Construction & Engineering

From the foundations of a building to the finishing paintwork on a brand new vehicle, the construction and automotive world has a massive impact on literally everything around us. Better still, the subjects are so diverse that, wherever your skills lie, you'll find an exciting and rewarding career path you'll love.

These exciting industries are constantly growing too, with a number of huge construction projects planned in Greater Manchester over the coming years, vehicle technologies always innovating, and an estimated 13,000 new jobs by 2020. So whether you want to learn plastering or joinery, build walls or fix cars, manage building sites or develop advanced driving skills, you've come to right place.

  • Our construction and automotive training areas are some of the most technologically advanced centres in the north west. You'll be working in fully simulated working environments with industry-standard equipment, including state-of-the-art training vehicles, the most efficient tools, and the latest developments in software and science.

    You’ll benefit from a 4500 square metre automotive facility and 25 specialist construction workshops, including bespoke areas for scaffolding, refrigeration and fire sprinkler installation. We’re one of only a few colleges to have a bespoke auto-electrical lab for teaching specific auto-electrics and the only learning provider in England working directly with the fire sprinkler industry.

  • Alongside the opportunity to learn all the relevant skills you’ll need for a successful career in our cutting-edge facilities, you’ll be studying and practising in a department that has an excellent reputation in the industry. Our automotive sector has a Training Quality Standard (TQS) Part B certification for our industry expertise, and our construction team have worked with the BBC on their DIY SOS Big Build to create a veteran village in east Manchester.

    With our staff often delivering training programmes at the facilities of national companies, you’ll also benefit from real-world connections and employer placements, including working relationships with Ford, Jaguar, Tetrosyl and Calor Gas for the automotive sector, and Bardsley, ISG Construction and Eastland Homes in the construction sector.

  • Our diverse range of courses in construction and automotive 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.  We even offer the industry-recognised IMI accreditation.


  • 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 interested in fixing and maintaining vehicles, you’ll be based at Openshaw too. We also teach some construction courses at our Wythenshawe Campus.

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Available Courses

Transport Maintenance

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

Vehicle technicians, mechanics & electricians

Average salary: £29k

Elementary construction occupations

Average salary: £25k

Carpenters & joiners

Average salary: £30k

Electricians & electrical fitters

Average salary: £35k

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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