Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

Course Code MEM30305
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 980 hours

Course Overview

The MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade is the recognised qualification to become a qualified General Fabrication Engineering Tradesperson.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson – Fabrication within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or other industries where Engineering Tradespersons Fabrication work. The qualification has been specifically developed to meet the needs of apprentices in the above trade.

The Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade specifies the competencies required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson Fabrication including metal fabrication, forging, founding, structural steel erection, electroplating, metal spinning, metal polishing, sheet metal work, welding and the use of related computer controlled equipment.

If you work with precision and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you’ve got what it takes to be a boilermaker. The Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade is for apprentices who like a challenge. You’re okay working in confined spaces, and definitely have an eye for detail.

Our trainers are industry specialists. Learn from our experts in your workplace and on campus so you master all heavy fabrication techniques that you can apply straight to the job:

  • mechanical and thermal cutting
  • marking out
  • welding principles
  • fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
  • general machining
  • computer-aided drafting

This course is delivered as an apprenticeship. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Electricity Generation Maintenance and Fabrication Engineering industry.

Working in this industry can also be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further studies
After gaining the MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade, you might wish to undertake further training pathways from this qualification which include:

  • MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering
  • MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade
Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Attendance on campus is required throughout the period of the apprenticeship. Students will be advised of these dates upon enrolment. Majority of the learning is on-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Brett Ambrosio
Location: Shepparton/Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice 980 $3.60 $3,528.00 $15.00 $14,700.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession 980 $0.72 $705.60 $15.00 $14,700.00
Full Fee 980 $5.33 $5,223.40 N/A N/A
Course Materials 980 $1.10 $1,078.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprentices only)
Units of Competency

MEM30305 – Core Units

MEM13014A – Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM15024A – Apply quality procedures
MEM15002A – Apply quality systems
MEM17003A – Assist in the provision of on the job training
MEM16008A – Interact with computing technology
MEM16006A – Organise and communicate information
MSAENV272B – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM12024A – Perform computations
MEM12023A – Perform engineering measurements
MEM14005A – Plan a complete activity
MEM14004A – Plan to undertake a routine task
MEM16007A – Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

MEM30305 – Elective Units

MEM05010C – Apply Fabrication, Forming And Shaping Techniques
MEM05052A – Apply safe welding practices
MEM05011D – Assemble Fabricated Components
MEM04012B – Assemble plated patterns
MEM05005B – Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM04013B – Develop and manufacture polystyrene patterns
MEM04008B – Fettle and trim metal castings/forgings
MEM10010B – Install pipework and pipework assemblies
MEM09002B – Interpret technical drawing
MEM08010B – Manually finish/polish materials
MEM12006C – Mark Off/Out (General Engineering)
MEM12007D – Mark Off/Out Structural Fabrications And Shapes
MEM11022B – Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment
MEM04001B – Operate melting furnaces
MEM04006B – Operate sand moulding and core making machines
MEM05018C – Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process
MEM05020C – Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process
MEM05016C – Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process
MEM05006C – Perform brazing and or silver soldering
MEM05037C – Perform Geometric Development
MEM07003B – Perform machine setting (routine)
MEM05007C – Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM03001B – Perform manual production assembly
MEM05013C – Perform manual production welding
MEM07001B – Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
MEM05050B – Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05049B – Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05012C – Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05004C – Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
MEM03003B – Perform sheet and plate assembly
MEM04007B – Pour molten metal
MEM04004B – Prepare and mix sand for metal moulding
MEM08011B – Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
MEM04005C – Produce moulds and cores by hand (jobbing)
MEM04011B – Produce polymer patterns
MEM05036C – Repair/replace/modify fabrications
MEM05051A – Select welding processes
MEM11011B – Undertake manual handling
MEM12001B – Use comparison and basic measuring devices
MEM18001C – Use hand tools
MEM18002B – Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM07032B – Use workshop machines for basic operations
MEM05017D – Weld using gas metal arc welding process
MEM05019D – Weld Using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process
MEM05015D – Weld using manual metal arc welding process
MEM13003B – Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

Assessment Methods

Students will be assessed using the following methods:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration
  • Online Assessments
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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