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Performing Engineering Operations EMTA Level 2 NVQ Diploma

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    For more information or to enrol onto this course, please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

This year-long part-time course is ideal if you want to develop hand fitting and machining skills in a workshop environment. You will gain a basic understanding of the workshop environment, and the course can range from basic hand fitting skills through to operating milling machines and centre. You will be required to produce components that are practical and can be kept on successful completion of the course.

Entry requirements

To begin this course an interest in mechanical engineering is desirable, along with a reasonable level of ability in English and maths (GCSE grades A-D are desirable).

Course content

The course will cover health and safety, marking out procedures, hand fitting skills, operation of centre lathes and vertical milling machines. During the course you will study the following topics:

  • Working safely in an engineering environment
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Making components using hand tools and fitting techniques
  • Using lathes for turning operations
  • Preparing and Using Milling Machines.

Assessment methods

There will be assessed components and knowledge questions produced at each stage, which will contribute to passing the course.

After the initial workshop operations there are manufactured components, which will be assessed according to set criteria, with knowledge questions on each unit taken.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course, depending on your final grade, you can progress to study an engineering qualification at either Level 2 or Level 3.

Additional information

To take part in this course you will be required to wear suitable personal protective equipment, such as overalls and safety boots.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 21/09/2020 Mon 8.30 am - 4.00 pm £994 Cauldwell Street BBD1270

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
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If you are unemployed and receiving benefits then you could learn for FREE

You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

  • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit (subject to income)
  • Income support

Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

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