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The Waid Academy

Engineering Science


Course Description  

The Engineering Science course provides an opportunity to further enhance the skills developed from the Engineering element of the S1/2 DET course.


The Course enables learners to develop a range of technological skills, including skills in analysis and problem solving, design skills, skills in the use of equipment and materials, and skills in evaluating products and systems. The Course also enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of key engineering concepts and processes, and the ability to apply these to a variety of problems; and an awareness of the impact of engineering on society and the environment. These skills, knowledge and awareness are developed through a range of contexts within the broad discipline of engineering, including mechanical, structural, pneumatic and electronic systems.


The aims of the course are to enable learners to: 


  • analyse engineering problems
  • design, develop, simulate, build and test solutions to engineering problems in a range of contexts
  • investigate some existing and emerging technologies
  • communicate basic engineering facts and ideas using appropriate terminology
  • develop an awareness of the main branches of engineering: electrical, mechanical, civil and chemical
  • develop a basic knowledge of the role and impact of engineering on society and the environment


Course Progression

The course will provide opportunities for progression in the senior phase of the school to study the following subjects;

  • National 5 – Engineering Science
  • Higher – Engineering Science


Career Opportunities

The course gives a good basis for any learner wishing to pursue a career in the following fields;

Industrial Design                               Surveying                                            Product Design

Building Technology                       Architecture                                       Electrical Trades

Computing Science                          Control Systems                               Security Systems

Telecommunications                      Civil Engineering                               Aircraft Engineering

Marine Engineering                         Energy Engineering                         Electronic Engineering

Auto Electrical Repair                     Materials Science                             Structural Engineering  

Electrical Engineering                     Naval Architecture                          Building Management

Landscape Architecture                 Railway Maintenance                     Offshore Engineering

Prosthetics and Orthotics             Gas Service Mechanics                   Mechanical Engineering

Manufacturing Systems                Engineering Technology                Environmental