Course Brief

Unit Abstract:

The selection of the most appropriate materials for an engineered product and their processing is of prime importance if the product is to be fit for purpose. Engineers must thus be aware of the range of materials at their disposal. Knowledge of the structure of materials and the way in which this affects their properties is also desirable. Material properties may be determined or verified by testing and engineers should be aware of the range of standard tests and test equipment that is used and be able to interpret the test data. Materials generally need to be formed to shape,  fabricated or processed in some other way, to make engineering components. The properties of the raw material can affect the choice of process and in some cases the choice of process can affect the final properties of a component. Materials also, for a variety of reasons, sometimes fail in service and engineers need to be aware of the modes and causes of such failure, as well as the preventative methods that may be used, to prolong their service life.

This unit will thus provide learners with the necessary background knowledge and understanding of the properties, testing, treatments, processing, selection, failure modes and prevention of a variety of engineering materials. In addition, this unit offers learners the opportunity to consider environmental issues related to increased productivity and sustainability that lead to less waste and to the more efficient use of energy and resources when selecting materials for particular applications.


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

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Automotive Engineering programme will develop students into highly trained, competent professionals, who are able to meet the demands of employers in the automotive maintenance sector. This qualification also serves as the next step for students completing the SBCS Matriculation to HND (Engineering) programme and are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree programme.

    Why choose the HND in Automotive Engineering 

    • Recognition: This is an Internationally recognized qualification, recognized in more than 70 countries worldwide.
    • Final Year Entry: Graduates of this programme gain direct access to the final year of an undergraduate degree programme.
    • Career focused: The curriculum was developed to meet the needs of the current marketplace after consultation with employers, students, and professional bodies.
    • Practical hands-on training: Emphasis is placed on practical training and the application of the knowledge taught.

    Why study Automotive Engineering at SBCS?

    • Instructors are certified, highly skilled and experienced practitioners who bring their knowledge and work experience to the classroom.
    • Modern, fully equipped labs. You learn using the same equipment you will encounter in the field.
    • Convenient class schedules. Work, Earn and Study at the same time. Classes are offered on a part-time basis, which allows working individuals to balance their work and educational needs.


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    Classes begin September, 2018

    • Early Registration Special: Register before 31 January and get 20% off the registration fee for the first semester.
    • Alumni Special: Alumni and immediate family get 30% off registration fees for the first year of study i.e. three (3) semesters. 
    • Group Plans: Get 25% off the registration fee for the first semester for two 2 persons. Rate increases by 5% for each additional person.
    SBCS Registration Fee

    First semester: TT$1,000 

    Remaining semesters: TT($850 each)

    Payable upon registration every semester (for 6 semesters)
    Tuition Fee

    TT$2,200 (per 15 credit module)

    TT$4,400 (per 30 credit module)

    Total Tuition Fee over 2 years: TT$35,200
    BTEC Registration Fee

    £450 (one-time payment)

    Payable by: March 1st 2018
    BTEC Annual Fee £20 (per year)Payable each year from Year 2

    Please note: All information provided is subject to change without prior notice.

    Payment Plans are available.