Mechanical Engineering: HND

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Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

2 Years - 2.5 Days per week

Start date
Aug 2023
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Course overview

Mechanical Engineering, one of the broadest Engineering disciplines, is the application of solution-finding techniques for anything that moves, big or small, from design to manufacture to the marketplace.

Mechanical Engineers approach their work using the principles of motion, energy and force to ensure that design can function safely, efficiently and reliably, at an acceptable cost.

You will develop important skills such as problem solving and critical analysis, both essential for an engineering career.

You will benefit from a unique learning environment within our industry-designed labs, workshops and CAD suites. During the course you will work with the following equipment:

  • A Turbine in a Wind Tunnel
  • 3D Printers
  • Fluid Flow Apparatus
  • Digital Tensile Testing Machines
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic boards
  • Structural Testing frameworks
  • Manual lathes & mills
  • CNC lathes & mills

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Dynamics
  • Thermofluids
  • Statics & Strength of Materials
  • Material Selection
  • Pneumatics & Hydraulics
  • Quality Management
  • Graded Unit 1
  • CAD for Engineers
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Principles
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Communications
  • IT

Year 2

You will build on the concepts from Year 1 though the introduction of more advanced topics. These include:

  • Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics
  • Strength of Material Advanced
  • Plant Systems
  • Design For Manufacture
  • Engineering Skills
  • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance
  • Graded Unit 2
  • Computer Programming
  • DC & AC Principles
  • Further Engineering Mathematics


As part of your Graded Unit 2, you will take part in a project which will challenge you to design, build and test an engineering device to find a solution to the problem presented. In previous years, students have worked on an IET Formula 24 kit car

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • Higher in Maths or Physics - Grade C or above Or
  • Technological Higher subject (Grade C or above) with National 5 Maths OR
  • Successful completion of NQ Level 6 in Engineering or Construction or equivalent Foundation Apprenticeship OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience

You will be invited to an interview where you can find out more about the course and the College.

Career Opportunities

This qualification can provide you with the technical education requirements for the position of Technician Engineer.

The course content is broad-based to allow for future employment with mechanical engineering contractors, consulting engineers or local authorities.

Future prospects

An HND in Mechanical Engineering allows you to progress to university, subject to meeting the entry requirements of the university.

Previous students have progressed to third year entry at Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of the West of Scotland and second year entry at Glasgow University and Strathclyde University.

Our Environment

Did you know…the students complete a module on energy where they study energy trends globally and nationally as well as different methods of power generation, including renewable energy.

As part of the Mechanical Engineering Graded Unit, students design and build an electric kit car.

Check out the wind turbine in our Innovation Lab

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