Engineering training programs have been specifically designed to attract talented and motivated people into industry. They can provide the basis for a range of occupations at Craft and Technician level as well as opening paths to further career development.
Practically everything that makes our life better and longer has started as an engineering idea in someones head. For example, brain scanners that identify illnesses before they kill and the mobile phone that keeps you in touch with your friends. You may be involved in the smallest part of the engine design for a Formula 1 car but without your contribution it wouldn’t leave the pit lane. There is no doubt that good engineers are constantly in demand and this is reflected in the salaries and conditions offered to those who are qualified in this line of work.
Engineering routes available include Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Fabrication & Welding. These are all offered under the banner of a qualification in Performing Engineering Operations. The individual route is personalised through the selection of optional units chosen from an extensive list contained within the overall qualification. In all cases three mandatory units are completed.
Working safely in an Engineering environment
Working effectively in an Engineering environment
Using and communicating technical information
Fabrication & Welding
Fabrication is a highly skilled craft. Fabrication engineers need to be adept in most (if not all) of the following activities:
Reading drawings and operation sheets
Choosing and preparing the correct materials for the job
Using a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling machine to produce components automatically
Marking plates for cutting using a pattern, template or by measuring
Using a metal bending machine
Forming, drilling, soldering and welding
Assembling the pieces by means of welds, bolts, screws and rivets
Dressing rough edges by filing or grinding
Inspection of finished articles for accuracy against the drawing
In Electrical/Electronic Engineering there are several key stages. Competence in each stage is necessary to ensure final completion. Personnel involved in the Electrical/Electronic Engineering field normally have a keen interest in this type of work, are highly skilled and good at solving problems. They should be able to:
Read circuit diagrams and wiring schematics
Interpret wiring regulations
Wire a range of electrical equipment and circuits
Use electrical test and measuring instruments
Mount and solder components into printed circuit boards
Wire assemblies together to form a complete product
Test electrical/electronic circuits at all stages – indvidual components, sub assemblies and complete circuits
Use fault finding techniques to diagnose and fix faults
The Electrical/Electronic industry can be found in a wide range of sectors including: communications; control; consumer products; computers; building construction; transport; energy conservation; power generation and distribution.
Mechanical engineers have a very hands-on approach to component manufacturing. Using a mixture of machinery and hand tools it is possible to produce almost anything from the smallest of screws to vehicle panels. Competency in the use of a wide variety of machinery is essential:
Convential Milling machines
CNC Milling machines
Manual Metal Arc Welding equipment
MIG/MAG.TIG Welding equipment
If you are interested in a career that can offer variety and challenge with the potential to develop a “job for life” then consider Engineering. We have courses to suit everyone from School leavers to those wishing to learn and develop new skills.