Construction & Engineering

Step into the working world of construction and engineering and you’ll see well-equipped, safe buildings - old and new - surrounded by well-planned green spaces. Nuts, bolts and circuit breakers have been given the care and attention they need so that everything runs smoothly - from operating theatres to Pokemon GO.

These exciting industries are constantly growing, with a number of huge construction projects planned in Greater Manchester over the coming years and an estimated 13,000 new jobs by 2020. So whether you want to be a plumber, electrical or electronics engineer; or design machines, systems or cities, you've come to the right place.

  • Our construction and engineering training centres are some of the most technologically advanced in the north west. You'll be working in fully simulated working environments with industry-standard equipment. We have 25 specialist construction workshops, including bespoke areas for scaffolding, refrigeration and fire sprinkler installation. We’re the only learning provider in England working directly with the fire sprinkler industry.

  • You’ll be studying and practising in a department that has an excellent reputation in the industry. For example, our construction team have worked with the BBC's DIY SOS Big Build to create a veterans' village in east Manchester and we’re an academic partner to the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).

    Our staff often deliver training programmes at the facilities of national companies, so you’ll benefit from real-world connections and employer placements, including working relationships with Bardsley, ISG Construction and Eastland Homes.

  • Our diverse range of courses in construction and engineering skills can take you from an introduction to the subject and beginner level tasks, right through to advanced degree-level abilities. You can focus on short courses to improve certain areas of your knowledge, or study comprehensive diplomas in a specialist discipline.

  • If construction is your focus, you’ll find most of our courses at our specialist training centre, Welcomb Street Campus, right next to our Openshaw Campus. If you’re looking for our engineering facilities you’ll find them at our Openshaw Campus. For an A level in electronics or an Access to HE course in engineering, you’ll find yourself in the city centre at our Shena Simon Campus or Centre of Excellence for Medical Sciences.

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Available Courses

Construction Skills

Level 1

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Carpentry and Joinery

Level 3

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Computer Aided Design 3D - Parametric Design

Level 2

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Top Careers Opportunities

Elementary construction occupations

Average salary: £25k

Carpenters & joiners

Average salary: £30k

Electricians & electrical fitters

Average salary: £35k

Electronics engineer

Average salary: £43k

I came to The Manchester College after moving to Manchester from London. I was really keen to take a practical course and I really enjoyed joinery at school. The carpentry and joinery course I completed was a great step towards my career.

Cloe O'Flaherty • Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery

I’ve enjoyed my time at The Manchester College. My tutors have been helpful and supportive and as well as gaining qualifications to Level Three, I have also managed to get my CSCS card.

Patrick Simon Gallagher • Level One Site Carpentry

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