NC Mechanical Maintenance (Level 5)

Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Are you looking for a career in Mechanical Maintenance? Do you like to know how things work and then fix them when they break or carry out maintenance to prevent them from breaking in the first place. This NC Mechanical Maintenance course gives you a great introduction to plant maintenance, installation and safety whilst further developing your skills and knowledge to progress in the world of engineering. If you're considering a career in engineering, and in particular mechanical engineering, then this course can help you on your way. If you enjoy problem solving, are solution focused, and want to know how things work, then you can become a great engineer.

What will I learn?

The course is designed to allow you to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of mechanical maintenance engineering. It has been designed to offer a balance of practical and theory to enable progression to either employment or further education.

Throughout the duration of the course, you will undertake SQA NC units which will lead to the NC Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Award at SCQF Level 5 (G983 45). The units that you will undertake are:

  • Communication core skill unit 
  • Mathematics: Craft 1 
  • Engineering: Applying information technology
  • Electrical plant safety and maintenance
  • Graphical engineering communication
  • Maintenance safety
  • Mechanical engineering principles
  • Plant installation
  • Pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Engineering dimensional control
  • CAD for engineers
  • Engineering materials
  • Graphical engineering communications

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three National 4s, or equivalent, including maths and a science or a technical subject
  • If English is not your first language, then a level 6 ESOL qualification is required, due to the technical demands of the subject.
  • If you don't have formal qualifications but you do have relevant life and/or work experience, you are also welcome to apply

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Entry requirements equivalency table

Employer and industry links

We have a renowned reputation for engineering, supported by cutting edge technology, highly qualified and experienced staff.  As a result of Industry 4.0 mechanical engineers are in demand for innovative roles in design, robotics and automation. If you enjoy the human skills of problem solving and are solution focused, then with our help you can become an innovative future ready engineer.

Additionally, we work in partnership with the majority of engineering employers and are seen as the engineering college of choice within the Greater Glasgow area. These partnerships provide opportunities for Industrial visits, student placements and industry talks as well as providing opportunities for students to progress into employment. Due to our excellent links, the College is continually at the forefront of technological advances with investment in our engineering facilities which will provide students with a world class learning experience.

Jobs and further study

If you're successful on this course, you could gain entry to HNC Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow Clyde College, subject to the following criteria: 

  • 95% attendance
  • reference from lecturers 

It may also be possible to gain entry to:

  • NC 6 Mechanical Engineering
  • NC 6 Manufacturing Engineering 

Previous students have progressed onto apprenticeships in the mechanical, manufacturing, maintenance, aerospace and ship building sectors.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application.  

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example, details of student funding, joining instructions and induction date.  

You will be invited to our open day where you can meet with the staff and existing students, you will also be given a tour of the campus. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6094