The Technical Academy is a state-of-the-art facility on the Southwest Industrial Estate of Peterlee Business Park. 37,000 square feet in side, the Technical Academy is designed to simulate a realistic working environment for students studying engineering, motor vehicle, plumbing & heating engineering or electrical.
The TA is packed full of the latest equipment and facilities for our students, including a new hybrid and electric vehicle suite, state-of-the-art engineering workshop and IT facilities, plumbing and heating renewable energy suite and a dedicated workshop for electrical students.
Students at the Academy are taught by the very best; we employ a team of highly-skilled lecturers and technicians with years of experience in industry, ensuring every student through the TA’s doors leaves with the right skills, professional manner and abilities to succeed in the world of work.
The Technical Academy is continuously building important partnerships with leading construction and engineering companies in our local region, including Pulman, Caterpillar, Bosch and Baxi. Our partners play a vital role in ensuring that we provide the best training, using the latest products and techniques.
Courses Available at the Technical Academy
At the Technical Academy we offer a selection of carefully-selected course programmes, each of which benefits from its own specialist areas where learners will be studying and learning their trade.
Without further ado, here's everything available at the Technical Academy.
Electricians are always in huge demand. Whether you're working in domestic households fixing electrical problems, involved with construction firms building new homes and other buildings or even specialising in renewable energy, the demand for experienced electricians is huge.
With our electrical course at the Technical Academy, you'll be learning from time-served, highly-experienced electricians who are there to teach you everything you need to know to start your career as an electrician.
You'll also get to take advantage of our great facilities too. The Technical Academy is home to its own electrical workshop, which is full of specialist bays with circuitry and wiring for you to complete your practical work.
Based around both mathematics and science, engineering is the art of creating objects from scratch.
Under the tutelage of highly experienced engineers, you'll learn the theory behind engineering - creating drawings, CAD and CAM etc - as well as complete practical work in our dedicated engineering workshops at the Technical Academy.
The engineering department at the Technical academy includes the highest standards of equipment and facilities; the college has recently spent over £100k on the department and installed a full suite of Lathes, a Vertical Milling Machine and industry-standard welding equipment, all of which you'll use during your course.
As part of the North East Institute of Technology, East Durham College has also expanded its facilities to include an additional engineering suite. This new space includes a large working area for our students, advanced computer equipment, virtual factory environments and a large suite of other associated engineering machinery.
Motor Vehicle Maintenance
If you love all things to do with cars and vehicles, this is the course for you!
This is a highly practical course where you'll be learning in our specialist motor vehicle workshop, designed to perfectly replicate the exact working conditions you'd be in if you were actually working in the industry.
Our Technical Academy also now houses a brand new hybrid and electric vehicle suite, made in partnership with the North East Institute of Technology. This specialist area is home to large-size hybrid and electric training rigs which perfectly replicate what vehicles with this technology look like, ensuring that when you leave us, you're ready for the future of the motoring industry.
Plumbing & Heating Engineering
Train to be a professional plumbing and heating technician with the Technical Academy!
For those taking a plumbing course at EDC, you'll be spoilt for choice with our facilities. Our dedicated plumbing workshop has loads of space for working, with bathroom and other setups, and thanks to investment from the North East Institute of Technology, we also have brand new renewable technology suites so you're learning the latest techniques using the very latest technology.
Whether you want to start your own business fitting bathrooms suites or repairing and maintaining plumbing systems or working on construction sites installing plumbing and heating systems in new build properties or working in the commercial plumbing sector installing and maintaining large and complex plumbing and heating systems in offices, shops and public buildings, our courses provide the gateway to your future career as a professional plumbing and heating engineer.