The course will give you a superb grounding in the essential principles and techniques needed to meet the increasingly challenging and exciting nature of the Engineering industry. It has been designed to be relevant to the needs of employment in the fields of Production, Manufacturing Engineering and Management.
As a student on this course you will have the benefits of using the College’s excellent facilities including 3D printing, an industrial robot, CAD/CAM suites and material testing laboratory. Current students are registered as student members of the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED). Completion of the course enables partial Incorporated Engineer registration.
During the first year you will use CAD software to produce both 2D production drawing and 3D models, undertake design simulations and run stress analysis. You will be introduced to the capabilities of 3D printing to produce physical models and use a CAM package to develop and simulate a milled product. You will also study manufacturing process technologies and production costing calculations. There will be an introduction to business processes and theory within engineering companies and different project management techniques. This is tied together with the underpinning of mathematical theory and materials science, including metal and polymer experiments.
During the second year you will continue to study and expand your understanding of manufacturing process examining the latest manufacturing theories and their effect on production capacity in terms of rapid introduction of products to a competitive marketplace. You will also study statistics to enable you to control and measure production output, product tolerances and quality. You will also be introduced to the management of production resources, incorporating the latest techniques of organisation of the work area. The business processes and theories from the first year will be applied through the production of a business plan. This can all be used in your company relevant project that will also demonstrate your ability to project manage. If successful, you graduate at this point with an HNC and if you achieve the necessary grades you have the option to progress to the Foundation Degree.
In this third year of study you will develop automated manufacturing further, with the study of industrial robotics, both from a theoretical and practical view point. Further and more detailed techniques for the management of quality within manufacturing are also introduced. A more detailed company relevant major project is undertaken to demonstrate you can apply what you have learned over the last three years. You will also undertake writing your first academic paper for possible publication. To link in with the requirements for the IED you will also undertake Continual Professional Development and a work based log throughout the year.