HND Electrical Engineering candidate information

HNC/HND Electrical Engineering

The HND Electrical Engineering award has been designed with a view to allowing you to meet the educational requirements to work as an electrical incorporated engineer. The qualification contains up-to-date and relevant electrical subject content and skills.

During the qualification you will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of core electrical principles, electrical power systems, electrical machine principles and electrical safety.

You will also be able to specialise in the following areas: Inspection and Testing of Low Voltage Installations, Programmable Logic Controllers, Electrical Systems in Hazardous Environments, Analogue and Digital Electronics, Quality Management, Electrical Installation Skills, Industrial Plant Maintenance, Synchronous Machines, Electrical Motor Drive Systems, Three Phase Induction Motors, High Level Engineering Software, additional Control Systems studies, Power Supply Circuits, Switchgear and Protection, Standby Systems, Electrical Installation Design: Computer Aided, Advanced Mathematical Studies, and Employment Experience.

You will develop your ability to apply planning, analysis and synthesis skills to the solution of electrical engineering problems.

Employment and progression opportunities

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the electrical industry, the HND will open up opportunities across a number of sectors, including: Electrical Contracting Industry, local authorities, design consultancies, the oil and gas industry, and the renewables industry.

If you are already working in the electrical and associated industries, you can use the HND as part of your continuing professional development (CPD) or for upgrading current qualifications.


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