HND Mechanical Engineering candidate information

HND Mechanical EngineeringThe HND 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: CNC, CAD, Design for Manufacture, Engineering Measurement, Control Systems, Mathematics, Single Phase AC Circuits, Three Phase Systems, Electrical Motor Principles, Electrical Motor Drive Systems, Analogue and Digital Electronics, PLC, Industrial Systems, Process and Equipment Selection, Metal and Plastic Component Manufacture, Safety Engineering, Robotics, Project Management, and HVAC Design and Practice.

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

Employment and progression opportunities

The HND will equip you with the skills you will need to seek employment as an engineering technician, and with some additional studies, as an Incorporated Engineer, in a wide range of manufacturing, service and public sector organisations.

The HND provides a solid platform for you to proceed to the advanced stages of a degree programme in Mechanical Engineering. You will normally be able to enter Year 2 or 3 of a degree programme, provided you have completed the Unit Mathematics for Engineering 3. Ask your lecturer about progression arrangements your college has with universities.

The HND 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.