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Engineering, Manufacturing and Automotive

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

Top Quality Facilities

Equipped with the latest diagnostic tools, specialized equipment, and a team of experienced lecturers, our Motor Vehicle workshop is the hub of practical education.

You will gain invaluable experience in vehicle maintenance, repair, and diagnostics, allowing you to apply your workshop knowledge to real-world situations.

Whether it’s learning to fine-tune engines or troubleshoot complex electrical systems, our workshop provides a dynamic and interactive environment that empowers students to become skilled and confident automotive professionals.

Trade Fair encourages students to think to the future

19 February 2024
Students at EKC Canterbury College got a close-up look at potential career opportunities at the Engineering and Automotive Trade Fair.

Get access to top employers

Our links with top companies mean that you can develop the skills you need to succeed. Not only this, you will be able to take part in real-life projects and be inspired by those who are currently working in the industry.

Some of the employers we work with include Port of Dover, Breheny Civil Engineering, Autotech Academy and Barretts Kent.

Use our Green Engineering Centre and Mechatronic Lab

A new learning zone designed to futureproof learners and train businesses how to use emerging technologies.

Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment including four KUKA robot arms, manufacturing simulation systems, 3D printers, lathes and milling machinery.

Engineering students working on an electrical board

Next level learning

Take your learning to the next level with one of our T Levels in Automotive or Engineering, and learn the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of industries.

As part of their Community Week project, Automotive students assisted in planting and maintaining trees with the Thanet Trees and Woods Initiative.

Volunteering within the community

Students visited Barham C of E Primary School to talk to the children about the world of Engineering, the types of jobs they can go into as well as showing them how a 3D printer works.

Students visit to primary school

Welding students got into the Christmas spirit by welding their own decorations, creating a variety of festive shapes including stars, trees and snowflakes.

Students make decorations

Career prospects

Engineering Technician
Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.
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How you apply for a course at Canterbury College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our courses online and see what we offer.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply via our website and online application portal.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come along to an applicant day and see our facilities, meet our team and see which of our courses are right for you.

A Win for Female Apprentice!

Automotive Apprentice, Holly Darvell has been awarded IMI’s Apprentice of the Year Award. Holly works for Halfords, who shortlisted her from 120 Apprentices after completing an online test to participate in the Halford’s Apprentice of the Year 2023, where she went on to win 1st place.

“It’s very interesting to see the inner workings of a vehicle. It’s great to have a wide variety of advanced equipment to use. It’s really enriching to be able to do what you love in a safe space”.

Lewis Jennings
Automotive Level 3

“I like that when I’m at College I’m learning the same skills as I’m learning in my apprenticeship, allowing me to develop my skills more efficiently. College has prepared me well and I will be able to implement my skills in the workplace. My course has got me ready for work life.”

Liam Harkett
Engineering Apprentice

“We are always learning from our tutors and each other as there are people with different experiences and a variety of different ages. We are given access to plenty of materials and gasses to use, and the facilities are great as we each have our own bay to use.”

Connor Robinson
Welding Level 2

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.