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Engineering Hub

Our Engineering Hub at EKC Ashford College is part of our new Phase 2 Development.

This space allows students to learn cutting edge skills in Manufacturing, Engineering and a wide range of areas in the industry.

The Engineering Hub can be found on the College’s ground floor.

What the Engineering Hub offers

Thanks to investment made over the past 12 months, and through the Government’s SDF (Strategic Development Fund), we have a wide range of machines and equipment including:

  • CNC (Computer numerical control) Machines
  • Kuka Robots
  • Turning centres
  • Ladle machines
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) suite
  • Engineering Workshops
  • Staff with years of industry experience and expertise

You can explore more of our facilities at any of our upcoming Open Days.

Engineering workshop

Engineering, Manufacturing and Automotive courses

Whether you’re fascinated by the intricate workings of machines or aspire to become an engineer of the future, our courses provide the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in this dynamic industry.

From studying a Level 2 in Engineering to progressing all the way to University Level, EKC Ashford College has a course for you.

Engineering student using equipment

Meet Momodou – Deputy Head of Engineering

Momodou S Ceesay, Deputy Head of Engineering speaks on our blog about his new role, his background and his interest in STEM.

He has been instrumental in helping link the Formula One in Schools project to our students and is working hard to ensure our students leave with the best skills possible.

Phase 2 launched by Damian Green MP

Damian Green MP attended the Colleges’ launch event of Phase 2 and was guest of honour at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. During his speech, he emphasized just how this development crucial need for such expansions to support the town’s growth and ensure a steady supply of highly skilled workers.

He said: “The building has already got a lot of very modern top-of-the-range kit and hopefully, it will produce very modern, top-of-the-range workers. Local businesses will be able to find on their doorstep, people they want to employ.”

Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control T Level

Designed by industry leaders, the T Level combines hands-on learning, academic study and a 45-day work experience placement with a local employer.

Students develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the sector, and are provided with the cutting-edge skills, knowledge and experiences they need to start their journey.

Our Engineering T Level takes place predominantly in the Engineering Hub, making the most of our new technology and facilities here at EKC Ashford College.

Students who successfully pass their  T Level have a range of progression opportunities available to them. These include, entering skilled employment, starting a higher-level apprenticeship, and going to university.

Engineering student using equipment
Engineering student using equipment

HNC Engineering

Our HNC (Higher National Certificate) courses allow you to study at University Level, with our specialist facilities and reduced fees.

EKC Ashford College offers three HNC’s, focused on Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering and Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

We work collaboratively with our education partners and employers to deliver a range of courses that are validated and certified by some of the UK’s leading institutions.

“The things I enjoy most about studying here are the practical elements.

We actually get to build all the different types of circuits that we learn about as well as an in-depth look at the theory side of things.”

HNC Electronic and Electrical Engineering student

We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.