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Maintenance Engineering HND (Top Up) (Level 5) - Part-time


Course outline

If you’ve completed a relevant HNC this conversion course can help you progress your career in manufacturing engineering.

This top-up course will give you the skills and knowledge needed to progress your career across a range of jobs in manufacturing engineering. Manufacturing engineers help design the most efficient ways to produce goods across a huge range of industries, from food to plastics and pharmaceuticals. You could also work in utilities or even the armed forces.

You will complete significant project-based learning including laboratory investigations, design work, projects, case studies and tutorials. Learning methods will include student-centred work alongside more traditional methods and practical problem solving.

Communication skills and the application of computers in engineering will be pivotal, as so many of the tools of engineering are computer–based (such as design software and automated production techniques) and these require communicating to people from different professional and academic backgrounds.


  • Quality and business improvement
  • Personal and professional development
  • Mechatronics systems
  • Health & safety and risk assessment
  • Engineering design
  • Industrial plan services

How to enrol onto this course

You will be able to apply for this course online soon.

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Pearson HND Maintenance Engineering


1 year

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

Applicants should have successfully completed the following:

  • A relevant HNC with at least 10 units at level 4 & 5

You must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is through assignments.


The HND qualification is widely recognised in its own right and provides students with the skills required for employment in a broad range of industries with either a managerial or technical bias. After successfully completing the HND you could top-up your qualification to a degree at a wide range of universities. The point of entry (e.g. second or third year of a degree) will depend on the chosen institution, modules studied and the grades achieved at HND.

Examples include:

  • Top-up to a degree at university
  • Research and development engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Technical sales engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer

You can view the full Course Specification here.

Chloe Nunn in a Nottingham College Engineering workshop

I chose to pursue a career in engineering as I really enjoy hands-on work, especially starting off with a single raw material and then ending up with a finished product.

Chloe Nunn Engineering Technician (and Level 3 student) at Nottingham College

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