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 Certificate 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 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 at least three optional units.
At least three 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 Certificate in Engineering Operations, you can progress to the BTEC Level 3 Award In Advanced Manufacturing 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.
Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader.
He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.
He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.
"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.
"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."