HND Manufacturing Engineering candidate information

HND Manufacturing EngineeringThe HND Manufacturing Engineering award takes you a step further than the HNC and has been designed to meet the educational requirements to work as a manufacturing incorporated engineer. The award contains up-to-date and relevant manufacturing subject content and skills.

You will have opportunities to learn and understand the core principles and technologies that underpin Manufacturing Engineering. This will be essential in providing you with a platform for tackling many manufacturing tasks and in allowing you to develop a more in-depth knowledge of Manufacturing Engineering.

You will develop sound, practical, manufacturing-based skills in investigation, construction, measurement, testing and project management that are critical to being a good manufacturing technician and/or incorporated engineer.

There are opportunities to specialise in the following areas: CNC, CAD, Computer Aided Engineering and Prototyping, Design for Manufacture, Control Systems, Jigs and Fixtures, Tool Design, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, Industrial Systems, Metal and Plastic Component Manufacture, PLC, Robotic Systems, Statics and Strength of Materials, and Mathematics.

You will develop your skills in: planning, scheduling, investigation, construction, testing, evaluating, and reporting.

Employment and progression opportunities

The HND will equip you with the skills required to seek employment in manufacturing, service and public sector organisations at engineering technician or senior engineer level.

With an HND Manufacturing Engineering you will normally be able to enter the second or third year of a degree programme, provided you have completed the Unit Mathematics for Engineering 3. The HND Manufacturing Engineering award provides a very solid platform for you to proceed to the advanced stages of a degree programme in Manufacturing Engineering. Ask your lecturer about progression arrangements your college has with any universities.

The HND partially satisfies the academic requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (a degree is now required). It fully satisfies the requirements to be an Engineering Technician.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • One Higher from Physics, Technological Studies, Mechatronics or Mathematics and at least three Standard Grades 1–2/ Intermediate 2 passes including Mathematics, Physics/Technological Studies and English.
  • A National Certificate in Engineering.