Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Mechanical Engineering - Level 3 Diploma

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Course Code: FE0329-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: BTEC Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Level 3

Course aims

Almost every industry you can think of relies on mechanical engineering and there is always a demand for mechanical engineers. This course aims to provide you with the technical levels of competence to progress to a variety of degree courses and careers, or gain an apprenticeship. Our high specification workshops give you access to lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, drilling and welding equipment, along with advanced composites and CAD.

Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths, science and English.

Entry requirements

Course content

Year 1 (Subsidiary Diploma)

  • Mathematics for engineering
  • Health and safety
  • Mechanical principles and applications
  • Engineering drawing for technicians
  • Electro, pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Engineering secondary and finishing technique
  • Advanced composites

Year 2 (Extended Diploma)

  • Further mechanical principles and applications
  • Engineering project
  • Communications for engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Engineering design
  • Further mathematics for engineering
  • CAD
  • Applications of mechanical systems
  • PLCs

Why this course at the MET?

  • Up-to-date workshops
  • Advanced composite facilities
  • Industry-experienced tutors

This course is run from our purpose-built construction and engineering centre at Northbrook MET's Broadwater Campus. The industry-standard facilities simulate a real working environment, with workshops designed to provide a learning experience that will prepare you for employment.

You will work alongside students studying other construction and engineering disciplines and benefit from this unique learning environment. 

Broadwater Campus has excellent facilities, including our coffee shop (serving Starbucks beverages), canteen (hot and cold food and drink), Learning Resource Centre (Library) and access to research and IT facilities. Classrooms are equipped with projectors and screens to enhance your learning.

Further study

You can progress to university courses in a variety of engineering disciplines. Alternatively, you can progress to the part-time HNC in Mechanical Engineering at Northbrook.

Future careers

  • Production engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Corrosion engineer
  • Oil, gas or petroleum engineer
  • Auto/aero engineer
  • Robotic manufacturing
  • Computer-aided design
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Mechanical engineer

Typical Tasks:

  • Undertakes research and advises on energy use, materials handling, thermodynamic processes, fluid mechanics, vehicles and environmental controls.
  • Determines materials, equipment, piping, capacities, layout of plant or system and specification for manufacture.
  • Designs mechanical equipment, such as steam, internal combustion and other non-electrical motors for railway locomotives, road vehicles, aeroplanes and other machinery.
  • Ensures that equipment, operation and maintenance comply with design specifications and safety standards.
  • Organises and establishes control systems to monitor operational efficiency and performance of materials and systems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £24,843

AVERAGE £38,708

POTENTIAL £60,353

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies

Engineering technician

Typical Tasks:

  • Plans and prepares work and test schedules based on specifications and drawings.
  • Sets up equipment, undertakes tests, takes readings, performs calculations and records and interprets data.
  • Prepares estimates of materials, equipment and labour required for engineering projects.
  • Diagnoses and detects faults and implements procedures to maintain efficient operation of systems and equipment.
  • Inspects completed aircraft maintenance work to certify that it meets standards and the aircraft is ready for operation.
  • Visits and advises clients on the use and servicing of mechanical and chemical engineering products and services.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £20,300

AVERAGE £31,434

POTENTIAL £45,494

Desired Skills:
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Science

Science, engineering or production technician n.e.c.

Typical Tasks:

  • Sets up apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes.
  • Undertakes tests and takes measurements and readings.
  • Performs calculations and records and interprets data.
  • Assists technologists as directed.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -0.9% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,882

AVERAGE £27,125

POTENTIAL £41,379

Desired Skills:
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