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Manufacturing Maintenance Engineer

Course Code: UXI0005

Level: 4
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Higher National Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two Years
When you'll study: Tuesdays, 9.00am - 6.15pm

About the course

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.

What you'll learn

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.
Entry requirements

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.

What's next?

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.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: UXI0005

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £3700

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.