24 months (Starting January 2023)
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You will need to have one of the following:
You may also take up the course if you have:
The Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is designed to develop the student’s knowledge, understanding and skills required for successful employment or progression to an undergraduate degree. The qualification has been designed to meet the major functions in Mechanical Engineering.
You will develop a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
As well as classroom-based and science sessions, you will carry out practical activities such as tensile testing, Charpy impact testing and Rockwell hardness testing. These will be incorporated into your assessments. Alongside materials testing equipment you’ll work with CAD software. The Engineering Project module allows you to carry out a project of your choice and evaluate the results.
Typically selected in conjunction with your employers and implemented in your workplace, the project gives you a valuable way to experience the applications of mechanical engineering in a real-life situation. One of our students changed the process control for the production of precision bearings (to eliminate the need for costly lapping processes), for example, while another implemented a tool tracking system to allow a company to improve tractability, reduce loss and damage, and anticipate ordering requirements to reduce downtime.
Successful completion of an HNC in Mechanical Engineering will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for relevant industry employment. You can top-up to HND or progress on to a degree course or Apprenticeship.