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Why you should study Engineering

Engineering has forever been associated with Sheffield and its people, known for its cutting-edge technology and innovation.

Developing your knowledge and skills in our cutting edge Engineering workshops will allow you to pursue exciting careers, such as:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Design Engineer

“Working with CNC machines and learning how to set, operate and program them has been particularly useful to me. Using these facilities has made me more competent in the world of work.”

Freddie McDonnell, former Engineering Apprentice

Engineering is inventive, creative and ever-influenced by new technologies like VR, robotics and nanotechnologies.

We continue the tradition of developing high-skilled, innovative engineers in our workshops for careers in the development of aerospace technologies, the latest in low carbon and renewable energies, as well as looking into the modern day manufacture of materials such as steel.

Which programme is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your engineering career.

Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, or learn on-the-job with an Apprenticeship vacancy, or even choose one of our brand new T Levels, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 



T Levels are a brand-new 2-year qualification which can be studied after you finish school instead of A Levels, Apprenticeships or vocational study programmes.

T Levels have been created with top employers, and mix classroom learning and industry experience so that you get the skills and knowledge to help you progress into your dream career.

From September 2023 we will be offering the following Engineering T Levels:

University level courses

Looking to continue your engineering studies up to degree level? Our career-focused courses are just what you're looking for! Click on the links below to find out more:

Key skills you will learn

Depending on the course you choose, you might study a variety of key engineering principles, including how to produce engineering drawings, computer-aided design (CAD) and materials used within the engineering industry. All of our engineering courses have practical and theoretical units and you may be expected to undertake an engineering project as part of your final assessment.


Our students have fantastic opportunities to work and learn from some of the best employers in the region, including:

  • Coster Aerosols UK
  • Forgemasters
  • Northern Powergrid
  • Work-Wise


At The Sheffield College, we pride ourselves on our links with high-profile employers. The engineering department works closely with companies such as Liberty Specialist Steels and Sheffield Forgemasters which allows us to bring in visiting guest lecturers, get employer input and feedback on assignments and projects, and also provides an opportunity for our students to visit external companies so that they can see how the skills they're learning in the classroom are translated into the workplace.


Our engineering courses are housed at our Olive Grove Campus, which we’ve recently invested nearly £7 million in. This means that we can provide you with workshops and teaching facilities that rival the biggest companies as well as all the latest equipment that you’d find in workshops around the world.

Olive Grove houses our automotive and motor vehicle suites, plumbing workshops and engineering classrooms and workshops. It also has a canteen and Learning Resource Centre on site, so you don't have to go far to get your lunch or your textbooks!





What can I do once I finish my studies?

The engineering sector is a huge employer, both regionally and nationally, so you should be well placed to find a job once you finish your journey with us. There are set to be an increase of 100 jobs by 2026 in the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority alone.


Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our experienced Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial and informed careers guidance going.

We want your experience to be as enjoyable as possible. We don’t think you should have to worry about much other than concentrating on having a great time and doing well on your course.That’s why we have a fantastic Student Support Team, who are always on hand to help you with any questions, concerns, or problems that you might face whilst at college, including study support, finances, childcare, and mental health and well-being.

Example careers

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Production Managers and Directors in Manufacturing

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Mechanical Engineers

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Electrical Engineers

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What Courses are available

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Olive Grove Campus
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