Middlesbrough College engineers vital skills

29 August 2018

Future engineers for Teesside and further afield are building the skills they need for a range of industries, at Middlesbrough College.

Students from across the north are coming to the College to benefit from industry-leading facilities and tutors who are helping them gain the qualifications they need to excel in the likes of the NHS, process industries and automotive manufacturing.

Dan Still is curriculum team leader for Access to HE and HE Programmes in Engineering and has seen hundreds of students progress into roles with blue chip companies on Teesside, across the country and overseas.

He explained: “Students come to us from across the north of England, from as far afield as Cumbria and Northumberland, because of the quality of courses we provide.

“Our learners study either part time or full time – many while working to support their education or within a relevant industry to build experience and knowledge alongside the course.

“We work closely with a range of high profile employers – organisations such as Nifco, PD Ports, NEPIC, ElringKlinger, Labman, Northern Powergrid and GlaxoSmithKline – to provide the skills they need and to support learners into long term careers.”

Middlesbrough College offers HNC and HND courses, awarded by Pearson, and BEng Hons courses, awarded by the Open University, to students – some school leavers and others who are already working and require new skills.

Typically students follow a three-year trajectory – starting with a one year HNC course, moving to HND and then finally on to BEng Hons.

Some may even secure jobs within the first HNC year.

Dan added: “Students leave Middlesbrough College with qualifications from internationally recognised awarding bodies, having studied programmes that equip them with all the vital components for an engineering role.

“As well as classroom based theory lessons, they spend time in our STEM Centre where they are trained on real industry equipment, such as Programmable Logic Controllers or PLCs as they’re known in the industry.

“These are the computer systems that control equipment on manufacturing shop floors and infrastructure across the world.

“Courses are shaped and directed by the College’s STEM Advisory Board, made up of companies across the region, meaning lessons reflect real employer needs.”

With these strong employer links students get the chance to follow a varied selection of career paths. For example, Middlesbrough College’s relationship with the NHS means graduates can follow technical engineering or medical engineering routes.

Recently, one of the College’s HNC students spent time working in China thanks to skills developed on Teesside.

Dan added: “It’s not just career starters studying on our courses. We also help people with non-engineering backgrounds who may be working in business functions to get knowledge and experience that helps them fulfil their roles.

“The courses give students transferable skills.”

Full time courses at Middlesbrough College include Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Engineering (Instrumentation).

For more information call Course Information on 01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

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