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Manufacturing Maintenance Engineer

Course Code: UXI0005
  • Level: 4
  • Qualification: Higher National Certificate
  • Awarding body: University of Plymouth
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Course type: Part-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Tuesdays, 9.00am - 6.15pm

What's it all about?

Full Fee

Part-time £5,550 (£3,700 year one, £1,850 year two)

This HNC contributes to the important role manufacturing plays for the UK’s, and more
specifically Plymouth’s, economies. Locally, manufacturing accounts for nearly 13 per cent of
the total economy and a similar proportion of the labour market. Plymouth Manufacturing Group
(PMG) members alone have a collective turnover of £1.6bn, which equates to 15.3% of the local
economy ( , 2019).

The delivery of the HNC Manufacturing Maintenance Engineer encompasses today’s
manufacturing requirements and that of their project and lead staff. The course is in six parts, or
modules, covering the key aspects of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering such as
engineering science and maths, electrical and electronic principles and design with CAD. The
programme is therefore equipped to provide the manufacturing maintenance engineers of today
with the knowledge to understand the principles behind electrical and mechanical systems,
design and analyses.

Classroom lecturing is supported by practical workshops using industry-standard hardware and
software development environments within the College’s specialist facilities. This will take full
advantage of the College’s £13m investment in the state-of-the-art Regional Centre of
Excellence for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

A rich range of assessment is employed to immerse students within their learning, not only on
the underlying academic principles but also how they apply in practical, industrial applications.
Close links have been established with local industries which drives the development and
continuous updating of this course. Combined with continued consideration of wider engineering
sectors, this ensures that the attributes and skills exercised by students on this course remain
relevant to employment in the manufacturing sector locally, nationally and globally.

Delivery is flexible, aiming to accommodate, as much as is feasible, part-time students who are
in full-time employment by utilising a day release delivery model to ensure that the impact on
employment is kept to a minimum.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

Course information

This programme consists of six level four 20 credit modules:

  • engineering maths
  • engineering science 1
  • cad techniques and design
  • applications of pneumatics and hydraulics
  • digital and analogue devices and circuits
  • electrical and electronic principles.

We welcome applications from those who have an A Level in maths or physics at grade C or
above, as well as one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • a BTEC National Award in a related subject
  • T Level pass in an appropriate subject area
  • an Advanced Apprenticeship
  • an NVQ level 3 in a related subject
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.
  • T Level pass in an appropriate subject area

Should the entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.

This programme contains a mix of assessment methods, including exams, coursework and
practical assessments.

On successful completion you may be able to progress to the final year of a mechanical or electrical Foundation Degree with prior knowledge credits, following the completion of 40 credits of additional short course study.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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