Engineering Courses at Derby College

Everything we need or use involves engineering. It’s at the cutting edge of technology, crucial to the economy and relevant to every sector – from transport to construction, food to fashion, medicine to cosmetics.

Is this you?

  • Good at maths and science
  • Enjoy practical tasks
  • Problem-solving skills
  • IT skills for computer aided design (CAD) work
  • Organisational skills
  • Teamworking skills
  • Communication skills

Getting into engineering

engineering

  • Full time at College There is a broad range of courses at Derby College which will put you on the pathway to careers in many branches of the profession – including aerospace, automotive, rail, telecommunications, electrical and electronics, manufacturing, mining and mechanical engineering.
  • Apprenticeships These are available through Derby College in both the craft and technical levels of engineering. You’ll earn a salary while working towards recognised qualifications. For some of these programmes, you will need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher educationTo become an incorporated engineer, you can study for a relevant degree. Or you can take a foundation degree, HNC or HND plus further learning to take you up to degree level. Derby College itself offers a range of HNC and HND options, plus a Foundation Degree in Integrated Engineering. Chartered engineers work at the highest level of planning, designing and managing projects. You can become a chartered engineer with a Masters qualification – the level above a degree.
  • JobsYou can enter engineering at operator level with no qualifications and you may receive training on the job.

Choose engineering and you’ll enter a world of innovation where new products and technologies are constantly being developed. It could lead you into a wellpaid, stimulating career with the scope to travel the globe.

 

Derby College Course Listings - Engineering

 

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Fabrication and Welding: Site Ilkeston

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Process Operator: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechatronics Maintenance Technician: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Rail Infrastructure Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced Apprenticeship Rail Engineering Technician: Site The RoundHouse

PT Advanced BTEC Diploma in Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT Advanced BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT Advanced MIG Welding: Site Ilkeston

PT BEng (Hons) Engineering (Top Up): Site The RoundHouse

PT City and Guilds Advanced Welding - April start: Site Ilkeston

PT City and Guilds Advanced Welding - February start: Site Ilkeston

PT City and Guilds Intermediate Welding - February start: Site Ilkeston

PT City and Guilds Introductory Welding - February start: Site Ilkeston

PT EAL Advanced Diploma in Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT Foundation Degree in Integrated Engineering (2 years): Site The RoundHouse

FT Higher Apprenticeship – Manufacturing Engineering : Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC in Electrical Engineering - February start: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC in Electrical Engineering - September start: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC in Manufacturing Engineering - February start: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC in Manufacturing Engineering - September start: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC in Mechanical Engineering - February start: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC in Mechanical Engineering - September start: Site The RoundHouse

PT HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT HND in Manufacturing Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT HND in Mechanical Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering : Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering: Site Ilkeston

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Process Operator: Site The RoundHouse

PT Intermediate Award in Parametric Computer Aided Design: Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate BTEC Award in Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate Diploma in Engineering Technology: Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations: Site The RoundHouse

PT Intermediate MIG Welding: Site Ilkeston

FT Intermediate Performing Engineering Operations - February start: Site The RoundHouse

PT Introductory Award in Parametric Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing : Site The RoundHouse

PT Introductory MIG Welding: Site Ilkeston

FT Schools 14-16 - Level 2 BTEC Award in Engineering and Performing Engineering Operations Skills Units: Site The RoundHouse

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Construction, ICT and Motor Vehicle Engineering are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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Grace Draper

Grace Draper

Best of both worlds on a Rolls-Royce apprenticeship

At the age of 16, Grace Draper decided to apply for an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce rather than go on to do A-levels. She’s not looked back since.

She has excelled while gaining on-the-job experience with the company and during her training at Derby College, where she has achieved Distinction standards. Now she is set to take her qualifications further with a foundation degree at the College, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.

Such has been Grace’s success that she was highly commended in the Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship category of our 2014 Peak Awards. Judges described her as a ‘model learner’ and praised her collaborative work on projects, where she demonstrated the team skills and personal attributes which are vital in today’s engineering industry.

An apprenticeship at Rolls- Royce is the best of both worlds. We get to work in all sorts of areas of the company, earning while we’re learning. Having completed my first two years of the apprenticeship, I’m looking forward to starting the foundation degree.

Did you Know?

  • Over the next decade, the UK engineering sector needs 87,000 people qualified to a higher level
  • Graduate engineering jobs are well paid – often with a £25,000+ starting salary
  • Engineering turnover was £1.1 trillion in 2011/2012
  • 5.4 million people work in engineering in the UK
  • Manufacturing accounts for around half of all UK exports

Recent Vacancies

Junior CAD technician
£15,000–£20,000 per year.
Using software to create designs for machinery

Trainee manufacturing systems engineer
£22,000–£25,000 per year
Designing and installing production lines

Experienced engineering maintenance technician
£29,250–£45,000 per year.
Servicing and repairing industrial equipment

Director in manufacturing
£37,000–£73,000 per year.
Planning and overseeing manufacturing processes

Site Information

Roundhouse

Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus and our Ilkeston campus.

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Useful Websites

www.semta.org.uk
The sector skills council for engineering

www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk
For young people interested in a career in engineering

www.engtechnow.com/engtech
EngTech is a professional title awarded to engineering technicians.

www.imeche.org
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers helps engineers build their careers and tale on challenges that make a difference to all of us.

www.theiet.org
Inspiring the next generation of engineers and technicians.

aerosociety.com
The world’s only learned society dedicated to the entire aerospace community.

www.bloodhoundssc.com
BLOODHOUND SSC is a unique, high technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1000pmh barrier and set a new world land speed record.

home.web.cern.ch/about
What is the universe made of? How did it start? The European Council for Nuclear Research are seeking answers, using some of the world’s most powerful particle accelerators.

www.nfec.org.uk
Working for quality education and training in engineering and the related technologies.

www.twi-global.com
Providing industry with advice and knowhow in materials joining and engineering technologies.

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