NC Mechanical Maintenance

Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year

As a STEM Assured College we have a renowned reputation for engineering with cutting edge technology and staff to support this. If you are considering a career in engineering, and in particular mechanical engineering, then this NC Mechanical Maintenance course can help you on your way. If you enjoy problem solving and are solution focused, wanting to know how things work, then you can become a great engineer.
Currently and in the future, Engineering jobs are in high demand with many jobs required each year in Scotland alone as a result of Industry 4.0
The course is available to study full time over one year, or as a day release programme over two years.

What will I learn?

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:

Core Units

  • Communication core skill unit 
  • Mathematics: Craft 1 
  • Engineering: Applying information technology

Mandatory Units 

  • Electrical plant safety and maintenance
  • Graphical engineering communication
  • Maintenance safety
  • Mechanical engineering principles
  • Plant installation
  • Pneumatics and hydraulics

Optional Units

  • Engineering dimensional control
  • CAD for engineers
  • Engineering materials
  • Graphical engineering communications

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three National 5s or equivalent, including maths and a science or a technical 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

As a STEM Assured College 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 state-of-the-art engineering facilities which will provide students with a world class learning experience.

Jobs and further study

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

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 and we will be in contact. Please make sure to include your predicted or current qualifications in your application.  An outline of previous experience and why you want to study engineering will be very helpful in your application.

You will be notified of the outcome by email whether you have been selected to join the course. 


There are four possible outcomes of the application process:

  1. Unconditional offer – your offer of a place is guaranteed.
  2. Conditional offer – your offer of a place is dependent on meeting certain criteria prior to the start of the course
  3. Waiting list – you have met the entry requirements, however, the course is full. You will be contacted should a place become available.
  4. Unsuccessful – you have not met the minimum entry criteria.

Unsuccessful applicants may be offered a place on different course where suitable.

Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. Student Funding, Joining Instructions, Induction Date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6094