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.
Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.
Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.
"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."