Engineering and Motor Vehicle



Over four Colleges, the Engineering department offers disciplines in Mechanical, Maintenance, Fabrication and Welding, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Electronics, Motor Vehicle, Vehicle body and Repair and Refinishing.

The department provides full- and part-time programmes of study designed to meet the needs of employers within Wales, the UK and overseas. All qualifications offered are nationally recognised and will enhance students’ prospects of graduating into employment within their chosen Engineering discipline.

The department’s professional and highly qualified staff deliver excellent teaching and strive to develop the next generation of engineers, regardless of discipline or direction they choose. Building on invaluable industry experience, the staff ensure all students have the best opportunity to enhance their skills and qualifications.


Our purpose-built industry-specification workshops and classrooms house state-of-the-art engineering equipment and computers. Workshops contain manual lathes, milling machines and engineering benches, while separate specialised workshops and classrooms contain Haas advanced Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines and Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printing technology. The Hydraulics and Pneumatics/Electro-Pneumatics workshop houses vital industry-standard test rigs.

Fabrication and Welding

Our industrial specification purpose built fabrication and welding workshops house high-quality equipment, covering all aspects of welding applications including Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), Manual Metal Arc (MMA), and Destructive and Non-destructive testing (DT/NDT) CNC Plasma machine.

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Motor Vehicle Academy & Vehicle Body and Repair and Refinishing

The Engineering department boasts a prestigious state-of-the-art Motor Vehicle Academy, sponsored and promoted by Snap-On Tools. We have recently launched a new vehicle body repair workshop at Pontardawe College with state-of-the-art spray booth with a paint mixing room, wheel refurbishment booth and a high-intensity heating bay.


The Engineering department’s electronics laboratories, classrooms and computer rooms contain state-of-the-art resources to support all students progressing within this discipline.

Courses and Academic Excellence

The Engineering department offers programmes of study that aid progression into Apprenticeships or University from entry level through to Higher Education HNC/HND with formal entry requirements for every level. Applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to study and will be interviewed for suitability by the Course Coordinator.

The Engineering department has been very successful in the Welsh and World Skills competitions. All areas of Engineering are fully represented in these competitions.

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Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering
C & G Level 2 Certificate in Welding
C & G Level 3 Certificate in Welding
City & Guilds VRQ Level 1 Vehicle Fitting (Light Vehicle Tyres) 4270-11
City & Guilds VRQ Level 2 in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (4290-12)
City & Guilds VRQ Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (4270-12)
City & Guilds VRQ Level 3 in Vechicle Maintenance & Repair (4290-13)
City & Guilds VRQ Level 3 in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (4270-13)
City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma / Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
City and Guilds VRQ Level 1 Vehicle Fitting (Light Vehicle Tyres) 4290-11
Determining the Business Benefits of Using Drones
EAL Advanced Diploma in Engineering and Technology Maintenance Competences (VRQ3)
EAL Advanced Diploma in Engineering and Technology Mechanical Production Competences (VRQ3)
Electronic & Electrical Engineering – HNC
Electronic & Electrical Engineering – HND
General Engineering – HNC
General Engineering – HND
IMI Level 1 Diploma in Transport Maintenance
IMI Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair
Introduction to Aerial Imagery using Drones
Introduction to Engineering Skills
Level 3 Diploma In Engineering (Enhanced Engineering Programme)
Level 3 Diploma in Engineering and Technologies (VRQ)
Maintenance Enhanced Learning Programme Level 2
Mechanical Engineering – HNC
Mechanical Engineering – HND
Mechanical Enhanced Learning Programme Level 2
National Diploma in Engineering
Performing Engineering Operations /  Fabrication & Welding Level 2 & 3 
Performing Engineering Operations Level 1
Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 Maintenance
Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 Mechanical