How will Engineering be useful to me?
Throughout each of the strands, the use of four elements: Engineering knowledge and awareness
, Innovation and exploration
, Developing and manufacturing
creates a framework for learning that ensures a coherent learning experience for the students.
The course is divided into three separate strands:Processes and Principles:
This strand teaches students about the fundamental processes and principles of engineering. Students will apply their knowledge of materials and equipment to design and manufacture products. Design Application:
This strand teaches students about the key stages of the engineering design process, including building an understanding of the importance of design in both the end-user experience, and the economic and social impact of the product. Students will also discover how informed choice of materials and processes combine to produce a solution that is functional and efficient. Mechatronics:
This strand will see students use a combination of mechanical, manufacturing, electronic and software engineering to explore the relationship between simple inputs, processes and outputs. Mechatronics engages students in learning how high-tech manufacturing is performed and why it is becoming one of the fastest-growing career areas. Students will develop an appreciation of how control systems operate on a much larger scale and consider how the design of control systems can impact positively on the environment and sustainability. They will appreciate the role that engineering can play in employing "systems thinking" to design products and services that contribute to a better future.