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Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:39 pm PostPost subject: Courses
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Right, i was wanting to extend my mechanical knowledge with being in constuction an also being self employed i'm pretty basic to say the least.
I have a masive interest in working on engine's and was wanting to learn a bit more, i have my 309 which i have a turbo engine sitting on a pallet on the moment which i would like to rebuild in my spare time and convert into the car.

What it i'm looking for is some type of courses around aberdeen concentrating on the mechanicals of engines and it has to be something i can go to because if i try to do some kind of home type of open learning i'll put off and never get round to finishing it.I would like if possible to be as hands on as possible so if anyone can point me in the right direction i'll be massivley thankfull.
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I'd be interested to see your response as I've always wanted to do the same.
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Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:45 pm PostPost subject:
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I'm sure Aberdeen College (Gallowgate) used to do evening classes for mech engineering. Its something i've considered in the past but never got round to doing (whilst living in Edinburgh).

My only concerns with college courses is how basic will they be?! I'd need to get a run down of full course content before paying Laughing

I'll have a search for Aberdeen College courses
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Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:46 pm PostPost subject:
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Fast reply indeed just getting to the point where reading is'nt enough without putting it into practice.
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Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:49 pm PostPost subject:
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I have looked into aberdeen colledge which does a HNC in mechanical engineering which is around 350 for two nights a week course with out knowing how long the course would last. I have the number and i will call tomorrow to get more details.
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Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:51 pm PostPost subject:
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just looked on their site and couldnt see anything saying what was in the course!

https://www.abcol.ac.uk/ptpay/pt_coursedetails.cfm?ref=A2CH-E082B
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Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:28 pm PostPost subject:
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I got an HNC and then an HND in Mechanical & Production Engineering.

I was at Napier in Edinburgh, and it was a few years ago when I left school.
It was part of an aircraft engineering apprenticeship, but it had absolutely nothing to do with stripping down and building engines. Sad

It was all maths, technical drawing, cadcam, physics, etc. Not what your looking for if it's the same as mine was.

My local college used to do courses in car mechanics and car body repairs.
It was all hand-on and course works, no exams but a certificate at the end of it that showed you knew a spanner from a hammer.

That's more what your looking for.
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Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:55 am PostPost subject:
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Thats exactly along the lines of what i was thinking..........the hands on type of course is definately what i would like to do.I don't really want to get into the physics of things even though i consider myself moderatley intelegent Laughing just would'nt like to learn something i would'nt probably use but if came with the course i won't rule it out.
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DavieR wrote:
I got an HNC and then an HND in Mechanical & Production Engineering.

it had absolutely nothing to do with stripping down and building engines. :
It was all maths, technical drawing, cadcam, physics, etc. Not what your looking for if it's the same as mine was.

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Agreed, I did a BSc In Engineering a few years ago at Abertay. It was based around the Business of the sponsor companies, so kind of like above. You are probably looking at an evening course in a smaller college.
Something like Angus Technical College.
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What about finding a local garage thats open on your day off and asking to lend a hand? Its free and you will learn more, unless your looking for the bit of paper?

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Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:01 pm PostPost subject:
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not many garages would allow that these days unless you were friends with the ower. Too much worrying about law, them sueing you (garage owner) if he has an accident etc.
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I have a few friends with garages that would help, just a bit of a commute!
I think if you asked to helpout, start making tea etc and have a bit of a brain you might be surprised at the fact they would welcome you. Gets a part time apprentice that they dont have to pay.

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My local garage does something similar for kids at school.

Takes them on for a Saturday morning. It teaches them the basics, and if they're interested enough and show a bit of skill, he offers them an apprenticeship. He's done that with 3 or 4 now.

Good idea, but you need to be 16 or so.
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