Engineering FdEng

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must be in paid employment and have 2 A-Levels
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Key Dates

  • Application Deadline
    Usually August, please get in touch for guidance
  • Start Date
    October

Benefit from close links to industry

Earn a living whilst you complete your studies

Opportunity to progress onto one of the BEng Professional Engineering programmes (by distance learning)

Gain specialist knowledge required to further your career

Course summary

This qualification has been designed to appeal to a wide range of employers across many sectors.

Course Outline & Key Facts

Aston’s Foundation Degrees are varied, flexible and accessible.The aim of the programme is to provide a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Engineering, including relevant aspects of Business Management.  It will also equip students with the necessary skills for a range of technology based careers across a wide range of engineering sectors. Upon completion, further specialist study can be acquired through the bolt on B.Eng in Professional Engineering which is delivered on a distance learning basis meaning minimal time away from the workplace.

Duration:
2 years

Attendance: Students are required to attend all block teaching sessions (approximately 13 weeks per year)

Location: All teaching is delivered at Aston. Modules are delivered in two week intensive blocks (approximately 13 weeks in total per year) with additional revision classes. The course is classed as full time as students are expected to carry out work assignments whilst off campus, based around their current job role.

Entry Requirements & Fees

Entry Requirements

  •  A relevant National Certificate or Diploma in Engineering or related subject awarded at Merit or Distinction level.
  • 2 ‘A’ levels (preferably including Mathematics or Physics), with supporting GCSEs at grade c or above, including Science, Technology or Mathematics.
  • Equivalent Scottish or overseas qualifications to those listed above.
  • If over 21, on the basis of experience or qualification deemed equivalent to those above.
  • Candidates with appropriate level 4 plus qualifications may be allowed direct year 2 entry

 

Subject Specific Requirements

  • Applicants should be in paid employment in which they can achieve the work based learning elements of the programme

 

Fees (per annum)

£8,050 (Home/EU) £13,900 (Outside EU) for 2019/20 

Subject Guide & Modules

These modules are examples only and subject to change, please check back for next year’s modules soon.

Year 1

Core Modules:

  • Business Systems for Engineers (EE1F07); Managing work activities, costing systems and techniques; financial planning & control; project management.

  • Electromechanical Systems (EE1F04); Rotating magnetic fields; 3 phase induction motors; applications of power electronic drive systems; statics and dynamics; Beans shafts and Cylinders

  • Principles of Electrical Engineering (EE1F05); Circuits; complex numbers; circuit theorems; per-unit analysis; three phase connections. 
  • Engineering Mathematics (EE1F06); Algebraic methods; Trigonometry; Calculus

Specialist Modules:Electrical & Mechanical

  • Energy Conversion & Energy Transfer (EE1F03); Magnetic materials and characteristics; self and mutual inductance; ideal transformer; energy and co-energy; thermal systems

Gas Transmission

  • Gas Engineering Principles (ME1F20); Natural gas characteristics; gas transmission; basic concepts of natural gas processing; acid gas treating

Water Distribution & Treatment

  • Hydraulics & Pumping Systems (EE1F30); Principles of channel flows, weir and flumes; Hydraulic profiling; Flow distribution, divisions and combination; Flow through hydraulic structures and unit process; Time varying flows through treatment; Pump system calculation; Principles and sizing of pumps; Sludge pumping systems; Pumping station design; Pump maintenance

At the end of Year 1, students may be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education or proceed to Year 2.

Year 2

Core Modules:

  • Data Acquisition & Control (EE2f10); Fundamental principles of instrumentation; transducers; telemetry; control; hardware; intrinsically safe systems
  • Word Based Project (EE2F07); Self management and organisation; developing appropriate concepts and solutions; Project planning management; Design/Engineering implementation; Client liaison; Design/Engineering production; Recognition of needs and identifying problems; Professional practice; Research and the collection of information; Marketing; Selection and analysis
  • Mathematical Methods (EE2F06); Laplace method of solution and applications relevant to electrical engineering; fourier analysis and applications relevant to electrical engineering; numerical techniques; statistical analyses of experimental data; computer modelling & simulation of simple electrical systems using spreadsheet and micro-cap
  • Computer Aided Design (2D & 3D) EE2F11; Introduction to CAD, Design intent, robust modelling; Material properties and selection for purpose; Research methods; Introduction to CAE, virtual prototyping and testing; Static and dynamic analysis

Specialist Modules:

Mechanical

  • Thermodynamics Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics (EE2FG1); Fluid mechanics; heat transfer; thermodynamics; project
  • Materials Technology (EE2F04); Basic properties of engineering materials; mechanical properties of materials, methods of fatigue testing; stress concentration factors

Electrical

  • Electrical Machines (EE2FG1); Materials and machine construction; Stator and field circuits; Machine parameters; Characteristics of synchronous machines; generator model; power system stability
  • Substations, Transformers and Circuit-Breakers (EE2F04); Substation function; equipment and elements of a substation; earthing; auxiliary plant; vector grouping; cooling; banking/parallel operation; top changers; transformer maintenance, testing and commissioning; circuit breakers & switchgear
  • Substations, Transformers and Circuit-Breakers (EE2F04); Substation function; equipment and elements of a substation; earthing; auxiliary plant; vector grouping; cooling; banking/parallel operation; top changers; transformer maintenance, testing and commissioning; circuit breakers & switchgear


Gas Transmission

  • Elements of Gas Engineering (ME2F33); Natural gas compression; control elements and automation of gas transmission; pipelines design operation; business and environmental
  • Materials Technology (ME2F21); Basic properties of engineering materials; mechanical properties of materials, methods of fatigue testing; stress concentration factors


Water Distribution & Treatment

  • Chemical Processes for the Water Industry (EE2F31); Fundamental chemical processes; associated with the water industry; fundamental drinking water processing; fundamental foul water processing
  • Water and Waste-water Treatment Principles (EE2F32); Classification of water impurities; remediation strategies; water processing plant design; control strategies associated with treatment plants

At the end of year 2, students will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Engineering and may choose to proceed to Year 3 BEng (Hons) Professional Engineering.

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

This programme is assessed by assignments, formal lectures, tutorial classes, work-based projects and examinations.

Progression

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Engineering have the opportunity to progress on to the BEng Professional Engineering Programme on a work based blended distance learning basis. The new BEng Professional Engineering degree course has been developed to give the opportunity to those engineers coming from engineering disciplines other than power engineering who would like to study a more general professional engineering qualification.

Course Director

Dr Panos Doss

Panos Doss is the Programme Director in Energy Systems and Utilities, which include the Foundation Degrees in Engineering (Gas Transmisson, Mechanical Engineering and Water Engineering), and the Foundation Degree in Nuclear Engineering. He has significant experience in Bioenergy and Biofuels, including gasification and other thermochemical means of conversion of biomass into bio-fuels, combustion and emission characteristics of novel and renewable fuels. Panos is also a process engineering consultant for the alternative and renewable energy sectors. He is soon to be a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the IChemE. 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for the course please contact us on the details below.

Contact us

Aston Professional Education Centre 

School of Engineering & Applied Science Aston University Aston Triangle  Birmingham  B4 7ET

Tel: +44 (0)121 204 5394 Email: eas_apec@aston.ac.uk

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