Engineering Technology is all about how ideas and designs are applied to problems and needs - people who work in engineering technology are called Incorporated Engineers, and they are skilled at using industrial machines and tools, computers, plans and data.
Across the UK, there are nearly 70,000 job opportunities each year for engineers of all kinds, and many of these opportunities will require engineering technologists: people who are skilled in applying their knowledge and understanding of science, engineering, and computers to solving practical areas.
Do you enjoy looking at machines, structures, and technology, and wonder how they are made? Do you want to learn how to make them? Do you want to a job where your practical skills are put to use?
You will be studying for an EAL Award Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology. This course focuses on engineering workshop techniques and procedures - using lathes, mills, drills, and hand fitting, for example. Modern engineering requires good computer skills, so our course covers this too. You will still learn about the basic science and maths required to work in engineering technology, but the emphasis is firmly on the workshop.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
This course usually runs over three days a week, with some sessions taking place in the workshop and others in classrooms.
The topics covered over the year are:
- Engineering Environment Awareness
- Engineering Techniques
- Engineering Principles
- Fitting & Assembly Techniques
- Turning Techniques & Technology
- Understanding CAD
You will also learn about the industry through trips and speakers. Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips e.g. local visits to Gilkes, BAE Systems and Siemens, and international trips to places such as Paris and Praque.
Your knowledge, understanding, and workshop skills are assessed through assignments, online tests, and practical activities throughout the year. By successfully achieving the tasks issued, you will build up a portfolio of evidence of your capabilities and achievements.
For entry onto the Level 2 Engineering Technology course, you will need:
- GCSE English, Grade 4 or above
- GCSE Maths, Grade 4 or above
- GCSE Science subject, Grade 4 or above
- Two more GCSEs at Grade 4 or a Level 1 qualification in Engineering.
All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, an aptitude test.
After Your Course
With this qualification, you will have the knowledge and skills to progress into an Apprenticeship or full-time employment in engineering. You can also progress on to our Level 3 Engineering Technology course.