Engineering Systems

Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus


This is a general engineering course which will give you a good insight into the different branches of engineering - including mechanical, electrical, electronic and aeronautical - to help you to make the right choice about your future career.

You’ll begin by looking at engineering systems, including the electrical and mechanical quantities, and electromechanical performance of a system. You’ll then explore mechanical engineering systems and how to solve problems involving work, energy and power in mechanical systems.

You’ll look at power plant for aircraft and helicopters, and will learn about gas turbine and four stroke piston engines, as well as aircraft fuel systems. You’ll also focus on pneumatics and hydraulics, learning how to interpret components and component symbols, and build fluid power circuits.

On the practical side, you’ll develop basic skills in electrical wiring, learning how to build electronic circuits, including analogue and digital circuits.

You’ll develop engineering workshop skills, such as how to interpret drawings, and manufacture components. You’ll also learn how to use a commercial Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) platform and create 2D engineering drawings.

Entry Requirements

3 relevant subjects at National 4 including English and Maths, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 4. Entry by interview and aptitude test.

Progression Routes

Progression on to NC Aeronautical Engineering at SCQF Level 6 or a Modern Apprenticeship.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


STEM - Engineering and Science

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