The Certificate III in Engineering allows students to enter the shipping and mining industries as a fabrication tradesperson with CAD drafting skills.
This course is an Australian Apprenticeship, combining paid work with training. Mature age people can also apply for apprenticeships.
The Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade is a part-time course spanning 3 years, offered at our Broadmeadows and Richmond campuses within our dedicated training facilities, comprising of new and modern machinery, ensuring what you learn on campus reflects industry standards. As a large educational provider, our students also have access to a wide range of student support services and resources such as the Library and Learning Centre as well as our very own Employment Centre to ensure that your study experience is a positive one.
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|Module Code||Module Title||Nominal Hours
|MEM05005B||Carry Out Mechanical Cutting||20
|MEM11.11B||UNDERTAKE MANUAL HANDLING||20
|MEM12.23A||PERFORM ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS||30
|MEM12.7C||MARK OFF/OUT STRUCTURAL FABRICATIONS AND SHAPES||80
|MEM13.14B||APPLY PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT||10
|MEM13.3B||WORK SAFELY WITH INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS||20
|MEM14.4A||PLAN TO UNDERTAKE A ROUTINE TASK||10
|MEM14.5A||PLAN A COMPLETE ACTIVITY||20
|MEM15.24A||APPLY QUALITY PROCEDURES||10
|MEM15.2A||APPLY QUALITY SYSTEMS||20
|MEM16.6A||ORGANISE AND COMMUNICATE INFORMATION||20
|MEM16.7A||WORK WITH OTHERS IN A MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING OR RELATED ENVIRONMENT||10
|MEM16.8A||INTERACT WITH COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY||20
|MEM17.3A||ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF ON THE JOB TRAINING||20
|MEM18.1C||USE HAND TOOLS||20
|MEM18.2B||USE POWER TOOLS/HAND HELD OPERATIONS||20
|MEM3.3B||PERFORM SHEET AND PLATE ASSEMBLY||40
|MEM30.12A||APPLY MATHEMATICAL TECHNIQUES IN A MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING OR RELATED ENVIRONMENT||40
|MEM5.10B||APPLY FABRICATION, FORMING AND SHAPING TECHNIQUES||80
|MEM5.11C||ASSEMBLE FABRICATED COMPONENTS||80
|MEM5.12C||PERFORM ROUTINE MANUAL METAL ARC WELDING||20
|MEM5.15C||WELD USING MANUAL METAL ARC WELDING PROCESS||40
|MEM5.17C||WELD USING GAS METAL ARC WELDING PROCESS||40
|MEM5.19C||WELD USING GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING PROCESS||40
|MEM5.37B||PERFORM GEOMETRIC DEVELOPMENT||60
|MEM5.38B||PERFORM ADVANCED GEOMETRIC DEVELOPMENT - CYLINDRICAL/RECTANGULAR||20
|MEM5.39B||PERFORM ADVANCED GEOMETRIC DEVELOPMENT - CONICAL||20
|MEM5.40B||PERFORM ADVANCED GEOMETRIC DEVELOPMENT - TRANSITIONS||40
|MEM5.49B||PERFORM ROUTINE GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING||20
|MEM5.4C||PERFORM ROUTINE OXY ACETYLENE WELDING||20
|MEM5.50B||PERFORM ROUTINE GAS METAL ARC WELDING||20
|MEM5.51A||SELECT WELDING PROCESSES||20
|MEM5.52A||APPLY SAFE WELDING PRACTICES||40
|MEM5.5B||CARRY OUT MECHANICAL CUTTING||20
|MEM5.7C||PERFORM MANUAL HEATING AND THERMAL CUTTING||20
|MEM6.7B||PERFORM BASIC INCIDENTAL HEAT/QUENCHING, TEMPERING AND ANNEALING||20
|MEM7.32B||USE WORKSHOP MACHINES FOR BASIC OPERATIONS||20
|MEM7.5B||PERFORM GENERAL MACHINING||80
|MEM9.2B||INTERPRET TECHNICAL DRAWING||40
How will I be assessed?
You will need to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. You may be assessed by a combination of written assignments or tests, oral tests and practical assessments in class, or at work. You will be advised in advance about the type of assessment and the how it will operate. If required, you will have the chance for reassessment and appeal.
What will I study?
An apprenticeship is a work-based training program involving completion of competency units amounting to 100 points.
There are a number of standard core competencies to be completed but most competencies are chosen to suit the type of employment.
The available competencies are listed in the Industry Handbook for the Metal and Engineering Training Package.
Students cover units in:
For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.
For Business and Industry
We offer our business and industry clients customised workforce training, flexible delivery (when and where it suits you) and onsite assessments.
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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!
You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!
The fees listed below relate to 2019 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.
Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.
Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).
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# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.
Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee.
2019 Student Services Fee (Table 3)
|| Type of cohort:
||Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours)
||Non eligible/FFS full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours)
||Special cohort classes:
- Concession card holders
- Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
- Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
|Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
|Domestic student services fees for 2019:
||$0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total
||$0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total
||$60 fixed fee
The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
student contact hours
Government Subsidised $/SCH
Indigenous Concession $/SCH
Full fee $/SCH
^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.
*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2019. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.
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What costs and other fees should I expect?
Call the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email email@example.com for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.
Can I apply?
To start an apprenticeship, you need to find a job as an apprentice and sign a training contract with your employer. (Year 11 or Year 12 is usually an advantage).
Where and how can I study?
The sheetmetal stream is offered at the Richmond campus. Night classes are held one night per week to help students catch up if they need it. The heavy fabrication stream is available at the Broadmeadows campus. You will undertake the equivalent of one day training per week at TAFE as part of your job. The fourth year is usually spent entirely on the job.
What employment opportunities will I have?
This course may lead to work in the shipping and mining industries. A fabrication tradesperson is engaged in marking out, fabrication and welding.
What skills will I have when I complete this course?
You will be recognised by the industry as a qualified tradesperson. From there your career can take off in any number of directions.
What qualifications will I receive?
When you successfully complete this course you will be awarded the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade. As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework, this program is nationally recognised.
What opportunities for further studies will I have?
You may continue on to further specialist studies or higher level studies, such as the Certificate IV in Engineering, Diploma of Engineering, Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology or professional engineering qualifications at university.
How do I apply?
Apprentices should call the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or 9279 2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enrol. Apprentices are forwarded an Apprentice Placement Form when their employer registers them with the Victorian Qualifications Authority and should present this form on enrolment.
How will I be selected for this course?
Applicants must be currently employed as an apprentice in the field of training.