Subject Overview


Engineering can be found everywhere – It can be in your home, on your way to work and in everyday items which are around you! The engineering department offers courses covering all levels, from courses for beginners to Higher National Diplomas (HNDs). Our courses are carefully planned and delivered to provide a clear route to becoming a professional engineer, no matter what the starting point on the ladder.

The full time extended diploma courses are designed for students wishing to progress to full time University courses and encompass a range of engineering disciplines including electrical, electronics, mechanical, maintenance and process control engineering.

Our full time practical based courses run at level 2 and level 3 , offering a more hands on approach to gaining skills and knowledge of engineering. These courses provide cover a range of engineering disciplines which include:  machining, maintenance, fabrication and welding. These practical courses are designed to provide a natural stepping stone towards advanced Apprenticeships in engineering.

Currently we offer carefully designed Apprenticeship packages at an advanced level 3 in mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, maintenance, fabrication and welding engineering which are encompass all the training needs for a professionally qualified engineering technician.

To complement our full time and Apprenticeship programmes we currently offer Higher Education qualifications in mechanical, manufacturing, electrical and mechatronics engineering through our franchise with Teesside University.

We also offer a range of professional development courses including; level 2 and level 3 CAD, part time diplomas for day release and bespoke packages for industry training.

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  • Robert Jenkinson

    Extended Diploma in Engineering

    Previous school 

    Longfield Academy

    What do you enjoy about your course?

    You get to study different subjects within engineering and the opportunity to go to university.

    What attracted you to Darlington College?

    I decided to leave the Navy and I wanted a change of career, the college had a lot to offer in courses and facilities.

    What are your career aspirations?

    I see myself doing research within the chemical engineering sector in a large research team.

    What is the next step in your education?

    I would like to do a masters degree in materials and chemical engineering.

    How has this course prepare d you for the next step?

    This course has given me knowledge in multiple engineering disciplines rather than one specific sector.

    What advice would you give to other students wanting to study at the college?

    I would highly recommend hitting deadlines rather than leaving them to the last minute.  You also get good feedback from the tutors on your work

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