HNC Mechanical Engineering candidate information

HNC Mechanical EngineeringThe HNC Mechanical Engineering gives you opportunities to learn and understand the core principles and technologies that underpin Mechanical Engineering. This will be an essential platform for tackling many mechanical tasks and developing a more in-depth knowledge of Mechanical Engineering.


You will have opportunities to develop sound practical mechanical investigation, construction, measurement, testing and project skills — these are critical to being a good mechanical engineering technician.

Depending on the options you choose, you can also achieve a degree of specialisation in one or more of the areas of: engineering drawing, CNC, CAD, Design for Manufacture, Control Systems, Industrial System, PLC, Information Technology Application Software, Economics of Manufacture, or Engineering Measurement.

You will also 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 a wide range of manufacturing, service and public sector organisations at engineering technician level.

The HNC will allow you to progress to the HND Mechanical Engineering. You may also be able to progress to degree courses in engineering. Ask your Lecturer about progression arrangements between your centre and universities.

The HNC partially satisfies the academic requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (a degree is now required).


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

Equivalent qualifications or experience may also be accepted for entry.

Mechanical Engineering Case Study

“For me, the design stage of the qualification was the most interesting. The stuff I learned at James Watt College is pretty much the job that I do now. The HNC in Engineering Systems helped me get the role with Wood Group PSN, one of the major North Sea employers. I've just completed a three month stint at their Design Academy in Aberdeen, after which I will working as a Trainee Piping/Structural Engineer at the firm's Glasgow offices." Ben Edwards