Course Brief

The complex and sophisticated engineering manufacturing processes used to mass produce the products we see and use daily has its roots in the hand-operated lathes and milling machines still used in small engineering companies. To appreciate the fundamentals underpinning complex manufacturing processes, it is essential that engineers are able to read engineering drawings and produce simple components
accurately and efficiently.

This unit introduces students to the effective use of textual, numeric and graphical information, how best to extract and interpret information from engineering drawings, and the practices of workshop-based turning and milling machining.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to identify the mechanical measurement and quality control processes to analyse the dimensional accuracy of a machined component; operate machining equipment to produce a range of components
to specification; explain the importance of material selection when choosing the most appropriate machining process; and apply safe working practices throughout.

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  • This course is offered in 45 hours.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

    The main aims of the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) are to:

    • Prepare students for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in mechanical engineering by providing them with the core knowledge, skills and techniques required.
    • Enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment within the mechanical engineering sector.
    • Provide students with the flexibility, knowledge, skills, understanding and motivation as a basis for progression to graduate and postgraduate studies.
    • Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.