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Engineering College Courses

Bishop Burton is a great place to learn the principles and practical skills to work in engineering.

If you want an engineering career, our general and more specialist land-based engineering courses are a great starting point.

Bishop Burton has a dedicated engineering workshop, which replicates industry workshops, so you’ll be well-prepared for work at the end of your course.

You’ll have access to a full range of tools, training equipment (including welding simulators) and machinery, with our expert tutors on hand to help you develop the skills you need.

Depending on the type of course you choose - Level 2, Level 3, an apprenticeship or short course - you can learn the principles of mechanical engineering and acquire practical skills too, such as fabrication and welding.

Work experience will be a significant part of your training. Bishop Burton’s excellent links with engineering businesses provide good scope for securing work placements and employment.

Land-based engineering

Want to specialise in land-based engineering? As an agricultural college, Bishop Burton is ideally placed to give you specialist training.

Here, you will work on a range of vehicles, including JCBs, tractors and horticultural equipment, and you can study vehicle engine mechanics and technology, testing, servicing and repair. Our courses also provide opportunities to study agricultural robotics, computer-based imaging and GPS technology.

Careers focused

You'll develop the knowledge and skills to launch your career in a variety of roles, including:

  • Maintenance technician
  • Mechanic
  • Machine operative
  • Quality control officer
  • Systems development manager
  • Welding and fabrication technician

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Student Profiles

Miriam Level 3 Land Based Technology

Miriam - Level 3 Land-Based Technology

"I gave up my previous career to pursue my dream of working in Engineering. I don’t have any regrets. I’ve loved every minute of the Engineering course and I’m so pleased I went down the BTEC route."

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Meet your tutors

Matthew Lowe Lecturer in Welding and Fabrication

Matthew Lowe

Lecturer in Welding and Fabrication

"Before joining Bishop Burton, I was in the Army, working in welding and fabrication with the Royal Engineers, for six-and-a-half years. I also worked in a welding and fabrication factory.

"Everything we do in the engineering department has a real world, practical element to it. As a specialist college, Bishop Burton has its own working farm, so we get real jobs to do from that, working on the machinery. We also get local farms bringing their equipment in as well. The students are all working on real tasks, which provides them with invaluable experience.

"It’s really important to prepare students for industry, so as well as working on practical tasks, we also give them responsibility and treat them like adults."


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