Level 4 HNC in Manufacturing Engineering


The HNC in Manufacturing Engineering is a two-year part time programme on which students will be required to attend South West Durham Training at Newton Aycliffe one day per week. The modules studied will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of electrical and electronic systems and principles. Within this programme, students have the opportunity to study two additional modules, enabling the HNC in Manufacturing Engineering to be achieved in one year rather than two. All students will carry out practical work in the fully equipped mechanical labs and engineering workshops. These sessions provide the opportunity to work on industrial standard equipment, to learn engineering skills including; materials testing, advanced manufacturing technology and lean manufacturing techniques.

Course requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C level including English and Maths; OR Level 3 BTEC Diploma or Level 3 Extended Diploma, A-Level qualifications in maths or science; OR For mature students with appropriate work experience a ‘bridging’ programme in engineering principles and mathematics may be required.

Entry will also be subject a satisfactory interview.

What will I do?

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including taught classes, tutorials, and practical sessions. The modules undertaken on this programme will include:

  • Analytical methods for engineers
  • Engineering science
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Design
  • Electrical Power
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Project
  • Advanced manufacturing techniques
  • Materials
  • Quality assurance

You will be assessed through written assignments, phase tests and practical assessments.

What will it give me?

Students have the opportunity to progress to a one year L5 HND Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering, with further progress to a top-up Degree in Engineering  (subject to achieved grades). This course also provides opportunities for employment in electrical and electronics engineering industries, for example: manufacturing engineering operatives, planner/schedulers, materials and logistics and production engineers.

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