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Course overview

This is a Teesside University award delivered in partnership with your chosen college. The course is for higher technicians in mechatronics design, manufacture, maintenance, testing or fault finding.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College.

 

Course details

Course structure

Level 4 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.

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.

 

and four 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.


Control Systems Principles (HN)

You are introduced to the necessary skills and principles which underpin a range of control systems. The module encompasses control systems from different engineering disciplines and deals with the control concepts used in system design and maintenance. The approach is broad-based, to reflect the fact that control systems are, by their nature, 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 module. 

Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits (HN)

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.

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.

Mechatronic Systems Principles (HN)

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 (HN)

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.  

Programmable Logic Controllers (HN)

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.

 

Level 5 core modules

Further Mathematics (HN)

You are introduced to the concepts necessary for the successful analysis of engineering problems and apply numerical methods relevant to solving advanced mathematical problems arising from engineering and technology

You learn how to use applications of number theory in practical engineering situations, solve systems of linear equations relevant to engineering applications using matrix methods, approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods, and review models of engineering systems using ordinary differential equations.

Professional Engineering Management (HN)

Research Project (HN)

You are introduced to the skills necessary to deliver a complex, independently-conducted research project within an engineering context. You are required to conduct research in order to produce a project that considers an original objective, explains the critical thinking skills employed in solving engineering problems and reflects upon multiple perspectives in order to reach a balanced and justifiable conclusion, all while employing methods of effective communication.

 

and four optional modules

Combinational and Sequential Logic (HN)

This module develops the theory of digital techniques, to more practical and complex applications of both combinational and sequential logic. You design and test circuits choosing appropriate components using information from manufacturers’ data sheets.

Control Systems and Automation (HN)

You gain an insight into the principles of control engineering and how these principles can be used to model engineering systems and processes. This module involves mathematical analysis and theory; practical situations are examined using computer simulation tools.

Measurement and Testing (HN)

This module develops the knowledge and skills required to perform complex measurement and test procedures on electrical and electronic systems. This module also develops your understanding of the concepts of measurement and test. In particular, the module is designed to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to perform complex measurement and test procedures.

Quality Assurance and Management (HN)

This module investigates the principles of quality assurance and quality control and their function within a quality management system. In addition, you address the practical application of statistical quality control software.

Sustainable Electrical Energy Supply (HN)

You are introduced to the field of existing and renewable energy systems. There are many alternative sources of energy (some green) which can be converted to an electrical form, providing energy for transport, heat/cooling and lighting, as well as energy for various industrial processes and applications.


Power electronic converters are an essential component of renewable and distributed energy sources, including wind turbines, photovoltaics, marine energy systems and energy storage systems. It is necessary to gain a clear understanding of, and be able to examine, the technical implications of providing sustainable electrical energy to meet the energy demand of the future.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You study 16 units chosen to cover the range of needs of local and national industries and business.

The course is delivered using a combination of 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.

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

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to work in a wide range of engineering industries.
Alternatively, you may seek further study to degree level and beyond.

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

2020 entry

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

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  • Length: Up to 3 years
  • Attendance: One day a week (days may vary by location)
  • Enrolment date: September
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