The Critical Engineer


Manufacturing 4.0 is delivering a digital transformation across Scottish manufacturing.

It is as much a cultural, as a technological revolution: the small and medium enterprises who will thrive in this world of exponential change, will be those that cultivate highly agile and collaborative work cultures.

The Critical Engineer is a new approach to work-based learning. If you are a small or medium enterprise seeking to modernise, our FREE courses will help you to develop a culture of innovation and develop the skills and confidence of your employees, so that your company can be part of Scotland’s advanced manufacturing future.

With funding from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Renfrewshire Council, we are offering a suite of Manufacturing 4.0 training courses in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Robotics and Automation.

Our courses will enable your business to take the first step on your Manufacturing 4.0 transformation journey.


  • Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Lathe

  • Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling

  • Application of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Pneumatic Control Systems (PLCs), utilising Modular Training Benches


  • Control & Instrumentation Process Rigs with Sensor Technology

  • Robotics

Learn practical application and solutions from our Training experts, your SME to better prepare for Manufacturing 4.0

Gain actionable insights and practical solutions that will equip you and your workforce with the culture, skills and partnerships required for your business to thrive and grow.

To learn more about The Critical Engineer concept and events from West College Scotland’s, Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund 4.0 project lead, Robert Marshall