes, principles and concepts.
The programme enables you to build up a firm foundation of knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of building services science and technology, which will complement the training that you have received as technicians.
You will develop skills of analysis, synthesis, decision making and the ability to apply fundamental principles to the solution of problems likely to be encountered within the industry. You will also be able to use computing methods and new technologies with confidence, over a range of building services applications and hence respond quickly, effectively and efficiently in a constantly changing technological environment.
What areas will I study?
- Individual project
- Construction technology
- Scientific principles for building services
- Construction practice and management
- Mathematics for construction
- Principles of heating services design & installation
- Principles of ventilation and air conditioning design & installation
- Construction information (drawing, detailing, specification)
Individual project (15 credits) This is a Pearson set project which changes annually, this , unit allows students to define, plan and undertake a project within the construction industry. The aim of this unit is to support students in using and applying the knowledge and skills they have developed through other areas of their studies to complete and present an individual project. In addition, this unit will provide students with key study skills that will support them in further study.
Construction technology (15 credits) This unit will introduce the different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion, by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations to be borne in mind when selecting the most suitable technological solution.
Construction information (drawing, detailing, specification) (15 credits) To achieve successful projects in the built environment requires a range of different types of information: to describe the project, quantify the materials, provide clear instructions for assembly and erection, and to allow for accurate costing and management. Throughout the process of design, construction and post-occupancy management, information is critical.
Construction practice management (15 credits) Students will explore how Health & Safety has evolved within the industry, including how the major stakeholders, from companies to site operatives, have embedded Health & Safety into their preferred areas of development and careers. In addition, students will explore Building Information Modelling and how it fits into construction processes/sequences ranging from domestic to large-scale and design and build projects.
Mathematics for construction (15 credits) The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills in the mathematical principles and theories that underpin the Construction, Civil Engineering and Building Services curriculum. Students will be introduced to mathematical methods and statistical techniques in order to analyse and solve problems within a construction engineering context. Topics included in this unit are: trigonometry and algebraic mathematical techniques; matrices; statistical techniques; differential and integral calculus, binomial and normal distribution; dimensional analysis, arithmetic progressions; vector analysis.
Principles of heating services design & installation (15 credits) Subjects included in this unit are: the design process, pre-design/design brief, the production of design data, thermal comfort, calculation of U-values, heat loss calculation, total heating loads and heating plant capacity, heating media and distribution systems, system layouts, heat emitters, heat sources, heating system components, sizing and specification of heating system components, and commissioning, testing and handover procedures.
Principles of ventilation & air conditioning design & installation (15 credits) This unit will introduce students to the principles of the design and installation of these ventilation and air conditioning systems that are present in all of the buildings we use in everyday life.
Principles of alternative energy (15 credits) The aim of this unit is to develop the students’ knowledge of current and future energy technologies and to apply that knowledge in analysis and assessment of its effectiveness. Students will also be called upon to apply that knowledge and research to a design activity.
Electrical Pathway is as above plus the following unit:
Principles of electrical design and installation (15 credits) This unit aims to provide the students with a broad understanding of electrical machines, distribution of electric energy and lighting design basics. This unit develops the skills needed to design simple electrical and lighting installations in compliance with relevant legislation and standards.