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Welcome to the challenging and exciting world of engineering! This
book has been written to help get you through six specialist units of the
revised BTEC National Certificate and Diploma awards in Engineering.
It provides the essential underpinning knowledge required of a student
who wishes to pursue a career in engineering.
The book has been written by a highly experienced further education
lecturer, who has over 30 years of practical teaching experience, with
contributions from specialist lecturers in Engineering Design and
Pneumatics and Hydraulics. Throughout the book I have adopted
a common format and approach with numerous student activities,
examples, end of chapter review questions and key points.
The BTEC National Certificate and National Diploma qualifications
have long been accepted by industry as appropriate qualifications for
those who are about to enter industry or who are receiving training at
the early stages of employment in industry. At the same time, these
qualifications have become increasingly acceptable as a means of
gaining entry into higher education.
BTEC National programmes in engineering attract a very large number
of registrations per annum such that there are in excess of 35,000
students currently studying these qualifications in the UK by both
part-time and full-time modes of study.
The BTEC National syllabus was recently reviewed and extensively
updated and new programmes have been launched with effect from
September 2007. The new scheme is likely to be adopted by all
institutions that currently offer the programme as well as a number of
others who will be offering BTEC qualifications for the first time.
Many organizations have contributed to the design of the new BTEC
National Engineering programme including the Qualifications and
Curriculum Authority (QCA), the Engineering Council and several
Sector Skills Councils (SSC).
The Engineering Council continues to view the BTEC National
Certificate/Diploma as a key qualification for the sector. They also
recognize that BTEC National qualifications are frequently used as
a means of entry to higher education courses, such as HNC/HND
programmes and Foundation Degree courses.