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Mechanical Engineering HND

(SCQF level 8)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study

Full-time

Start Date

26th Aug 2019, 2 years

Location

Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome

Overview

This two-year course allows you to study mechanical engineering to a professional standard. On completion of this course you'll typically go to university, or move into industry as supervisors or technician. Find job profiles here.

This course involves the use of the college’s extensive engineering equipment, which includes our mechanical workshop, pneumatics and hydraulics rigs and computer suites running CAD design software.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit: www.scqf.org.uk/the-framework/.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above including Mathematics and preferably Physics or Engineering Science; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in a relevant Mechanical Engineering subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

What you study

Year one:

  • Statics and Strength of Materials.
  • Thermofluids.
  • Dynamics.
  • Materials Selection.
  • Engineering Maths 1 & 2.
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics.
  • Engineering Principles.
  • Computer-Aided Draughting for Engineers.
  • Engineering Drawing.
  • Communications.
  • Introduction to Quality Management.
  • DC and AC Principles.
  • Personal Development Planning.
Year two:
  • Practical Engineering Workshop Skills.
  • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance.
  • Plant Systems.
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics.
  • Strength of Materials Advanced.
  • Design for Manufacture.
  • IT Applications.
  • Engineering Maths 3 & 4.
  • Safety Engineering and the Environment.
  • Three Phase Systems.
  • Business Awareness and Continuous Professional Development.

After the course

Careers

You can look for employment at technician level in a mechanical discipline. 

Continuing Study

Successful completion of the HND with a Graded unit 2 result of B or above will allow you to apply for second or third-year entry into various universities.

If you successfully complete the HND with a Graded unit result of B or above plus complete Maths 5 for Engineering this will allow you to enter directly into selected 3rd year BEng programs at Glasgow Caledonian University and University of West of Scotland and year 2 at Strathclyde University.  Other universities will also accept this qualification as advanced standing however it is recommended that individual institutions are contacted prior to completing a UCAS application.  If universities request Engineering Maths 5 to be completed as part of the entry requirements, this can be completed, however there may be a charge for that unit.

Teaching

How the course is taught

The course is taught on a full-time basis - 3 days per week.  Part-time routes are also available for apprentices.

Assessment methods

To achieve an HND you require to pass 30 credits, therefore we complete 15 in the first year and 15 in the second.

Some of the units are assessed in a single exam upon completion of teaching for that unit (e.g. Statics and Strength of Materials, Thermofluids and Dynamics).  Others are split into individual outcome assessments.  Engineering Skills is workshop based.  Pneumatics and Hydraulics involves fault finding on the practical rigs.  CAD drawings are completed within our computer suites.

Towards the end of the first year students undertake their Graded Unit 1 exam.  This is a 3 hour, closed book exam containing questions from the following topics: Statics and Strength of Materials, Thermofluids, Dynamics, Materials, Quality, Pneumatics and Hydraulics and Engineering Principles.

In the second year the Graded Unit 2 is project based.

All units are graded as Pass/Fail other than the Graded Units which are graded A, B, C or Fail.

Additional Information

Materials

Presentations and notes are accessible through our Virtual Learning platform.  All PPE will be supplied.

Dress code

All relevant workshop PPE will be supplied by the college.

  • Mode of Study:
    Full-time
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2019, 2 years
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome