Level 4 HNC in Mechatronics Engineering


The HNC in General Engineering (Mechatronics) is a two-year part time programme  on which students will be required to attend South West Durham Training in Newton Ayclie for one day per week. The modules studied will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of mechatronic systems and principles.

Within this programme, students have the opportunity to study two additional modules, enabling the HNC in General Engineering to be achieved in one year rather than two. All students will carry out practical work on and in our automation training facilities, electronics lab and engineering workshops. These sessions provide the opportunity to work on industrial standard equipment, and to learn engineering skills including: automation control; PLC programming; mechanical maintenance; fluid power; and electrical measurement and testing.

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

Utilisation of Electrical Energy



Mechatronics systems principles


Applications of pneumatics and hydraulics

Electrical and electronic principles

Quality and business improvement

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

What can I do when I finish?

Students have the opportunity to progress to a one year L5 HND Diploma in General (Mechatronics) Engineering, with further progress to a top-up Degree in Engineering (subject to achieved grades). This course also provides opportunities for employment in mechatronics and automation engineering  industries, for example: engineering operatives; multi-skilled maintenance technicians and automation engineers.

To apply for this course please complete a SWDT Application Form. Once your application has been received you will receive an acknowledgement and you will be contacted by either the course tutor or the recruitment team for interview.

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