Mechanical Program Outline

The SPSP Mechanical Program leads to certificates internationally accredited by PAA/VQ-SET, City & Guilds and ACCET. The program is designed to provide students with a balanced combination of engineering theory and practical hands-on experience. This will ensure that on completion of the Mechanical Program graduates will have the required job entry skills to work within the Petroleum Services industries. Each student will complete the Academic and PEO foundation training prior to covering the Mechanical Program.


  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (QCF)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Construction – Mechanical Fitting (QCF)
  • SPSP Diploma in Mechanical Technology


  • City & Guilds

On completion of the Mechanical program graduates will be able to:

  • Verify the weight of load and rig-up, lift and move unbalanced loads of 1 ton or less using statutory rigging and lifting regulations.
  • Correctly identify the main parts of a center lathe and state their function, and manufacture components from different materials within acceptable industry tolerances.
  • Correctly identify different gasket materials and be able to manufacture gaskets from those materials. Recognize gland packing and repack a gland box and follow manufacturer’s instructions to replace sealing devices.
  • Correctly identify different types of keys and manufacture a plain key, and identify different types of couplings and remove, inspect and refit a flanged coupling.

  • State the function of bushes and bearings used within rotating machinery and remove and replace bearings, and maintain associated lubrication systems.
  • Identify main types of valves used in industry and maintain those valves.
  • Correctly replace belt and chain drives on transmission systems, adjust fin fan blades on a hub and overhaul right-angle gearboxes.
  • Maintain centrifugal and reciprocating pumps and perform types of alignment including reverse alignment techniques.
  • Overhaul (dismantle, inspect, record data and reassemble) a reciprocating compressor.

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