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Course overview

This degree apprenticeship is suitable for you if you are in employment and your employer is willing to support your professional development as a manufacturing engineer.

Successful completion of this programme includes the award BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. Please seek guidance from your employer’s training manager if this is the right route for you and if your employer is prepared to support you.

Please refer to the manufacturing engineer degree apprenticeship standard for further information. If you are seeking to study part-time financed by other means (self-funded or using a student loan) please visit the course information page for BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering where you will find a link to an online application form for part-time study.

Professional accreditation

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree is accredited by the IMechE.

 
 

Course details

Achievement of the formal qualifications is part of a broader audit-based end-point employer endorsement with a rigorous interview/viva, which incorporates a detailed occupational development record and portfolio of evidence. The portfolio includes:

1. evidence-based record of the high-performance behavioural assessments
2. completion of an engineering degree (BEng)
3. overarching employer endorsement of the full standard at the conclusion of the programme through a rigorous interview/viva, resulting in confirmation of occupational competence of the apprentice.

Apprentice certification can only be awarded when all elements have been achieved.

University qualifications contributing to the above are:

Course structure

HNC Mechanical Engineering by Flexible Open Learning

Year 1 and 2 core modules

Engineering Design (TUOLE)

You experience the process of carrying out a design project, enabling you to appreciate that design involves harmonising key parameters and blending them into the design solution, and to produce a design report. You look at each stage of the design process including client brief, planning, design specification, design report and evaluation.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Engineering Maths (TUOLE)

You gain the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. The module is intended as a base for the further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for more advanced option modules.

You use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at higher national level. 

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Engineering Science (TUOLE)

You are introduced to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

You cover international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and AC/DC circuit theories.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (TUOLE)

The majority of the engines used in the world today to generate power or to provide transportation are either gas turbines, steam systems or internal combustion engines, all of which use thermodynamic processes to generate the power required. You are introduced to the principles and laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer and then shown how they can be applied to engineering systems.

You cover system definition, the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and the application of the non-flow and steady flow energy equations using the ideal gas equations and steam tables. You are introduced to the different mechanisms of heat transfer and look at the performance of heat exchangers before concluding with an investigation of heat engine cycles, principally those used in the internal combustion engines.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (TUOLE)

You look at the approach required to identify the best solution to a specified engineering need. You are introduced to some of the core tools and methodologies available to engineers to maximise their chances of bringing an engineering project to a successful conclusion; meeting the specification, on cost, on time and performed in an ecologically and ethically sound manner. You are guided through the management activities needed to deliver a major engineering project. Rather than considering the details of the design solution, the analysis you undertake relates to the management of the project rather than the detail of the engineering design solution. You consider the duties and responsibilities of a professional engineer working in our society.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Materials Engineering (TUOLE)

You gain a basic background knowledge and understanding of the properties, selection, processing, applications and utilisation of engineering materials.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Mechanical Principles (TUOLE)

You cover a range of mechanical principles which underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems. It includes aspects related to loading of structures and mechanics of machines. You gain a firm foundation for work in engineering design and a basis for more advanced study.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

 

and one optional module

Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics (TUOLE)

You gain an understanding of fluid power systems in modern industry by investigating pneumatic and hydraulic diagrams, examining the characteristics of components and equipment, and evaluating the applications of pneumatics and hydraulics.
This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Programmable Logic Controllers (TUOLE)

You investigate how programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial robots can be programmed to successfully implement automated engineering solutions.
 
You cover PLC system operational characteristics, different types of programming languages, types of robots and cell safety features.

You programme PLCs and robotic manipulators to achieve a set task, describe the types and uses of PLCs and robots available, write simple PLC programs, and program industrial robots with straightforward commands and safety factors.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

 

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Year 3 core modules

Applied Mathematical Methods

You develop mathematical knowledge in differential equations and numerical methods and extend your base of techniques to solve a variety of problems which arise in engineering domains. The emphasis is on developing competence in the identification of the most appropriate method to solve a given problem and its subsequent application.

Manufacturing Processes

This module provides you with an insight into current manufacturing processes, promoting a deep understanding of technological factors and an awareness of working principles and capabilities. Traditional methods, such as casting and rolling are examined, together with state-of-the-art practices, such as powder metallurgy. You combine a detailed study of selected manufacturing processes with hands-on experience in laboratory-based practical sessions.

You review important aspects of current thinking, such as quality, reliability, sustainability, lean manufacturing and the extensive use of computers in many areas, to ensure an informed picture of modern manufacturing. You also explore the suitability of manufacturing processes for applications, using a framework that recognises the interrelationships of (manufacturing) process, (artefact) function, shape, and materials.

Mechanics of Materials 1

Mechanics of Materials is a branch of mechanics that studies the relationships between the external loads applied to a deformable body and the intensity of internal forces acting within the body. The subject also involves calculating the deformations of the body, and it provided a study of the body’s stability when the body is subjected to external loadings.

This module examines the essential theories and fundamental principles of mechanics of materials, and develops your knowledge, skills, and ability to apply them in mechanical analysis and design.

 

Year 4 core modules

Aeroengines and Rocket Science

You look at the fundamental thermodynamics and operational characteristics of a range of engines and their components including gas turbines, jet engines, turbofans, turboshaft engines, ramjets, scramjets and rockets (which are used in aerospace applications) and torque power producing gas turbines (used in industrial and marine applications).

You explore the fundamental thermodynamics of engine operation, the equation for thrust calculations, Mach number, stagnation properties, shock waves, steady one dimensional flow, and analyses of flows through convergent and convergent-divergent nozzles. You learn how to calculate the performance and efficiencies of the engine and its components.

Components include burners and afterburners, compressors, turbine and nozzles. You also look at the calculation and analyses of flows through compressor and turbine blading stages, and fundamentals of rocket propulsion, trajectory analysis, and performance of solid and liquid rocket engines.

You attend a series of keynote lectures as well as problem-solving tutorials and practical investigations.

Group Design and Build Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through the engineering programmes.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to work in teams in order to solve industrially relevant design problems. In the course of this module, you will develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness, all of which support problem solving in a technical context.

You learn to use theoretical principles in the practice of creating an engineered design item, through group working activities. A problem based learning approach is adopted and where appropriate, supporting lectures/ seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development.

You are assessed through two in-course assignments.

Product and Assembly Design Modelling

In this module, you develop your skills and knowledge in applying 3-D solid modelling and surface modelling to product design, using industry standard software. You gain a thorough understanding of computer modeling, and how to apply these skills to design engineering components and products.

You model parts with flat and cylindrical type surfaces, as well as those with more complex curved surfaces. The ability to obtain the mass and other properties of models and create orthographic drawings from 3D models will be covered.

You gain a thorough understanding of both static and dynamic hierarchical assemblies and their value to industry, and learn how to produce ‘Bill of Materials’, undertake clearance and interference checks on mating parts, and Tolerance Analysis.

You acquire the ability to animate dynamic assemblies; you create joints and mechanisms to solve for kinematic motions, and you learn how to structure the models effectively and modify them as appropriate.

 

Year 5 core modules

Collaborative Group Project

You work in a team to solve a complex employer-relevant problem, gaining an understanding of your knowledge and limitations, and the importance of bringing in and working with people with a different knowledge base and skillset.

You develop a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support complex problem-solving in a technical context and enhance the awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

Computer Aided Analysis

In this module, your knowledge of advanced techniques is developed for the computer-based analysis of designs and for using commercial software to solve more complex engineering problems.

You will gain a thorough understanding of computer methods for the analysis of detailed design. Nodes, elements and meshing techniques for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) will be covered. Types of boundary conditions such as loads and constraints are explained, including how to apply them. You will learn how to solve FEA problems and analyse the results. Advanced techniques utilising adaptive and optimisation methods for solving complex engineering problems will also be covered.

The majority of the learning will take place in computer-based tutorials. Lecture time will be used to provide background information, theoretical concepts and to discuss the application of the concepts being used in the software.

Dynamics and Vibration

Engineers design, develop, construct and test devices and systems which operate on basic principles of dynamics and vibration. The development of reliable systems depends on the engineer’s understanding of the response of the system to externally applied loads. The system’s response can be predicted using models that may be analytical, numerical or mathematical in nature. The analysis of physical systems to predict their responses to loads is fundamental to the study of engineering mechanics. Dynamics is a branch of mechanics that studies the properties and behaviours of objects in motion.

 

Year 6 core modules

Mechanics of Materials 2

This module explores the advanced theory and the principles of the mechanics of materials, and applies them to the analysis of realistic engineering problems.

Specific areas of study include stress concentrations, inelastic deformation and residual stress under axial loading, torsion and bending, transverse shear, failure theory, design of beams and shafts, deflection of beams and shafts, design of columns, thick-walled cylinders and interference fits.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

As an apprentice, you are entitled to an allocation of at least 20% of your normal work-time for academic study.

You study part-time on a day release basis, however your programme includes elements delivered using distance learning, blended learning and block-mode teaching methodologies. All programmes include work-based elements.

You attend a range of lectures, small-group tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects, examinations), but you are also expected to spend time on your own. This self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each unit of credit corresponds to ten hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours), so if, for example, you are required to complete 60 credits in one academic year, you can expect to spend at least 600 hours on your studies (guided learning and self-study).

How you are assessed

Your learning involves different types of assessment including coursework assignments and examinations.

Assessments include both formative and summative assignments. They test your subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition, and provide you with information that will be useful to employers.

You are provided with programme and module guides containing comprehensive information about your assessments. Assessment schedules allow you to manage your time more effectively and prepare for submission.

There are also sites available for each programme and module on our virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees.

Your learning and personal development is supported through the core skills module and work-based modules.

In addition to the on-programme assessment, completion of the apprenticeship is be by end-point assessment which looks holistically at the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed to determine if the requirements of the standard have been met.

Please refer to the manufacturing engineer degree apprenticeship assessment plan


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Entry requirements

How to apply

Please submit your expression of interest to
stem-apprenticeships@tees.ac.uk

We will discuss with you and your employer your eligibility and then send you a link to an online application form.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have GCSE in mathematics and English at grade C or higher (or equivalent), and must meet the minimum admissions criteria for their programme.

Admissions criteria

HNC Mechanical Engineering by Flexible Open Learning

One of the following qualifications:

  • at least one A Level in an appropriate subject
  • BTEC National Certificate
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC Certificate
  • BTEC Diploma
  • BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Access to HE in Engineering

We will also consider other Level 3 equivalent UK or international qualifications. The qualifications must be in an appropriate engineering discipline and include a substantial content of mathematics.

A Level 3 bridging module, Foundation Mathematics for Engineers, is available for applicants who may require additional mathematics tuition prior to their enrolment on the HND programme.

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Applicants with previous study and qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) awarded with merit or distinction or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2 of this degree. You will be required to provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to enable us to determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

Accredited prior learning
If you wish to claim credits from prior learning, we will help you through this process.

For additional information please see our entry requirements


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Degree apprenticeships combine work with studying for a work-based higher-education-level qualification. You will already be in employment.

You gain technical knowledge and practical experience by combining on-the-job training with flexible study towards a higher education qualification.

Benefits for employers and apprentices

  • increasing future productivity
  • keeping the business up-to-date with the latest knowledge and innovative practice
  • delivering on-the-job training to employees tailored to business needs
  • apprentices can tackle skills shortages by filling higher level skill gaps
  • develop and retain existing staff by offering support and a fresh perspective
  • improve career prospects of employees.

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£27,000

More details about our fees

  • Length: 4-6 years (4 years by direct entry for candidates qualified to HNC level)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800
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