Accredited Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Courses (Karting & Bikes)

Our Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Courses use go-karts and bikes. The courses are designed as a pre-Vocational and Work Skills learning programme, providing a personalised curriculum to match fit the learner’s ’Spiky’ profile.

Employability & vocational skills

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Course using go-karts and bikes at The TechshopLearners at our mechanical engineering courses will be encouraged to work within small teams and carry out a schedule of workshop based practices leading to: the stripping and the rebuild of team Go-karts & individual mountain bikes.

Through this process the participants will learn about mechanical engineering principals & practices and gain an understanding of the various metallic and non-metallic materials used in the design of a Go-Kart and a Mountain Bike. Enabling the learners to work towards possible progression pathway (Engineering Diploma).

The Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Courses cover…

  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (The Techshop)Workshop based Health & Safety
  • Personal safety
  • Understanding materials used in engineering
  • Understanding The Internal Combustion Engine
  • Kart chassis design
  • Kart strip techniques
  • Kart rebuild techniques
  • Driving techniques (at Tilbury outdoor track)
  • Bike strip (personal project)
  • Bike rebuild (personal project)
  • Bike proficiency (in-house sessions followed by trips to Wanstead Flats/Epping Forest)

Portfolio & end-of-term learner reports

When they take part in one of our mechanical engineering courses, learners will be required to complete a portfolio of all their learning for the Certificate in Employability at L1 (ASDAN). This will be complimented with in-house end-of-term learner reports to help inform the learner’s Individual learning plan (ILP).

Units covered within the Certificate in Employability:

  1. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (The Techshop)Planning & reviewing learning
  2. Introduction to working with others
  3. Maintaining work standards
  4. Health & safety in the workplace
  5. Applying for a job
  6. Exploring job opportunities
  7. Tackling number problems
  8. Communicating with others at work

Outcome qualifications

Certificate in Employability L1/L2 and progression to Engineering Diploma. All units are based around the Foundation Learning credit framework:

  • Award L1: 8 Credits
  • Certificate L1: 13 Credits
  • Certificate L2: 13 Credits

Course details

  • Capacity: Up to 10 young people
  • Age group: 13+
  • Duration: 1 – 2 years
  • Course awarding body: ASDAN
  • Course recruitment: NAP Taster days
  • Session days: To be announced
  • Session times: 9.30am – 3.00pm