Mechanical Engineering

Engineers design, make and redesign the products and infrastructure we use every day. content

Engineers design, make and redesign the products and infrastructure we use every day.

By studying engineering you are learning valuable skills that will make a positive impact on the world around you. We offer a range of courses and apprenticeships that cover manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. 

You will develop key skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation, and teamwork and have the opportunity to work in a range of industries from robotics to renewable energy.




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.

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Why choose engineering? content

Why choose engineering?

Our lives are dependent on technology and the engineers who design, make and re-design the products we use every day.

Engineers make things, then they make improvements so things work better. They use creativity and imagination to find solutions to problems, working in almost every area of people's lives. They tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems – from maintaining clean water and energy supplies to finding sustainable ways to grow food, build houses and travel. They use maths and science, as well as design, computing, electronics and construction, to turn ideas into reality.

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.

Engineering employs more than 126,000 people in Scotland, with workforce is projected to grow by 1.7 per cent over the next six years, creating 1500 jobs. In the same period, almost 25 per cent of the workforce is projected to retire, creating an additional 20,300 job openings. (Scottish Enterprise, 2017; LMI For All, 2018)

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.

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What employers say: content BSW Timber

What employers say:

"Engineering touches so much of what is in our lives. When you think about it, energy, food, water, clothing – almost everything you use has been shaped in some way by an engineer. As an engineer you will get involved in some of the most amazing things you could imagine. The world needs engineers now more than ever. There are some extraordinary challenges for humanity. We are consuming increasing amounts of energy, and yet it is becoming increasingly urgent to address the environmental impact of our energy use. Engineering and engineers change the world, collectively,"

- Tony Lockey, group learning and development manager, BSW Timber