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Advanced Industrial Automation Engineering (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Engineering, Energy & Gas, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

1st Aug 2021, 2 years


Riverside Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    On this HND Mechatronics Advanced Industrial Automation Engineering course, you'll expand the principles covered in your robotic, electrical, mechanical and electronic units gained in the HNC Mechatronics. You will develop this understanding further and show how these individual engineering areas are interfaced together with computing software to form interactive and complex production systems.

    During the course, you'll be taught by staff with significant industry experience to develop your skills in a range of theory and practical disciplines. Many of the course units are project-based with report writing included in just over half of the second year subject units this Including a Graded Unit 2 technical project.

    The course is designed to enable you to gain employment in the Industrial Automation Sector which deals with the software and hardware environments within production and manufacture control and design or articulate on to third year of a degree program.

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • HNC Mechatronics

    Additional selection requirements

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

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    Some of the units you will study are:

    • Robotic Systems.
    • Engineering Design Process Mechatronics.
    • High Level Language I/O.
    • Electrical Engineering Principles 2.
    • Electronic Testing Skills.

    After the course


    The qualification in Advanced Industrial Automation Engineering is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment or for progression to further academic and/or professional qualifications.

    Continuing Study

    The HND Mechatronics Advanced Industrial Automation Engineering at City of Glasgow College will allow articulation to part-time or full-time degree courses in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK. 





    How the course is taught

    The course will be taught in two 18 week blocks with class sessions of two hours duration. You will also be required to work by self-study outwith timetabled class contact and arrange lab entry for additional practical activities out with timetabled class contact within course study groups.

    Assessment methods

    Each unit will have a minimum of one learning outcome end of unit assessment which may also include a practical and report element. Some units have more than one learning outcome assessment which will be delivered within the timeframe of the unit.

    HND Mechatronics Advanced Industrial Automation Engineering candidates will also undertake a 2 Credit HND Graded Unit at SCQF level 8. This will have practical, technical and presentation elements.

    Additional Information


    You will be asked to supply your own copy of recommended course books.  You will have to supply your own writing and drawing materials along with a scientific calculator.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      1st Aug 2021, 2 years
    • Location:
      Riverside Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome