HNC Manufacturing Engineering candidate information

HNC Manufacturing EngineeringThe HNC Manufacturing Engineering award 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: Engineering Measurement, CNC, CAD, Design for Manufacture, Control Systems, Metal and Plastic Manufacture, Jigs and Fixtures, Industrial Systems, Statics and Strength of Materials, Information Technology Application Software, and Mathematics.

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

Employment and Progression Opportunities

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

With an HNC Manufacturing Engineering, you will normally be able to enter the first year of mechanical engineering (or related engineering) degree programmes. The HNC 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 universities.

The HNC Manufacturing Engineering 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: