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Course overview

This is a Teesside University award delivered in partnership with Darlington College (01325 503050 or

The course is for higher technicians in manufacturing engineering design, manufacture, maintenance and testing.


Course details

Course structure

Level 4 core modules

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.

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.

Production Engineering for Manufacture (HN)

You are introduced to the production process for key material types, the various types of machinery used to manufacture products and the different ways of organising production systems to optimise the production process, consideration of how to measure the effectiveness of a production system within the overall context of the manufacturing system, and an examination of how production engineering contributes to ensuring safe and reliable operation of manufacturing.


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.

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.    

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.

Quality and Process Improvement (HN)

You are introduced to the importance of quality assurance processes in a manufacturing or service environment and the principles and theories that underpin them. Topics include: tools and techniques used to support quality control, attributes and variables, testing processes, costing modules, the importance of qualifying the costs related to quality, international standards for management, European foundation for quality management, principles, tools and techniques of total quality management and implementation of six sigma.
On successful completion of this module you will be able to illustrate the processes and applications of statistical process, explain the quality control tools used to apply costing techniques, identify the standards expected in the engineering environment to improve efficiency and examine how the concept of total quality management and continuous improvement underpins modern manufacturing and service environments.


Level 5 core modules

Advanced Manufacturing Technology (HN)

You are introduced to advanced manufacturing technologies and the safety and technical requirements of producing manufactured goods economically. One-offs, small, medium, and large batches and flow line production are considered, as well as non-traditional and emerging technologies. The function, purpose and economic evaluation of different manufacturing technologies and strategies are investigated. Automation of manufacturing and the economic benefits against cost should be considered.

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.

Lean Manufacturing (HN)

You are introduced to the principles and processes of lean manufacturing, so that you can become an effective and committed practitioner of lean techniques in whatever sector you are employed in. You study: scoping and defining lean manufacturing, the benefits and challenges of adopting lean manufacturing, The Toyota Production System (TPS), common tools and techniques associated with lean manufacturing and process improvement, and the most appropriate improvement tool(s) to tackle a problem.

Professional Engineering Management (HN)

Whilst it is essential that a product or service designed by an engineer delivers the performance required in the specification, it is equally important that it contributes to the economic viability of the company and that all aspects of its life cycle are managed in a professional manner.

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

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.

Planning and Scheduling Principles (HN)

You learn about the principles, methodologies and techniques used in process planning, scheduling and inventory management. You develop an understanding of how manufactured products and associated processes are planned, monitored and controlled and extend their knowledge of and ability to apply both manual and computer-assisted methods and procedures. Visits to industrial installations are made to supplement learning activities where possible.

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.

Sustainability (HN)

Sustainability is a multidisciplinary challenge, and engineers of the future will have to work collaboratively with a whole range of other stakeholders, such as scientists, politicians and financiers, if they are to be able to produce the practical and technological solutions required within the necessarily urgent time scales.  

You gain a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the issues and topics associated with sustainability and low carbon engineering. Living and working in the 21st century will bring a range of sustainability challenges that our society has not seen before. For many people on our planet key resources such as food, water and energy will be in short supply, whilst the effects of climate change will be felt by everyone.  

Virtual Engineering (HN)

The work of an engineer increasingly involves the use of powerful software modelling tools (virtual modelling). These tools allow us to predict potential manufacturing difficulties, suggest how a product or component is likely to behave in service, and undertake rapid and low cost design iteration and optimisation, to reduce costs, pre-empt failure and enhance performance. You are introduced to the application of relevant computer aided design (CAD) and analysis engineering tools in contemporary engineering. They learn about standards, regulations and legal compliance within the context of engineering.
Topics include: dimensioning and tolerances, standardisation and regulatory compliance (BS, ASTM, ISO), material properties and selection, manufacturing processes, 2D, 3D, CAD, solid modelling, one-dimensional and multi-dimensional problems, meshing and boundary conditions, and the finite volume method.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You study 16 units covering the needs of local and national industries and business.

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

64 Points from any combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications. Examples include A-level, BTEC, Access to HE Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, T-Level, or the International Baccalaureate.

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Subject Requirements:
Level 3 Mathematics

We are not accepting applications from international students requiring a Student Visa for this course.

For general information please see our overview of 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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Career opportunities

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



  • Not available full-time


2022/23 entry

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

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