Fareham College has lodged a planning application to build a £12m centre in an enterprise zone.
It has already appointed regional contractor Leadbitter to build the Centre of Excellence for Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Technology (CEMAST) on the former Daedalus military airport, which is now an enterprise zone in Lee-on-Solent.
If approved, work is due to start this summer on an eight acres site bought from the Homes and Communities Agency, ahead of a planned opening in September 2014. The centre been designed by Perkins Ogden Architects.
CEMAST is intended to provide training in manufacturing skills with a focus on aeronautical, marine, electrical, automotive and mechanical engineering.
It is funded by grants of £3m each from the Skills Funding Agency, the Regional Growth Fund and Hampshire County Council.