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Engineering & Electronics

Signal 1's Skills Showdown - Engineering

Engineering & Electronics

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The engineering courses have a large industrial base and there are plenty of different types of businesses that require people with a variety of knowledge and skills. These include welding, fabrication, machining, maintenance, manufacturing, engineering, electronics and control systems and design and computer-aided modelling.

Students taking engineering courses at Stoke on Trent College have access to well-equipped facilities that provide realistic industrial training, good assessment environments and activities. Engineering resources have recently been updated to the latest industry standards and include new equipment such as lathes, milling machines, pillar drills, CNC machine, welding and fabrication equipment, plasma cutter, hydraulic and pneumatic training equipment. Experienced tutors from industry provide you with the skills and support you need to succeed and this is combined with excellent links with employers in the field.

Best of all, our engineering programmes benefit from being taught in the brand new Technology Hub, which opened in September 2015.


  • 82,000 engineers, scientists and technologists need to be recruited and trained by 2017
  • The UK is ranked as 9th in global manufacturing output
  • Manufacturing is one of the UK’s largest sectors, after business services and the wholesale/retail sector
  • Manufacturing has been valued at 46% (£225 billion) of all UK exports
  • Manufacturing is worth £154 billion to the UK economy (i.e. 16%)
  • Manufacturing has accounted for 20% of growth since the recession ended in 2009
  • 72% of the UK’s Research and Development was carried out by the manufacturing sector
  • Manufacturing currently employs around 2.6 million people in the UK (circa 10% of total UK employment)


  • Avionics Instrument
  • Calibration Technician
  • CAD Operator or Cutter
  • Electrician/Electronic Technician
  • Electronics Service Representative
  • Engineering Fitter Technician
  • Jig Welder
  • Line Maintenance Fitter
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Manufacturing Calibration
  • Control Technician
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Production CAD Programmer
  • Production Control
  • Operator or Planner
  • Production
  • Fabricator Technician
  • Production Process
  • Control Operator
  • Quality Control Operator
  • Welder/Fabricator
Krishna Katwa

Krishna joined JCB Government and Defence as an Apprentice and has developed a wide variety of skills, knowledge and training.

Krishna said: "I chose to start an Apprenticeship with JCB as I felt that going to university wouldn't offer me the same opportunities an Apprenticeship would. I have been able to gain hands-on experience and learn within the trade from a young age.

I have found that the college based learning part of the qualification provides me with a great foundation for my day-to-day work at JCB.  I have met lots of different and interesting people which has helped build my confidence and I feel I am a valued member of the department.

My end goal is to become a Chartered Engineer and look at the possibilities of becoming a Design Engineer."

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