The city of Derby and the surrounding area is world renowned for its engineering and manufacturing industry and is populated with world leading employers and their high quality supply chains.
The engineering sector is also still growing at a considerable rate, particularly with the development of new technologies which in turn has led to skill shortages and demand for high performing engineers.
Using the latest suite of qualifications, the one-year Level 2 Diploma In Engineering Operations has been designed to support your development as an engineer, leading to a highly rewarding and well paid career in this sector. It also offers a seamless transition of credits into an engineering apprenticeship.and will start to prepare candidates for university-level study.
Achievement of at least one of the following GCSE grades is the minimum entry requirement for the course:
In addition GCSE grade 3 minimum is preferred in the following GCSEs:
This qualification provides students with knowledge and understanding of a blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours required across a range of engineering occupations. The qualification covers core knowledge and skills required for entry to the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
The qualification is obtained by completion of one mandatory unit and six optional units.
Six options will be chosen from:
Methods used are:
In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, specific PPE may need to be purchased for selected activities.
On completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations, you can progress to the BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Engineering.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in engineering would be possible: this qualification can be used as credits/evidence towards the apprenticeship knowledge elements.
Shy student engineer Pete "grew" to enjoy distinguished police career. Retired police officer Pete Szabo was "painfully shy" and not "particularly bookish" as a young man...yet he went on to hold some of the most senior positions in the Derbyshire force. And, looking back, he credits his early training in an entirely different field at Derby College with broadening his skills, as he "grew" to pass his police training course with the second highest mark.
When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper. While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits.
And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police. Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands. He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.
For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.
It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.