Engineering

Cambridge Technicals Level 3 – Engineering - Extended Certificate

Welcome aspiring Engineers! This will be an exciting and challenging course giving you real breadth and depth of knowledge in Engineering to act as a springboard for the rest of your academic and professional careers.  This document is a very brief overview of the units you will be studying.

For the full detail about each unit, search the internet for 178280-level-3-units.  (Be aware that there are 23 possible units.  You will only be studying the six mentioned below!)

Units which will be studied in Year 12:

Unit 1 - Mathematics for Engineering (external assessment)

Mathematics is one of the fundamental tools of the engineer. It underpins every branch of engineering and the calculations involved are needed to apply almost every engineering skill.

This unit will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the mathematical techniques commonly used to solve a range of engineering problems.

By completing this unit learners will develop an understanding of:

  • algebra relevant to engineering problems
  • the use of geometry and graphs in the context of engineering problems
  • exponentials and logarithms related to engineering problems
  • the use of trigonometry in the context of engineering problems
  • calculus relevant to engineering problems
  • how statistics and probability are applied in the context of engineering problems.

 

Unit 2 - Science for Engineering (external assessment)

Different branches of science underpin the teaching and learning of a number of engineering disciplines. In this unit we focus on the science which supports mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, fluid dynamics, thermal physics and material science for engineering.

This unit will develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of principles of engineering science and consider how these can be applied to a range of engineering situations.

By completing this unit learners will:

  • understand applications of SI units and measurement
  • understand fundamental scientific principles of mechanical engineering
  • understand fundamental scientific principles of electrical and electronic engineering
  • understand properties of materials
  • know the basic principles of fluid mechanics
  • know the basic principles of thermal physics.

 

Unit 10 - Computer Aided Design (CAD) (internal assessment)

Computer Aided Design (CAD) has been used across the world for many years in many diverse industries to design products, including both mechanical and electrical component and product design. A variety of software packages are used to perform this commercially.

The aim of this unit is for learners to develop the ability to be able to create 3D models using CAD, and to go on to create 3D assemblies of components within a CAD system.

To underpin this, learners will develop the skill of producing 2D CAD engineering drawings to appropriate standards, and will develop knowledge and understanding of the use of simulation tools within commercial CAD systems.

Units which will be studied in Year 13:

Unit 3 - Principles of Mechanical Engineering (external assessment)

All machines and structures are constructed using the principles of mechanical engineering. Machines are made up of components and mechanisms working in combination. Engineers need to understand the principles that govern the behaviour of these components and mechanisms. This unit explores these principles and how they are applied.

By completing this unit learners will develop an understanding of:

  • systems of forces and types of loading on mechanical components
  • the fundamental geometric properties relevant to mechanical engineering
  • levers, pulleys and gearing
  • the properties of beams
  • the principles of dynamic systems.

 

Unit 4 - Principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (external assessment)

Electrical systems and electronic devices are present in almost every aspect of modern life – and it is electrical and electronic engineers who design, test and produce these systems and devices.

This unit will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin electrical and electronic engineering.

By completing this unit learners will develop an understanding of:

  • fundamental electrical principles
  • alternating voltage and current
  • electric motors and generators
  • power supplies and power system protection
  • analogue electronics
  • digital electronics.

 

Unit 9 - Mechanical Design (internal assessment)

The successful manufacture of mechanical components and products depends on well planned, accurate and complete design solutions.

The aim of this unit is for learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to be successful in their design of mechanical engineering components and products.

Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of engineering drawings, both freehand graphical techniques, and more formal drawing techniques. They will also be able to select the appropriate engineering materials to achieve their design solutions.

Learners will be able to produce a design which can successfully be manufactured, and finally learn how to optimise a design to improve performance.