The first year of this course is called the BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering and it combines both mechanical and electrical engineering. You will learn about electrical/electronic, manufacturing and mechanical engineering, gaining both practical and theoretical skills in a wide range of subjects, from engineering drawing, electronic devices and circuits to engineering product design and manufacture.
In the second year, you will study more specialised units such as analogue electronics, microprocessor and three phase systems. You will use a CAD system for your drawing work and make engineering products using workshop equipment. In the project unit you will be required to develop an idea from initial stages to the final solution.
The course is made up of 15 units (7 mandatory units, 8 optional units in electrical and electronic engineering, 3 externally tested units):
- Engineering Principles
- Delivery of Engineering Processes Safety as a Team
- Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
- Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
- Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
- A specialist Engineering Project
- Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
You will work both as an individual and as part of a group in workshops, laboratories and in theory classes. You will develop your understanding through a combination of theoretical and practical studies using machine tools, computers, electrical and mechanical measuring instruments.