Performing Engineering Operations (Pre-Apprenticeship)

Ayrshire College


Kilmarnock Campus


This course is extremely ‘hands on’, teaching you the basic hand skills you’ll need to become a Modern Apprentice in engineering. It’s an essential part of a Modern Apprenticeship, making you more employable in an engineering discipline.

There’s a bit of theory which includes topics such as how to use technical information like engineering drawings, how to work effectively in an engineering post, and health & safety regulations. We’ll also spend a small amount of time developing your core skills for employment, such as working as part of a team.

You will: develop skills in producing components using hand fitting techniques; develop skills in ‘turning’ activities; develop skills in the basic welding processes; develop skills in wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits; learn about basic computer numerical control (CNC) programming and machining activities; learn how to use a Computer Aid Drawing (CAD) system.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 4 preferably including English and Maths, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 4. Entry subject to interview.

Progression Routes

Progression onto a relevant course at SCQF Level 6, such as NC Electrical Engineering, or a Modern Apprenticeship.

Start Date





at SCQF Level 5

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy