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Course overview

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.

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.

The full-time route is at Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000).

The part-time route is at Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000), Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132).

 

Course details

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

Course structure

Core modules

Engineering Design (HN)

You gain experience of carrying out a design project, giving you an appreciation of how design involves harmonising key parameters and blending them into the design solution, and to produce a design report. You cover each stage of the process, including: client brief, planning, design specification, design report and evaluation.

Engineering Maths (HN)

You develop the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of Higher National Engineering programmes. We provide you with the knowledge needed for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, required for more advanced option modules. You explore fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at Higher National level.

Engineering Science (HN)

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

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (HN)

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. We introduce you to the principles and laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer and then shows how they can be applied to engineering systems. You explore 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 learn about the different mechanisms of heat transfer and looks at the performance of heat exchangers before concluding with an investigation of heat engine cycles, principally those used in the internal combustion engines.

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (HN)

You are introduced to the techniques and best practices required to successfully manage an engineering project - from identifying a problem, through to finding a solution. You consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions.

You cover: roles, responsibilities and behaviours of a professional engineer, planning a project, project management stages, devising solutions, theories and calculations, management using a Gantt chart, evaluation techniques, communication skills, and the creation and presentation of a project report.

Mechanical Principles (HN)

This module covers 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. The aim of the unit is to provide a firm foundation for work in engineering design and a basis for more advanced study.

 

and two optional modules

Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics (HN)

We provide you with the 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 (HN)

You are provided with an understanding of the principles of lead time analysis by using a range of processes. It includes the use of techniques to reduce set up times for a particular application and present this improvement as a standard operating procedure. In addition, the techniques employed in total productive maintenance (TPM) and the use of Optimised production technology (OPT) is described and the benefits discussed.

Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) (HN)

This module integrates the two subject areas of computer-aided design and computer aided-manufacture (CAD/CAM). You acquire a broad and deep understanding of the practical applications of a CAD/CAM system, and develop practical skills in 2D and 3D CAD systems and an appreciation of transfer of data between software packages. You use CAM software to generate manufacturing simulations of a component and design a dimensionally accurate component on a CNC machine using a CAD/CAM system.    

Fluid Mechanics (HN)

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.

Materials Engineering (HN)

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

Production Engineering for Manufacture (HN)

 

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.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

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.

Because this course is taught at Hartlepool College of Further Education, this course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students.

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

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.

 
 

Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,150 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS

 

Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: One day a week (days may vary by location)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Darlington College (01325 503050), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000), Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132)
  • Semester dates

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Facilities

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

 

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Accommodation

Live in affordable accommodation right on-campus

 

Campus

Study in our town-centre campus with over £270m of recent investment

 

Industry ready

Benefit from work placements, live projects, accredited courses

 

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Open days

 
 

16 November 2019
Undergraduate open day

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