We are partnered with manufacturing giants Nissan, Mitsubushi and SEStran to place us at the forefront of technology with our own fleet of electric vehicles. In addition, the college has teamed up with Transport Scotland and The Energy Saving Trust to expand electric charge point provisions in our local areas. This presents fantastic opportunities throughout your training to ensure you are kept up-to-date with key manufacture vehicle information and gather data on performance and cost effectiveness along with our staff research.
Electrical workshops and a newly established electrical laboratory enables the team to deliver an interactive and practical element to all aspects of the electrical curriculum.
Edinburgh College has developed an excellent reputation for quality engineering training. The modern purpose built facilities include:
Scotland’s first Solar Meadow Teaching Centre. The Solar Meadow with over 2,500 photovoltaic panels is the first teaching project of its kind in Scotland that will help not only provide the next generation of engineers to develop essential skills for the growing renewable energy sector, but also allow the College to become less self-sufficient on more traditional forms of energy such as fossil fuels.
Developed by SSE Energy Projects, the Solar Meadow site works effectively as an outdoor classroom. The site will allow you to analyse the interaction between biodiversity and solar technology, as well as monitor and assess the operation and performance of solar panels.
Outdoor oil test rig and simulator and PLC Lab
The MacTaggart Scott Hydraulics, Pneumatics and PLC Laboratory. Located at our Midlothian campus provides a professional training facility to develop engineering skills. Used to train MacTaggart Scott apprentices and staff, and used by our Engineering students to build on their hydraulic and pneumatic skills.
The next phase of equipment to be installed in the laboratory will include wave and tidal simulators, which will recreate North Sea conditions, suitable for testing wave and tidal technology in the confines of a laboratory. Access to this technology will allow our students to develop crucial skills in wave and tidal energy. Many of them will then go on to be employed in Scotland’s renewable industries with companies such as MacTaggart Scott. This lab space also includes 3D modelling equipment.
Our Science department boasts substantial laboratory provision which allows for practical activities to be undertaken in all scientific fields. There is also the opportunity to become involved in the STEM ambassador programme and obtain additional UCAS points through the CREST awards programme.