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Overview

Our unique Level 2 two-year Mechanical Engineering programme is designed to support you in achieving a Level 2 qualification in engineering by embedding a skills development and employability programme into your engineering course.

From day one, we'll begin preparing you, not just with the technical knowledge required by the industry, but also with the additional skills employers expect from their employees.

You’ll work with a range of workshop equipment such as lathes and milling machines, and you’ll also develop your craft using hand-tools. Working with our highly experienced team of lecturers, trainers/assessors and technicians, you will develop the skills required in the 21st century mechanical manufacturing engineering sectors.

After completing this course, there'll be plenty of options for you because you will have developed the skills which are in high demand by industry. You could progress onto our Level 3 Diploma, an apprenticeship or into employment. The sky’s the limit!

Read about former student Raheem who is now at university and has his sights set on working for Aston Martin: https://www.sccb.ac.uk/latest-news/item/679-raheem-arif-former-engineering-and-manufacturing-student-sets-his-sights-on-aston-martin

Course description

Mechanical engineering is the discipline that applies engineering physics, engineering mathematics, and materials science principles to design, analyse, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems. It is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines.

This Level 2 two-year Mechanical Engineering programme provides you with a broad engineering education that covers a wide range of mechanical engineering subjects.

You will experience an interactive way of learning. Practical and experimental classes offer you hands-on experience to complement the course's more theoretical modules, while innovative design-build-test projects replace the more traditional lesson and workshop sessions.

Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to visit an engineering manufacturing facility to see how they operate and the types of equipment they’re using. We’ll also invite guest speakers from industry and former students now at university to tell you about their experiences working in the sector and what opportunities await you.

Staff profile – Ian Partington, Advanced Technician in Engineering: Schooled at Bournville Grammar Technical School for Boys 1972-1978, then obtained a BSc (Hons) Degree in Production Engineering at the same time as being a Student Apprentice with Lucas Electrical (4yr Course). Continued with Lucas’s with various roles, which included Senior Quality Engineer, Warranty Return Engineer working with organisations which included Rolls Royce, Ford, Jaguar and Leyland/Austin Rover.

Moved to a company making Briton Door Closers and Fire Exit Hardware as a Production Engineer, then Snr Production Engineer (Roles included specifying tools, planning processes and training staff on CNC Machines and PLC Programming) and eventually Production Engineering Manager in charge of a department, which included Production Engineers and Designers. Roles included managing multi-million annual Budgets, specifying/ordering machines and tools from around the world and passing these machines and tools off before delivery, overseeing new engineering projects and laying out, planning and installing machines and production lines in new factory.

Moved to a company making bespoke jigs, fixtures and gauges as Technical Sales Manager, roles included quoting (and part designing) and overseeing technical projects UK wide from ‘Cradle to Grave’. Lectured in Manufacturing Engineering and taught 11-18 year olds in D&T and Engineering as a Qualified Teacher.

What areas will I study?

You will study a range of engineering topics including:

  • Working in engineering
  • Use of hand tools
  • Basic maths and science in engineering
  • Turning and milling
  • CAD
  • CAM

The Skills Development and Employability programme will develop your organisational skills, time-management and team-working skills in addition to the many more skills employers seek in the engineering sector.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 Starting Now, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 Starting Now, Duration: 2 Academic years £750.00 Exam Fee:£287 2 Academic years In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ Starting Now, Duration: 2 Academic years Please contact the college for fee information 2 Academic years In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.