What is the study of engineering?

Engineering is the application of mathematics, empirical evidence and scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, innovate, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, tools, systems, components, materials, processes and organizations.

What are the Common Skills Engineers Use?

Engineers are problem solvers, organizers, communicators, calculators and designers. These skills rely heavily on rational thinking and logical decision making, which is why most Engineers come from a science and math background. Yet despite this fact Engineering is a highly creative activity, especially when complicated problems are involved. The modern Engineer is also very software savvy and can use a range of different computing programs to assist in verifying designs and predicting how structures will behave in the environment.

Engineering- IVQ

Certificate Level 1- 2850-80

Certificate Level 2- 2850-84/83/82

Diploma Level 3- 2850-90/84/85/88

City & Guilds Accredited

About the Programme

Focusing on the major disciplines within engineering, the learner will gain the knowledge and hand skills needed to develop or build on a successful career in engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Description and Programme Structure

Level 1

This level is ideal for school leavers considering a career in engineering and will provide a basic understanding of engineering principles.

To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units, including:

  1. Carrying out basic fitting techniques
  2. Carrying out mechanical assembly
  • Producing engineering drawings.

Level 2
This level is ideal if you are a school leaver with some engineering knowledge and experience, or you require some engineering skills in your role. You will develop your understanding and practical experience of specific engineering technologies. It can also be used as part of an Engineering Apprenticeship.
There are four qualifications available at both Certificate and Diploma size. The Certificate size qualifications are included in the Improving Operational Performance Apprenticeship framework and the Diploma size qualifications are included in the Intermediate Engineering Manufacture Apprenticeship framework.

Learners can choose their specific course of choice from any of the following three (3):

  • Engineering technology
  • Maintenance technology
  • Fabrication and welding technology

Level 3
This provides more experienced learners with an understanding and practical experience of specialist engineering technologies and principles. It can also be used as part of an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship.

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You can choose optional units to suit your chosen career path in mechanical manufacturing engineering. Subjects covered include:

  • Welding
  • Using Computer Aided Manufacturing Processes
  • Plant maintenance
  • Electronic circuits
  • Power supply.

You will learn in the classroom and in a work-based environment. Your assessments will be a mixture of practical assignments and written and on-line testing.

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of engineering roles including:

  • Engineering operative
  • Engineering maintenance technician
  • Foundry molder/Core maker
  • Mechanical engineering technician
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Toolmaker/Machine setter

Make it yours-Who is it for?

Anyone ages 16 or over, looking to start or progress their career in engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Programme Duration

Level 1………………….1 Academic Year (2 semesters)

Level 2………………….1 Academic Year (2 semesters)

Level 3……………………….1 Academic Year (2 semesters)

Entry Requirements

Certificate Level Applicants

There are no formal entry requirements for candidates undertaking these qualifications. Career Advancement Programme (CAP) applicants, ages 16- 19 will be subjected to a Math’s and English entry test. Applicants should also complete and submit a registration form with the required supporting documents stated on the application form.

Diploma Level Applicants

Applicants should possess a minimum four (4) CXC/ CAPE subjects, Math’s and English and any other related subjects OR a minimum of two (2) years’ work experience may also be considered. Applicants should also complete and submit a registration form with the required supporting documents stated on the application form. Applicants ages 16- 19 who do have the specified CXC/CAPE subjects may still be subjected to sit a Diagnostic Mathematics and English Test.

Why  choose IIRQ?


  • Flexible learning and assessment
  • Flexible payment schemes
  • Professional Atmosphere / environment
  • Qualified lectures
  • No strict Qualification entry requirements –experience is considered for entering