Undergraduate study
Engineering

HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The course is for learners who would like to work as technicians or technician engineers in electrical and electronics design, manufacture, maintenance, testing or fault finding.

Course information

Full-time

  • Not available full-time

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000), Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132)

Contact details

  • E: ssed-admissions@tees.ac.uk
  • T: Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000), Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132)

Further information

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    A tour of Teesside University engineering facilities and employer partnerships, enabling us to produce graduates ready for the world of work.

 

It has been developed in consultation with local industry and combines theory and practical work with a focus on industrial applications.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with your chosen college
Admission enquiries: Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000) and Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132).

You study eight modules covering the needs of local and national industries and business.

The HNC provides a sound understanding of all key principles and includes core modules in Electrical Principles, Analytical Methods, Engineering Science and a project. Further specialist subjects may include Programmable Logic, Controllers and Electronics.

Course structure

Core modules

Analytical Methods for Engineers

You gain fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques to complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. It is a base for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the 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.

Electrical and Electronic Principles

This module gives you a basic understanding of the physical fundamentals used in electrical engineering, together with specific techniques you need to determine the behaviour of electric circuits.

We cover the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory, analysis of electrical circuits, give you an understanding of simple analogue and digital circuits and an appreciation of their application to engineering problems.

We look at voltage, current, power, energy, resistance and impedance. Also magnetic fields and inductance, electric fields and capacitance, Kirchhoff’s Laws. We examine time varying voltages and currents, effects on inductors and capacitors, sinusoidal voltage and current use of symbolic notation.

You also study power, reactive power and apparent power, circuit analysis techniques, mesh and nodal analysis, transistors and properties of amplifiers.

Our primary method of teaching is lectures supported by laboratory sessions, tutorials, problem solving and directed learning.

You learn how to:

  • understand and use key elements of electrical and electronic theory
  • apply given tools in the solution of well defined electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • apply numerical skills to simple electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • use basic IT tools and specialist software to solve simple electrical and electronic engineering problems.

Engineering Science

You investigate a number of mechanical and electrical scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. This is a broad-based module, covering both mechanical and electrical principles. You gain an overview which provides the basis for further study in specialist areas of engineering.

Project Engineering

This module develops your ability to use the knowledge and skills you learn at work and on the programme to complete a realistic work project.

We integrate the skills and knowledge you develop in other modules on the course within a piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of a working engineer.

 

plus four specialist modules

Advanced Mathematics for Engineering

This module introduces the concepts you need to successfully analyse engineering problems and apply the relevant numerical methods to solve advanced mathematical problems arising from engineering and technology. You are introduced to further techniques which are relevant to solving engineering problems. Topics include laplace transforms, matrices and solving partial differential equations using numerical methods.

Application of Pneumatics and Hydraulics

You gain knowledge and 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.

Business Improvement Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of business improvement methodologies and techniques that can be applied in a variety of manufacturing situations. It provides you with an understanding of the principles of lead time analysis by using a range of processes. This includes using techniques to reduce set-up times for a particular application and presenting this improvement as a standard operating procedure. You also learn about the techniques employed in total productive maintenance (TPM) and using optimised production technology (OPT), and discuss the benefits.

Combinational and Sequential Logic

This module develops the theory from a basic understanding of simple digital techniques, to more practical and complex applications of both combinational and sequential logic. It includes using manufacturers' literature to design circuits and computer simulation to test and evaluate designs.

Control and Automation

You improve your understanding of process control and automation in order to analyse, model and predict the behaviour of complex dynamic processes. You examine control system instrumentation systems with practical issues of signal transmission and accuracy. Advanced control strategies are also considered as well as techniques for the design, tuning and application.

Data Communications and Networks

This module develops your understanding of the architecture, operation and major design issues relating to data networks. It also covers the networking devices required for network operation and interconnection. You develop an appreciation of the properties of public and private switched networks - for example, public switched telephone network (PSTN), packet switched data network (PSDN) and integrated services digital network (ISDN).

Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits

You gain an understanding of a range of electronic devices and circuits used in modern electronic systems. The electronic circuits includes power supplies, operational amplifiers and digital circuits. You also loan a practical kit to allow you to design, build and test a series of circuits.

Electronics

To extend the depth of your understanding of analogue electronics, especially in the context of integrated circuits, this module covers the interaction of circuit segments (loading), temperature dependence and device variability, and how to robustly design around these problems.

You use the ‘library’ of common configurations to build larger circuits and to see how integration and component matching facilitates complex general and application-specific circuits, with examples drawn from the variety of analogue devices currently available.

Laboratories enable you to perform analysis, simulation and synthesis of relevant circuit configurations, both using components on Breadboard and by simulation in SPICE.

Engineering Design

The aim of this module is to give you an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design project. It will enable you to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which will affect the design solution.

Heavy Current Applications

This module enables you to analyse the operation of a range of electrical machines, understand the operating characteristics of these machines and select the appropriate machine for a particular application. You should analyse the performance and characteristics and appreciate the applications of various electrical machines that have widespread use in industry.

Measurement and Testing

This module develops your understanding of the concepts of measurement and test. In particular you develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to perform complex measurement and test procedures.

Mechatronic Systems Principles

You are introduced to the necessary skills and principles which underpin a range of mechatronic systems. You examine small single component systems as well as larger systems integrating components from different engineering disciplines. You also look at the control concepts used in mechatronic systems and focus on system design and maintenance. The approach is broad-based, to reflect the fact that mechatronics is multidisciplinary and not confined to a single specialised discipline. You are encouraged to recognise a system, not as an interconnection of different parts but as an integrated whole. 

Microprocessor Systems

This module provides you with an understanding of microprocessor-based systems and their use in instrumentation, control and communication systems. You study the practical aspects of device selection, programming and the interfacing of external peripheral devices. The module also introduces you to the development cycle of specify, design, build, program, test and evaluate.  

Operational Amplifiers

This module allows you to investigate the operational amplifier and develop an understanding of the industrial applications of this versatile integrated circuit. You get an overview of the device and necessary background theory and circuit design. You get an insight into the applications aspects of the operations amplifier and its performance limitations. 

Optical Fibre Communication Systems

This module develops your understanding of the principles of operation of optical fibre transmission lines, light sources and detectors, and their application to communication systems. You cover the basic principles of light transmission in optical fibres, the differing modes of propagation, and the types of fibre in common use. The physical properties and operating principles of a range of light sources and detectors are also covered. You consider the performance of complete fibre optic communication systems and the applications of optical fibres to other fields such as medical electronics.

Power Electronics

This module introduces you to power electronic devices, power electronic converters and their application to switched mode power supplies. You also look at speed control of both DC and AC machines. This enables you to assess power converters and their impact on power supply quality, and to contribute to the design of converters for common applications.

Programmable Logic Controllers

This module investigates programmable logic controller (PLC) concepts and their applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture of PLC systems, the signals which are used and the programming techniques. You produce and demonstrate a programme for a programmable logic device.

Project Management

You are introduced to the basic concepts of project management within a school setting and build on the role of the project manager in managing project risk, teams and organisational change, addressing project management from feasibility to post implementation.

Utilisation of Electrical Energy

This module develops your understanding of the underlying technology involved in using electrical energy. It combines the underpinning knowledge of equipment which is found in a variety of applications with the design and calculation methodologies that are adopted by professionals in these areas.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course is delivered through practical sessions, lectures and tutorials. You are required to complement your college-based learning with self-study.

How you are assessed

Assessment is by a range of integrated assignments, case studies, projects and tests which are planned throughout the year.


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Career opportunities

An HNC award opens up the possibility of a career in a wide range of engineering disciplines including design, manufacturing, project management and IT. The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies. Alternatively, you may seek further study to HND, degree level and beyond.

Entry requirements

You need an appropriate technician or craft qualification at Level 3 or similar, and a good standard of literacy and numeracy skills. The most common eligible qualifications include A levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas/National Diplomas and Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We may also consider substantial work experience in a relevant area.

If you have non-traditional qualifications, or wish to discuss your eligibility, please call our admissions enquiry telephone number or email.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section


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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Course information

Full-time

  • Not available full-time

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000), Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132)

Contact details

  • E: ssed-admissions@tees.ac.uk
  • T: Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000), Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132)

Further information