Performing Engineering Operations SVQ2

What is special about this course?

This course is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a career in the Engineering industry and is a natural progression route from the NC Engineering Award.

The SVQ level 2 award is a mandatory element of the Modern Apprenticeship Engineering Framework.

The course is made up of two major elements:

  1. Wide range of workshop based activities designed to meet the needs of the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Performing Engineering Operations Level II Award

  2. SQA units which develop an excellent underpinning knowledge in conjunction with the SVQ Level II Award.

This course gives the student an excellent integrated qualification and training to industry standard drawing on and developing previous knowledge gained on the NC programme.

Entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have achieved an NC Engineering level 5 award.

SVQ Level 2 Modules

  • PE02/001 Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements

  • PE02/002 Working efficiently and effectively in engineering

  • PE02/003 Using and communicating technical information

  • PE02/004 Producing mechanical engineering drawings using a CAD system

  • PE02/023 Producing platework components and assemblies

  • PE02/024 Cutting and shaping materials using thermal cutting equipment

  • PE02/027 Preparing and using manual metal arc welding equipment

  • PE02/067 General electrical and electronic engineering applications

Opportunity for work placement


Personal Protective equipment for workshop-based activities will be supplied by the college.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Classroom & Workshop based

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)
    • Employers Premises

    Please note, UHI Outer Hebrides will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date



Please contact for further information on fees and funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study opportunities

  • NC Engineering (Level 6) Fabrication and Welding

Career opportunities

  • Apprenticeships in Engineering

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After gaining the NC award, I was accepted on to the SVQ Level II course (Performing Engineering Operations) and absolutely loved attending college. This course was more challenging as students are given more responsibility for their learning by completing a portfolio of all practical projects and questions for each unit. As part of the engineering department mentoring programme, our class helped the new NC class in the workshop which I really enjoyed.

SVQ Level II (Performing Engineering Operations) is a nationally accredited award, it gives students the opportunity to develop and broaden their practical engineering and core skills while gaining mandatory elements of a Modern Apprenticeship.

Alasdair Macdonald (Course Leader)

Apply for Performing Engineering Operations SVQ2

I want to start in 2023/24

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. Please note, UHI Outer Hebrides will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study. UHI Outer Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.