Mechanical Engineering SCQF Level 8

This course will allow you to develop advanced understanding and capabilities when it comes to mechanical engineering principles and practices.


Why take this course?

This highly sought after qualification will allow you to develop advanced understanding and capabilities when it comes to mechanical engineering principles and practices, making full use of the College’s excellent engineering facilities. Upon course completion you can progress to year 3 of a related degree at one of our associate universities or enter directly into employment - the choice is yours.

What you will experience

You will cover a wide range of important topics, subjects include: Thermofluids, Statics & Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Pneumatics & Hydraulics, Engineering Principles, Quality Management, Materials Selection, Information Technology, Communications, Engineering Skills, Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance, Plant Systems, Engineering Drawing, Fundamentals of Control Systems and Transducers, Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics and Mathematics for Engineering. You will also complete a student project and increase your awareness of business processes and continuing professional development.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have Higher Maths (Grade A or B and one other Higher in English or a related technology/science qualification (Grade A or B).

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

Alternatively, applicants should have successfully completed the NC Mechanical Engineering (SCQF Level 6) course, including Technician 2 Maths units.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Employment opportunities are available in a range of supervisory and management roles. There are also opportunities at technician level, allowing you to secure work as a technician engineer in the mechanical, process, oil and gas or energy industries.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, which started in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen Altens Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
2 Years
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Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
2 Years
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.