Mechanical Engineering HND

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About this course

Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. As a mechanical engineer you could be working on the tiniest component or the largest production plant. Your expertise is sought after in a wide range of sectors, including the manufacturing, power, construction and medical industries …

This Higher National Diploma course is designed to cover all the major functions of mechanical engineering. It includes four mandatory units:

  • Analytical Methods
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Project
  • Mechanical Principles.

You must also complete 12 optional units. The most commonly chosen are:

  • Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Computer-Aided Design Techniques
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Business Management
  • Computer Programming Techniques
  • Further Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Management of Projects
  • Strengths of Materials
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Application of Machine Tools
  • Manufacturing Process.

As well as classroom-based and science sessions, we’ll carry out practical activities such as tensile testing, Charpy impact testing and Rockwell hardness testing. These will be incorporated into your assessments. Alongside materials testing equipment you’ll work with CAD software. You will have 13.5 hours’ college contact time per week.

The Engineering Project module allows you to carry out a project of your choice and evaluate the results. Typically selected in conjunction with your employers and implemented in your workplace, the project gives you a valuable way to experience the applications of mechanical
engineering in a real-life situation. One of our students changed the process control for the production of precision bearings (to eliminate the need for costly lapping processes), for example, while another implemented a tool tracking system to allow a company to improve tractability, reduce loss and damage, and anticipate ordering requirements to reduce downtime.

What study at dudley college?

Our inspiring tutors have impressive engineering backgrounds and they’re supported by the newest and best facilities. Dudley College’s Engineering department is currently investing in a purpose-built £8m centre, creating 2800m² of teaching space over four floors. The new Dudley Advance (Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology) will open in the autumn of 2014, incorporating design studios, engineering suites, a working manufacturing and production centre, an innovation office, an engineering science laboratory and multiple seminar rooms. It will be used as training space by top employers in the region, so you know you’re working with the latest industry-standard machines and tools.

What are the entry requirements?

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You will need to have one of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (MMP or better)*
  • BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (MM or better)*
  • A-level in Maths plus AS-level in Physics (C or above)
  • City & Guilds 236 part C Access to HE in Engineering.

*Including the ‘Mechanical Principles’ and ‘Further Maths for Technicians’ modules.

You may also take up the course if you have …

  • BTEC Nationals in Engineering (Pass)
  • BTEC Nationals in Science (Pass)
  • Access to HE Science
  • City & Guilds 2330 Level 3

… and you complete a Maths and bridging module.

Course assessment

Testing the student’s knowledge together with the application of that knowledge is through a combination of assessment methods, including essays and reports, presentations, tutorial exercises and group work. Some practical is included as specified in some units and help the student develop kinaesthetic skills.

Students are encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills including:

  • Self-Management and development
  • Manage group dynamics and team work
  • Communicate and present to different audiences
  • Manage tasks and solve problems
  • Numeracy and literacy skills
  • Apply Design and Creativity

The variety of assessment methods used are designed to place emphasis on the student’s ability to demonstrate the following cognitive skills:

  • Reason critically
  • Identify and solve problems
  • Analyse and interpret
  • Application of theoretical concepts

The student is required to demonstrate these skills a number of times throughout the programme either individually or collectively. Students need to be aware that the development of these skills will be beneficial in terms of achieving Merit and Distinction grades in other modules studied.

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What's next?

Successful completion of an HND in Mechanical Engineering will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for relevant industry employment or progression to a degree course.

Where Can I Learn More?

For more information on gaining this qualification at Dudley College of Technology please contact the learner services team at or phone 01384 363 363.

Please Note

All courses are run subject to numbers, although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information shown above, Dudley College reserves the right to amend the content/arrangements therein as deemed necessary.

All fees quoted are normally per year, are the “standard” prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education. Unless directly specified, there are no additional costs associated with materials to be purchased or trips for this course.

Exceptions to the ”standard” prices may apply - see below for details and how to find out more:

  • Students under 16 years of age - contact the 14-16 Centre Manager on 01384 363 208.
  • Students aged 16-18 are not usually required to pay course fees on full or part-time courses. Contact the admissions team on 01384 363 333 for further details.
  • Non-standard UK/EU/EEA residents and international students - contact the international office on 01384 363 356 or email:

Initial Assessment

Please note that you may be asked to complete an initial assessment for any course that Dudley College offers.

* Statistics from undergraduate induction survey 2013-14.