Basic Engineering Skills and Model Engineering
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About this course
If you're a model engineering enthusiast or someone who is eager to learn how to make or repair model railways, to construct and assemble clock components or spare parts for cars, motor bikes or bicycles, this course is for you! Whether you're a beginner or someone with previous knowledge and skills; all that's needed is interest and enthusiasm.
What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to enable you to produce model engineering components work using machinery safely and accurately.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Health and Safety issues in the workshop
  • Demonstrate your ability to measure using micrometers and vernier callipers
  • Demonstrate you have developed your skills in tapping and dieing threads and how to use this operation on machinery
  • Demonstrate that you have developed your skills across a range of techniques appropriate to the project undertaken

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Health and Safety - health and safety in operating machinery
  • Measuring - using micrometer and vernier callipers
  • Tapping and dieing threads - how to undertake these operations on machinery
  • Skills - lathing, milling, bench fitting, surface grinding
  • Projects - designing and making components for individual engineering projects.

Learners will receive tuition and guidance on a one-to-one basis, tailored to the level of development and choice of project. Demonstrations are given throughout the course on a range of skills and techniques appropriate to the individual learner's needs.

Students work on individual projects and learn new skills/techniques as required.

Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional costs and information

You should bring safety glasses with you if you have them, but they will be provided for those who do not have any. Overalls and sturdy shoes/safety boots must be worn - the wearing of trainers will not be permitted in the workshop environment.

You will need to source and supply most of your own materials for this course. Castings for model steam locomotives and clock components are usually found in modellers magazines. Some minor materials may be available for purchase at low cost from the tutor.

You will be able to use a small welding workshop with heat treatment resources. Other available machinery include: Centre lathes Myford 7, Harrison M300, Colchester student - six others of this size- Harrison M400), vertical milling machines (5 machines available, some with digital readouts), horizontal milling machines (2 available), grinding machines (1 surface grinder, 2 bench grinders for tool sharpening).

  • Termly
    This is a termly course, meaning it is part of a series of three individual courses each lasting one term. Students who have completed the first term receive priority over other applicants. Students wishing to enrol on all three terms at once may do so by calling 01225 350035.
What could I do next?
If you have a burning desire to study engineering further, why not take a look at our electrical and mechanical engineering courses. You may also be interested in developing your skills in welding, and if so our Welding-Beginners course might be your next step.