Engineering & Welding
We have recently relaunched our Engineering Centre with approximately £1million of investment (£500,000 of which came from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) via its Growth Deal) resulting in an entirely new product design and prototype suite running the latest 2D and 3D CAD software, 3D printing, CMM, new CNC Mills and Lathes, manual Milling and Turning Metal, fabrication (including CNC Press Brake), the latest welders (capable of processes such as Flux Cored, MIG, TIG and MMA), Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Mechatronics, PLC’s and Electronics equipment. This investment puts the College in the unique position of being able to offer a range of courses, from basic introductory levels through to Higher Education, Apprenticeships and bespoke training to meet individual company needs. 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.
Level 2 was mostly practical and this year on Level 3 there is a lot of theory and it’s preparing me for university. I live outside of Shrewsbury and the transport links to the College are good.
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:
- CAD Technician £15,000 to £35,000
- Welder £16,000 - £35,000
You could move on to be an:
- Energy Engineer £20,000 - £80,000
- Mechanical Engineer £22,000 - £55,000
Source: National Careers Service