Engineering & Welding
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We offer a wide range of courses at both full-time and part-time from Level 1 through to Level 5 Foundation Degrees. You will be able to study in specialisms such as Fabrication and Welding, Milling and Turning Metals, CNC Machining, Product Design, CAD, Electronics and Robotics.
We also offer various Apprenticeships in Engineering from Intermediate Level 2, through to Higher Level 5 programmes, as well as bespoke courses direct to employers and evening courses for the enthusiast who wants to develop specific skills. Our HNC in Manufacturing Engineering in Mechanical or Electrical / Electronics can be enhanced within the last six months of study to a Higher Apprenticeship.
All of our courses are supported by online resources and tutors who are industry experienced professionals who will teach you in our industry standard workshops and training rooms. You will leave us with the necessary skills to ensure that they are job-ready and equipped to become a skilled engineer.
We have strong links with employers, enabling students to attend work placements during their course, extending their commercial knowledge and facilitating networking amongst professionals. The result is that our qualified students leave as highly employable individuals with strong CVs.
There are several career branches you could specialise into, among them are Aeronautical, Electrical and Electronic, General, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Manufacturing. With experience, you could specialise in an area such as project management, progress into consultancy or work overseas. You could support your career development by working towards incorporated or chartered status.
A Level Options
This subject area has courses which can be taken alongside A Levels and other qualifications.
I realised I’d made the wrong choice staying on at my school’s Sixth Form, so was relieved to be able to start a full-time course here in January. The skills I learned led me to secure an apprenticeship with Cargotec, a leading provider of cargo handling solutions, which has a longstanding relationship with the College.
Students are regularly entered in regional and national competitions such as the WorldSkills UK.
Long-term prospects for the engineering sector are excellent, both locally and nationally. Training in Engineering offers you both the potential for an exciting and varied career for many years to come. Many of our students have progressed to University Degrees in Mechanical, Electronic, Energy and Chemical Engineering and to careers in areas as diverse as hospitals, amusement parks and sweet factories.
Career options and national starting averages include:
- Engineering Operative £12,000+
- Engineering Maintenance Operative £14,000+
You could move on to be a:
- Chemical Engineer £24,000+
- Energy Engineer £22,000+
- Mechanical Engineer £22,000+
- Design Engineer £20,000+
- Sheet Metal Engineer £18,000+
Source: National Careers Service