A brand new subject currently being delivered at Key Stage 4, students are introduced to, and taught the basic principles which apply to mechanical Engineering. Through being taught this highly disciplined subject, pupils learn and apply various different machining and benchfitting skills, such as: turning, drilling, forging, tapping, riveting, material finishing and spot welding.
The course at present is a BTEC level 1, comprising of 4 x units:
- Unit 1- Health and safety
- Unit 2- Manufacturing components using bench fitting skills
- Unit 3- Producing holes on a pillar drill
- Unit 4- producing an assembled product
In addition to being taught valuable practical skills, students are also taught how to generate designs using CAD/CAM machinery.
Throughout this course, students will be taught a range of manufacturing processes and techniques based around mechatronics. Pupils will be given an engineering based theme, of which they must research, design, model, evaluate and manufacture a fully working solution in order to solve the problem. They must demonstrate their knowledge of batch production, prototyping, material testing and manufacturing skills. Students will be taught how to operate specialist machinery such as: laser cutter, pillar drill, spot welder, soldering irons, guillotines, centre lathe.
The course consists of 2 x elements:
- coursework portfolio (designing and making a product) 40% of the final grade
- 2 hour examination (60%) of the final grade
Studying Engineering can lead to a level 3 qualification at college, or an apprenticeship as a mechanical/electrical Engineer.
Staff: Mr G Hake