Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations: Mechanical Engineering – September…

Start Date: 13 September 2022
Funding information: Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds. Adult funding available dependant on learner circumstances otherwise course costs apply.
Duration: 1 year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

The PEO Level 2 course is the foundation for your engineering journey in education. This course will provide a strong base from which you can progress to different career routes. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with tutors with a rich background of engineering experience from a number of different areas
  • Train on a variety of specialist equipment in a work-based environment
  • Take part in visits to some of the leading names in the industry, giving you a first-hand experience of larger engineering environments
  • Apply for apprenticeships whilst you study – we have a dedicated team whose aim is to help you find an apprenticeship with 1-2-1 support

Did you know?

  • Engineering jobs make up 19% of total UK employment
  • England has seen the highest number of engineering related apprenticeship starts for 10 years
  • Graduate jobs are well paid – often with a £25,000+ starting salary
  • 265,000 skilled entrants are required annually to meet demand for engineering companies through to 2024

The course is assessed in three ways:

  • During the course you will need to complete a number of practical exercises; whilst you are producing the components your tutor will observe you and assess your understanding and knowledge.
  • You will have a set of knowledge based questions for each unit that we cover. These will need to be completed during the year so your tutor can assess your knowledge of each unit. You will also have a job report that needs to be completed after you finish each practical task.
  • Once you have finished all of the practical and written tasks they form a portfolio of evidence which is used to complete the course.

Additional Info

You will receive all PPE from the college when you sign up to the course – free of charge (if the PPE is damaged or lost, you will be expected to pay for the cost of new PPE)

Course Content

Mandatory units:

Working safely in an engineering environment:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E)
  • Legislation & Law
  • Safe Working Practices & Risk Assessments
  • Rights and Responsibilities

Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively:

  • Safe Working Relationships
  • Safe Working Procedures
  • Correct Procedure of Cleaning up
  • Storage of Equipment
  • Importance of Self-Development and Being Responsible for your Learning
  • Acquiring Job Documentation
  • Tooling and Equipment Calibration

Using and communicating technical information:

  • Interpreting Engineering Symbols, Conventions and Drawings
  • Types of Engineering Drawings
  • Extracting Information from Engineering Drawings
  • Recording Technical Information
  • Preparation of an Engineering Activity
  • Practical Units

Producing components using hand fitting techniques:

  • Using the right measuring equipment
  • Marking Out Material Using a Range of Equipment and Techniques
  • Reading Technical Engineering Drawings

Preparing and using lathes for turning:

  • Safely Preparing for Turning Activities, Identify Turning Tools and Accessories
  • Correctly Mount a Work Holding Device, Work Piece and Tooling
  • Identify Health and Safety Risks, Defects in Components and Equipment

Maintaining mechanical equipment:

  • Safely Prepare for Maintenance Activity
  • Carry Out Maintenance on Gearboxes, Compressors, Pumps and Linear Actuators
  • Use Maintenance Diagnostic Techniques to Identify Faults on Mechanical Equipment

Assembling and testing fluid power systems:

  • Safely Prepare for Assembly of Fluid Power Systems
  • Carry out Assembly of a Fluid Power System such as Hydraulic, Pneumatic or Vacuum
  • Carry Out Test Procedures

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum grade 4 in English (either literature or language) and maths. As well as your minimum required grades you will also have to take part in a course interview so that you can meet the tutors who will ensure this is the correct route for you.

Assessment Methods

  • practical assignments
  • written assignments
  • portfolio


There are a few options you can consider after finishing your course:

  • Gain an apprenticeship
  • BTEC Level 3 – This route is more beneficial for those who are wanting to go to university as it is primarily theory based
  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma – This route is beneficial for those who are more ‘hands on’ however it still carries a smaller number of UCAS points


£1052.50 incl VAT