Undergraduate study
Engineering

HNC Mechanical Engineering

This is a Teesside University award delivered in partnership with your chosen college. The course is for you if you'd like to work as a technician/technician engineer in mechanical engineering design, manufacture, maintenance and testing. The course has been developed in consultation with local industry, and combines theory and practical work with the focus being on industrial applications.

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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    Reporting on engineering at Teesside University

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

 

HNC Mechanical Engineering provides a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level.This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with a college of your choice.

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

You study eight modules chosen to cover the range of needs of local and national industries and business.

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.

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.

Mechanical Principles

This module covers a range of mechanical principles which underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems. It includes aspects related to strengths of materials and mechanics of machines. You develop a firm foundation for work in engineering design and as a basis for more advanced study.

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 Computer-aided Design Techniques

This module provides you with enhanced skills in using a computer–aided draughting and design system. It focuses on modifying and updating an existing design, generating graphical models and using a proprietary software package to solve a design problem.

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.

Business Management Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the functions, structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business. It enables you to develop and apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with engineered products or services.

The module also teaches you to appreciate the development of the fundamental concepts of project planning and scheduling that can be applied within an engineering organisation.

CAD/CAM and Product Development

This module allows you to gain knowledge of time compression technologies to design and deliver innovative products that reduce time to market. It includes a study of rapid prototyping and product development techniques, alongside a review of collaborative product development and concurrent design engineering strategies, using 3D modeling to reduce manufacturing lead-time to the minimum.

You examine various software packages, and the application of CAD/CAM to a number of engineering subjects, and you are encouraged to take a critical view of such packages, evaluating their integration with other systems.

Design for Manufacture

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.

Engineering Thermodynamics

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles and laws of thermodynamics and their application to engineering thermodynamic systems. It covers system definition, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, heat engine cycles, the measurement of engine performance and the layout and performance of steam plant.

Fabrication Technology

The aim of this module is to provide you with a broad and in-depth knowledge of a range of steelwork manufacturing processes and for you to develop an understanding of the factors influencing fabrication technology.

Fluid Mechanics

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Heat Transfer and Combustion

This module is intended to develop students’ knowledge of principles and empirical relationships to enable them to solve practical problems involving heat transfer, combustion and the specification of practical engineering equipment.

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.

Materials Engineering

The aim of this module is to provide you with basic background knowledge and understanding of the properties, selection, processing and use of materials.

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.  

Plant and Process Principles

Plant Technology

This module develops your understanding of operating and testing an engineering plant and applying the related underpinning principles of operation. You investigate the relationships between theory and practice for the various items of plant, developing knowledge of safe operating and testing procedures. You develop an understanding of the energy changes and energy flow, which occur in power generation and service plant. The plant covered includes diesel engines, steam turbines and gas turbines providing knowledge of the different configurations and an evaluation of their performance.

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.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course combines 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