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.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course