Mechanical Engineering HNC Pearson Level 4

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Course Details

Start Date: 18/09/2023

  • Code: PITAMC00013
  • Location: Institute of Technology

Course Summary

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: Engineering Design; Engineering Mathematics; Engineering Science; Managing a Professional Engineering Project; Mechanical Principles; Robotics and Automation; Fundamentals of Thermodynamics; Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM).

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.

Course Content

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering qualification comprises of a minimum of 120 credits. 50 credits of 3 mandatory/core units and 70 credits of a minimum of 4 specialist units. Depending on chosen units, apprentices will develop a knowledge and understanding in the following areas: Analytical Methods., Engineering Design, Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Science, Managing Projects, Mechanical Principles, Robotics & Automation Thermodynamics and CAD/CAM.

Course Assessment

For the HNC technical qualification apprentices will attend the new Institute of Technology on a day release or evening basis. The HNC is assessed through Pearson approved practical assessments and assignments.

Employer Benefits

This course will develop knowledge and skills and on completion students should be able to supervise and provide technical guidance to quality inspectors and junior mechanical engineering staff. On successful completion, students should be able to provide technical support to production and assist with product development. They will be skilled at solving technical issues within the company and with sub-contractors, suppliers and customers.

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Qualifications

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering qualification comprises of a minimum of 120 credits. 50 credits of 3 mandatory/core units and 70 credits of a minimum of 4 specialist units. Depending on chosen units, apprentices will develop a knowledge and understanding in the following areas: Analytical Methods., Engineering Design, Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Science, Managing Projects, Mechanical Principles, Robotics & Automation Thermodynamics and CAD/CAM.

Progression

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

Entry Requirements

You will need to have one of the following:
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (MMP or better)*
- BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (MM or better)*
- A Level in Mathematics and Physics (C or above)
- City & Guilds Electrical Installation or Electrical Electronics qualification at Level 3
- Access to HE in Engineering (Including the ‘Electrical Principles’ and ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ modules). *including the ‘Electrical Principles’ and ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ modules.

You may also take up the course if you have…
- BTEC Nationals in Engineering (Pass)
- BTEC Nationals in Science (Pass)
- Access to HE Science
- Suitable industrial experience and other STEM related qualifications.
- Previous engineering experience and you complete a Mathematics and bridging module.

Can I get help with fees?

Funding may be available to support your learning as an adult (aged 19+) studying at Dudley College. Check out the Financial Support guidance for more information.

Start Date: 18/09/2023

  • Code: PITAMC00013
  • Location: Institute of Technology
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