Engineering Skills (SfW) National 5

What is special about this course?

The aims of this course in engineering skills are to:

  • encourage candidates to consider a career in the engineering industry
  • develop an awareness of the opportunities there may be within engineering in terms of the types and range of career options
  • give candidates the technical knowledge, skills and understanding associated with a range of skills in engineering at this level
  • develop an awareness that health and safety issues are integral to the world of work generally and engineering in particular

The National 5 Engineering Skills course has been designed to provide a basis for progresion into Further Education or for moving directly into training or employment within an engineering environment.

Entry requirements

Entry is at the discretion of the college and candidates will be interviewed prior to acceptance on the course.

Candidates are expected to have an interest in engineering, an ability to work at literacy and numeracy level SCQF 3 together with some aptitude for graphical forms of communication.

It would be beneficial for candidates to have attained Skills for Work - Engineering Skills at National 4 level.

The course comprises 4 mandatory units.

Engineering Skills: Mechanical and Fabrication (1 credit)

In this unit candidates will learn to select and use the correct tools, equipment and materials required to manufacture an artefact. During the manufacture, candidates will read simple engineering drawings, measure and mark, select appropriate materials and work to specified tolerances. The candidate will also develop and use basic engineering skills of cutting, shaping, drilling, tapping, forming and joining. Embedded into the practical activities of this unit are the employability skills that employers value.

Engineering Skills: Electrical and Electronic (1 credit)

In this unit candidates will select the correct tools and components required to construct a basic functional extra low voltage electrical circuit and an electronic circuit from a given diagram and specification. The unit is suitable for candidates with no previous electrical, electronic or employment experience. Embedded into the practical activities of this unit are the employability skills that employers value.

Engineering Skills: Maintenance (1 credit)

In this unit candidates will select the correct tools, materials and equipment required to test, disassemble, repair and assemble an engineering part. Embedded into the practical activities of this unit are the employability skills that employers value.

Engineering Skills: Design and Manufacture (1 credit)

In this unit candidates will develop Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) skills and select and use the correct tools and materials required to design, manufacture/construct, test, evaluate and report their findings on, the manufacture/construction of a project. This unit is designed to be attempted only after successful completion of the other mandatory skills units. Candidates will select and safely use the correct tools and materials to design, manufacture/construct, assemble and complete functionality tests on one project selected from the following:

  • Mechanical or Fabrication
  • Electrical/Electronic
  • Control Integrated

Candidates will evaluate and report their findings on the design, manufacture/construction, assembly and functionality tests of the selected project. Embedded into the practical activities of this unit are the employability skills that employers value.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

This practical course is delivered face to face in the college's engineering workshops, external workshops or school technical rooms, depending on location.


How long will my course last?


1 academic year


Where can I study my course?

Start date

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Fees

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What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful candidates may progress to the full time SVQ 2 Performing Engineering Operations at Argyll College UHI as well as a range of Modern Apprenticeships in engineering and other suitable training/employment.

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