Build your future and advance your career with the skills to get ahead when you study for a qualification in Engineering.

What is Engineering?

Engineering is a growing and incredibly varied industry which designs, creates, manufactures, and fixes products in just about every aspect of our daily lives. With a wide variety of careers in many different sectors such as transport, health, defense, and many more, engineering provides a solid career path for students.

Renewable energy is another key talking point in engineering and is sure to provide a long last career as the world moves to address the climate emergency. It is becoming more popular in the UK with 47% of all the energy being renewable in 2020, rising from 35.9% in 2019.

This has created a new sector of careers and job roles in engineering which will provide a stable career. Courses such as Introduction of Engineering and Renewable Energy (NQ) @ SCQF Level 4 will enable you to develop a career path in sustainable energy while gaining a qualification along the way.

Other courses in our engineering department at Dumfries and Galloway College can offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain new skills. You can study a range of qualifications, from learning a new trade or brushing up your skills in the engineering profession.  We will prepare you to get one step ahead in your career or further education.


Career paths with a qualification in Engineering

  • Civil Engineering Technicians – gives support to engineers in specialised areas on construction sites. This could be logistics, design, or planning. Civil Engineering Technicians will have knowledge and certainty to spot any problems that may occur on site and write reports for engineers. Average starting salary is between £17,000 - £19,000
  • Energy Engineers – are involved in the production of harnessing energy. They often work with sustainable sources such as hydro, solar power, wind, and biofuel. Energy Engineers can work with companies who remove oil and gas making them more economical, sustainable, and able to meet carbon reduction targets. Energy Engineers will be confident people who can research and find locations for energy sites. Average starting salary between £20,000 - £30,000
  • Wind Turbine Technicians – are responsible for maintaining and repairing wind turbines making sure they operate smoothly. The must have good knowledge of engineering, being able to install wind turbines at sea or on land. Wind Turbine Technicians are confident people who test turbine blades and control systems to make sure they are working correctly. Average starting salary £23,000 - £25,000
  • Structural Engineers – are inventive people who create and design buildings and structures which help solve problems. They can specialise in creating any venue or construction such as pipelines, schools, arenas, and bridges. Structural Engineers will investigate the environmental conditions and how the project will be used to make sure it can endure any issues that may occur. Average starting salary between £22,000 - £25,000

For more information from National Careers & Prospects

Why study Engineering at Dumfries & Galloway College?

Get one step ahead and build your future with Dumfries and Galloway College – the leading provider of education and training in southwest Scotland. Here’s why you should study with us:

Student Satisfaction

We're in the top 2 of 26 colleges in Scotland for further education in student satisfaction with 97% Students Satisfied 

We're in the top 4 of 26 of colleges in Scotland for higher education in student satisfaction with 94% Students Satisfied 

Based on the 2018/19 academic year Student Satisfaction and Engagement survey conducted by the Scottish Funding Council.

Student Satisfaction

Positive Destination

Over 9 in 10 of our students move to a positive destination into further study or employment. 

Based on our performance indicators.

Positive Destination

Pathway to University

Our students successfully completing an HNC or HND program can continue their education journey and move on to further study towards a degree with a UK university.

Pathway to University

Our Learning Environment

Dumfries and Galloway College has first-class facilities, where you can study for a career in Engineering confidently. With support from our qualified staff, you can also learn the theory behind the practical skills.


Our course options

Browse our range of engineering courses. Choose the course for you and click through to find out more and apply:

*Courses listed above are available as at time of publishing. Availability is subject to demand and some courses may stop accepting applications or be withdrawn at any time.

Featured Courses

Engineering - Solar - Green Energy

Introduction To Engineering and Renewable Energy (NQ) @ SCQF Level 4

This is a broad-based engineering course that covers all areas of engineering. The course contains units on Electrical Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Fabrication and Welding & Mechanical Engineering as well as a project on Renewable Engineering. 

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Manufacturing Engineering NC @ SCQF Level 6

This award is designed for suitably qualified school leavers or mature learners who have an interest in engineering and wish to gain employment in the engineering industry as a Mechanical Engineering Technician or Engineering Maintenance Technician.

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Motor Vehicle

Mechanical Engineering HNC @ SCQF Level 7

This award is designed for individuals with acceptable qualifications or mature learners who upon completion wish to enter the engineering and service industries or the renewable energy sector at technician level. 

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