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Bridgwater College has a thriving Engineering department located in its flagship facility, the Energy Skills Centre, which was opened by the Secretary of State for Climate Change in January 2011.

Professional engineering staff and advanced modern facilities the Engineering department offer a comprehensive range of engineering training programmes from apprenticeships right through to HNCs/HNDs and degree-level programmes. The curriculum covers areas such as computer aided design, manufacturing and production technologies, electrical and electronic engineering, robotics and control engineering, mechanical, maintenance, welding and fabrication, aerospace or automotive. Short courses in lean, BIT, parametric solid modelling, welding, machining and CAD are also available.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

  • Higher Engineering Apprenticeships
  • Engineering Apprenticeships
  • Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeships
  • Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeships
  • Electrical & Electronic Control Engineering Apprenticeships
  • Operations & Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeships
  • Welding & Fabrication Apprenticeships
  • Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeships

The College has recently made substantial investment in the new engineering facilities based in the Energy Skills Centre. Students can take full advantage of the fully stocked and dedicated Laboratories with the latest Robotic, CAD/CAM, CNC, Materials, Pneumatic/Hydraulics, Programmable Logic Control, Electronics and Process Control Technology.

The Engineering Apprentice programmes are maintained and modernised annually to align with engineering industry demands. We work extensively with engineering companies in Somerset and the South West, with partners ranging from large international aerospace and energy businesses to multi-disciplinary SME manufacturing and production sectors. One recent partnership has been with Alstom, read the training opportunities here.

To demonstrate its commitment to the promotion of engineering training in the South West, Bridgwater College is delighted to be joining the Engineering Innovation Network–South West (EIN-SW) in supporting innovation for small to medium-sized companies (SMEs). As a leading training provider with an excellent reputation for providing business training solutions, we are delighted to be able to share our expertise in order to drive, develop and deliver business benefits to a wider range of engineering businesses, whilst giving our students some valuable industry experience

Alongside membership of the EIN-SW, the College is also now a partner of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded project and will be working alongside EIN-SW to develop engineering businesses in the South-West.