PDA Manufacturing

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

The PDA in Manufacturing is designed to provide an insight in to trade specific skills. This course can also be used to upskill your workforce. You will study core units in computer numerical control (CNC), mechanical engineering principles, engineering measurement and computer aided draughting (CAD) for engineers. You will also be required to do two optional units. These will most likely be pneumatics and material selection.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to programme CNC machines using Fanuc control panels, along with setting the machines to run your programme.

You will use the latest Autodesk software in the CAD unit to modify and create engineering drawings, along with creating 3D models and composite drawings.

Engineering measurement will give you the skills to inspect your components accurately and mechanical engineering principles will introduce you to aspects of dynamics, statics and materials.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Four National 5s, or equivalent, at B or above including Maths and Physics; OR
  • One Higher, or equivalent, from Design for Manufacture, Graphical Communications, Maths or Physics; OR
  • A relevant NC; OR
  • Due to the nature of the course relevant industrial experience will be considered.
  • If English is not your first language, then a level 6 ESOL qualification is required, due to the technical demands of the subject.

Entry requirement equivalency table 

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

Employer and industry links

Glasgow Clyde College 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 these excellent links the College is at the forefront of technological advances with continual investment in its engineering facilities which provide students with a world class learning experience.

Jobs and further study

This PDA counts directly towards HNC Engineering Practice, which is available as a full-time course. We are also introducing an Advanced Manufacturing PDA to be run in the evening.

Other routes could be NC Mechanical or Manufacture Engineering at Level 6. Depending on your level of Maths you could be considered for HNC in Mechanical or Manufacture Engineering.

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?

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