Engineering equipment at East Durham College's Technical Academy


Do you ever wonder how things are made?

How is all that stuff crammed into your Xbox? 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.

Our engineering courses are based at The Technical Academy.

Our state-of-the-art facility on the South West Industrial Estate, in Peterlee, provides the region with a true centre of excellence. The Academy is located in about 37,000 sq ft. of space with a vast workshop area, training classrooms and IT suite.

Because the workshop space is open plan, it creates interaction between all trades - and therefore simulates a real construction working environment.

We employ teams of highly-skilled tradesmen who are first-class construction training practitioners. Their experienced, expert approach brings students up to the right levels of technical skill - and ensures that those skills are applied in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

The Technical Academy is continually building important partnerships with leading construction companies, such as Baxi, CTD, Keepmoat and Kier. These partners play a vital role in ensuring that we provide the best training, using the latest products.

Our mission is to turn out confident learners with the highly-accomplished trade skills that the construction industry and today’s employers demand.

At EDC we have a dedicated engineering department with highly experienced staff who have many years of industrial experience. The College has recently spent over £100k on new, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment including a full suite of Lathes, Vertical Milling Machine and Industry standard welding equipment.

So why not pop in and talk to us about engineering courses and see what we can offer.

Key training includes:

  • Performing Engineering Operations
  • Level 3 BTEC in Manufacturing Engineering
  • MIG Welding Appreciation

A career in engineering opens many pathways. With a good foundation you can move into areas such as:

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

Plus, remember that engineers who graduate from university usually earn at starting salary of £25k+ and tend to quickly move up the pay scale and be some of the top earners in industry.

Engineers are in BIG demand, not only in the UK, but all round the WORLD.

Here’s how typical salaries compare*:

Project Engineer circa £60,000
Civil Engineer circa £45,000
Maintenance Engineer circa £35,000
Teacher circa £22,000
Factory Manager circa £22,000
Sales Consultant circa £13,000
Bar Manager circa £13,000
Shop Worker circa £8,000

*Source: Jobcentre Plus, County Durham Area, Nov 2011 & Exec-Appointments countrywide.

For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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