Engineering department at East Durham College Technical Academy


Do you ever wonder how things are made?

How is all that stuff crammed into your games console? Who made the screen on your iPhone fit in the case? Do programmes like ‘How it’s made!’ and ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ interest and excite you? Do you enjoy working with both your HEAD and your HANDS? If you can answer YES to any or all of these questions then maybe a career in engineering is right for you.

At East Durham College, we have a dedicated engineering department with highly-experienced staff who have many years of industrial engineering experience. Our staff are dedicated to giving you the training, skills and knowledge you'll need to succeed in engineering, helping to kickstart your career and give you the things employers are looking for when your time at college comes to an end.

About Our Engineering Courses

Engineering is a very hands-on, very practical profession. The work of an engineer also has a scientific and mathematical background too; you can expect to take part in practical sessions where you may actually be creating objects, or you may take part in classroom-based, theoretical environments where you learn the science behind engineering, as well as how to design, plan and actually create objects from scratch.

Engineering is not an easy discipline to study, but it was an extremely rewarding one. If you work hard and put in the effort, you'll find yourself rapidly gaining new skills and knowledge which you'll put into practical use throughout your course and - at a later date - as part of your working life.

We offer several different engineering courses at East Durham College. If you'd like any more information about any of the courses before applying, we regularly run open days throughout the year where you can come to meet our lecturers and talk through your options, or alternatively you can always give us a call on 0191 518 2000 to have a chat.

Why Consider Studying Engineering?

Engineering is one of the UK's greatest success stories but also a sector with a significant skills shortage. This means that qualified engineers are significantly in-demand by employers; with a qualification in engineering, you could move on to an exciting career designing, creating and manufacturing almost anything.

There are countless career opportunities in engineering - you could progress into areas such as:

  • Robot Mechanical/Electrical Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Civil Engineering (Building Roads, Skyscrapers, etc)
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Renewable Energies
  • Conservation Projects

Engineers who graduate from university, on average, can earn a starting salary of more than £25,000 and tend to quickly move up the pay scale to become some of the top earners in the industry.

Your journey to become a qualified engineer will start with your time at East Durham College.

About the East Durham College Technical Academy

Our engineering courses are based at The Technical Academy.

This state-of-the-art facility, which is based on the South West Industrial Estate in Peterlee, is a 37,000 square foot space with vast, open-plan workshop area, training classrooms, IT suite, canteen and social space.

The engineering department includes the highest standards of equipment and facilities; the college has recently spent over £100k on the department and installed a full suite of Lathes, a Vertical Milling Machine and industry-standard welding equipment, all of which you'll use during your course.

To see full details on each of our engineering courses, run at The Technical Academy in Peterlee, County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2018/19, starting September 2018. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in engineering services, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website