Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is focussed on creativity and imagination – designing and developing processes or parts/products which move or have moving parts. It relates to the design, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical systems, ranging from small components inside electrical equipment to large plant, machinery or vehicles. It is one of the most diverse engineering disciplines.
Electrical engineering is designing and developing and manufacturing everything from low power electrical machines to high voltage electrical power stations.
Another key subject in this discipline is control engineering - an engineering process which is used to control output from an engineering system.
It is an exciting time for the industry with developments in advanced manufacturing, known as Industry 4.0 (commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution). This relates to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing.
Attributes needed for a career in electrical and mechanical engineering:
- Problem solving;
- Understanding of science;
- Maths and numeracy;
- Team work;
- Communication skills.
Programmes and pathways
Programmes and pathways
Careers in engineering are wide and varied - you can be employed in a mainly 'hands on' role or you could be office based in a project management/managerial role.
Inverness College UHI offers a range of courses from apprenticeships to honours degree programmes, delivered in a style to best suit you.
Full-time and part-time programmes
- Introduction to Engineering (SCQF Level 4)
- NC Engineering Practice (SCQF Level 5)
- Pre-Apprenticeship Mechanical Engineering SVQ2 (SCQF Level 5)
- NC Mechanical Engineering (SCQF Level 6)
- HNC Engineering Systems (SCQF Level 7)
- HND Engineering Systems (SCQF Level 8)
- BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (SCQF Level 9-10)
- BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering (SCQF Level 9-10)
- BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (SCQF Level 7-10)
- BEng (Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (SCQF Level 9-10)
Employers look to our pre-apprenticeship courses to find modern apprentices they can employ. Modern apprentices work, earn and study for a qualification, all at the same time.
- Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance (Electrical) - SCQF Level 6/7
- Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical) - SCQF Level 6//7
- Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering (Multiskilled) - SCQF Level 6/7
- Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (CNC Machining) - SCQF Level 6/7
Our curriculum is designed so you can enter and exit at any level in your student journey and leave with a qualification.
We offer our students a seamless route so you can progress from further education to higher education.
Tommy MacDonald left school at the age of 15. He came to Inverness College UHI to study NC Mechanical Engineering before progressing to the HND in Engineering Systems, after which he started his engineering apprenticeship with Strathspey Railway.
Tommy combines his apprenticeship with studying full-time for a degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He’s currently in the final year of his four year apprenticeship, at the end of which he will be a qualified fabricator/fitter.
"Studying full-time before starting my apprenticeship allowed me to build up a good knowledge base and it really helped point me in the right direction. I’ve been with Strathspey Railway now for eight years and really enjoy it. I’ve loved studying while taking on the responsibility of a skilled job."