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Engineering Technologies and Electronics

Studying Hi-Tech Engineering and Electronics at South Devon College is the perfect start to an exciting career, where you could create innovative systems, products and technologies that help industry and could even change the world.

Studying at South Devon College, situated in the heart of the English Riviera, you will benefit from our strong links to the local hi-tech industry. Our experienced staff members have years of experience across a range of specialisms, including mechanical and electrical/electronic sectors. As experts in their field, they can pass their extensive knowledge on to you in areas such as: 3D printing, programming logical controls (PLC), computer-aided design (CAD) systems and precision machining.

As a part of our exceptional Engineering department you will have the opportunity to attend on-site visits to local hi-tech companies and the chance to gain valuable work experience within the industry. You will also be able to attend seminar sessions with chartered engineers and get involved with many other exciting opportunities that can develop your employability skills, and allow you to take your first steps towards your career.

All of our facilities feature state-of-the-art equipment. This ensures you learn in the best possible environment and gain experience with technologies that you will use in your future career, ensuring a smooth transition from your studies to employment. Our goal is to encourage and improve your raw talent, and turn you into an enthusiastic, highly skilled professional, enabling you to have a long and successful career in this dynamic industry.


Why South Devon College?

South Devon College is an outstanding place to learn, and the perfect place for your education and development. In 2014, we were delighted to be recognised as the top Further Education and Tertiary College in England, in results published by the Skills Funding Agency for 2012-13. We were also graded as 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection.

We are proud to promote a culture of success within the College, with fantastic results across the entirety of our provision. With an exceptional learning environment and our inspirational teaching team, we know that together, you will enjoy the same success in your studies and achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

Personalised Learning Programmes

Every student at South Devon College has a Personalised Learning Programme; a custom plan tailored to you as an individual that ensures you gain the academic, vocational and employability skills necessary to achieve your goals and find employment upon the completion of your studies.


Ben Wilkinson: Engineering Technologies and Electronics student

I've always enjoyed fixing and tinkering with things from an early age, so a career in engineering made perfect sense. Since joining the College, I've gained valuable skills and been supported not only in my studies, but also finding a work placement and an apprenticeship; I'm really excited to take my skills into the workplace and begin my career.

We have 4 fulltime courses in Engineering Technologies and Electronics:

Engineering Level 1 - Level 1 Diploma (EAL)

The Engineering Diploma course at Level 1 is ideal for learners who are considering a career in engineering. The course will provide you with a basic understanding of engineering principles. You will undertake a broad range of subjects, engage in practical activities in a real-life manufacturing workshop, including how to use precision measuring equipment. Upon completion, you could progress into employment as an apprentice, or alternatively continue your studies on a Level 2 course.

What will I learn?

  • Carry out basic fitting techniques
  • Carry out basic machining techniques
  • Demonstrate and interpret engineering drawings
Engineering Level 1 Level 1 Diploma (EAL)

Entry Requirements

  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 1
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 1
  • You will need to have achieved a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade D or above
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject

Locations available

  • Paignton Campus

Hi-Tech Engineering and Technology - Level 2 Diploma (EAL)

This course covers the fundamental skills that are common in engineering practices, giving you experience with the latest technology currently used in industry. You will be assessed by completing both written tasks and practical assessments. You will learn machining techniques on centre lathes and milling machines based in the manufacturing workshop. Upon completion you could progress into employment as an apprentice, or continue your studies on a Level 3 course.

What will I learn?

  • Machining skills on centre lathes and milling machines
  • Design Techniques
  • Using precision equipment
Hi-Tech Engineering and Technology  Level 2 Diploma (EAL)

Entry Requirements

  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 1
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 1
  • You will need to have achieved a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade D or above
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject
  • You will be required to carry out an aptitude test

Locations available

  • Paignton Campus

Hi-Tech Engineering (Manufacturing and Electronics) - Level 3 BTEC Diploma (90 Credit)

This course offers a specialised programme of study and the opportunity to develop advanced skills and career opportunities within the Hi-tech engineering sector. You will study a range of mechanical and electronic subjects and work on exciting practical engineering projects, which could focus on areas such as manufacturing or robotics.You will be taught in our fantastic technology laboratory and also excellent classroom facilities, furnished with the latest equipment and technology. Upon completion, you can consider employment or study on the Advanced Engineering and Technology Level 3 Diploma. The course is designed for progression to Higher Education.

What will I learn?

  • Mechanical (mechatronic) Principles
  • Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) Programming
  • Electrical/electronic technologies and systems
Hi-Tech Engineering (Manufacturing and Electronics) Level 3 BTEC Diploma (90 Credit)

Entry Requirements

  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 2
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 2
  • You will need to have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject

Locations available

  • Paignton Campus

Advanced Engineering and Technology - Level 3 Diploma (EAL)

This is the perfect course for refining the skills and knowledge you have acquired, covering a diverse range of topics in the exciting world of engineering. You will develop advanced machining skills and look at essential topics in the industry. This course can help you progress to an advanced level of practical engineering, and will prepare you well for employment or an apprenticeship with a suitable employer.

What will I learn?

  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Engineering design and manufacture
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming
Advanced Engineering and Technology  Level 3 Diploma (EAL)

Entry Requirements

  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 2
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 2
  • You will need to have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject

Locations available

  • Paignton Campus

Apprenticeships with South Devon College

Engineering

Working as an apprentice in the field of Engineering and Electronics is a great way to create innovative systems, products and technologies that help industry and wider society. The aim of the Enigneering Apprenticeships is to provide apprentices with the skills, underpinning knowledge and transferable skills required to operate in each of the engineering sub-sectors which include the following learning pathways at South Devon College: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Hi-Tech Engineering.

Apprentices will be employed carrying out a wide variety of defined semi-skilled, craft and technician roles through the pathways described, while also aiming to meet current and future skills needs by supporting retention, motivation and performance within local organisations. Support is available for applicants to secure employment within the Engineering pathways.


My future with South Devon College

Careers: I want to be...

Our courses at South Devon College have been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge employers seek, enabling you to find employment and take the first steps towards a successful career. Our Engineering Technologies and Electronics courses will help you gain employment in the following industries:

Work with the latest technology

If you want to be on the cutting edge of technology, working with the tools and equipment that will shape the world of tomorrow, then look no further than South Devon College. By studying with us, you'll gain experience with the latest technology and prepare you for a career as:


Aerospace Engineer
Engineer