Find your future in Engineering

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The Scottish Highlands has a rich heritage of engineering and this continues to be a thriving sector for a range of exciting and long-term career opportunities.

Our engineering, technology and energy faculty are committed to providing students with ‘as real as it gets training’ in an up-to-date, practical setting with excellent industrial facilities. The curriculum encompasses a range of engineering disciplines, starting from access level through to apprenticeships and master’s degrees. We continually look at the latest industry standards, ensuring that our qualifications are developed for the future to make sure you have the relevant skills and knowledge required by employers.

Why study with us...

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Our teaching staff have a huge range of experience working in their respective industries and can relate what they are teaching you to the careers you work towards.

Our Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre (ETEC), based at our Thurso campus, is the largest and best equipped of its type in the North of Scotland.

We work closely with local businesses to ensure we are training you to industry standard, so you can gain the skills and attributes that are really valued by employers. As a result, many companies offer our students work placements, apprenticeships and traineeships which can lead to employment. In fact, some companies do not advertise and instead recruit their employees directly from college engineering programmes. Click to see the engineering employers we work with.

We encourage our students to build on the skills they have gained with us by competing for prestigious engineering awards. In the past, our students have been awarded Apprentice of the Year at the IMechE Engineering Craft Competition and SECTT awards. We're extremely proud to say our students have won awards not only for the North of Scotland but also at national level.

Student Case Study

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"I started my studies at the university on an apprenticeship. I wanted to progress with my career and ultimately become a chartered engineer. The flexible study methods suited me and my employer and I have been able to progress to the MSc in Engineering. The key advantage of my studies is that the majority of lecturers and tutors come from an industry background giving meaning and substance to the teaching, and making it more interesting."

Mark Graham, MSc Engineering student