Certificate III in Engineering - Composites Trade

Course Code MEM31112
Campus Sydney - Harbour Street
Duration 980 hours

Course Overview

The MEM31112 Certificate III In Engineering – Composites Trade is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Engineering Composite tradesperson.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required by a tradesperson working with composites within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries, or other industries where composites tradespersons work.

The qualification has been specifically developed to meet the needs of apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on the assumption that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

This groundbreaking area of Engineering is for those who are ready to work at the cutting edge. Composite materials are starting to replace traditional materials. As different industries start to use these materials, the need for apprentices increases.

GOTAFE are the only training provider in Victoria to offer the Certificate III in Engineering – Composites Trade. We have students all over Victoria and come to your workplace to support your on-the-job learning. You can access your trainers through email phone or text when you need them. We’ll work with your employer, so you apply what you learn to real projects to build your skills.

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

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The MEM31112 Certificate III In Engineering – Composites Trade is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Composite industry.

Working in this industry may include working in a large manufacturing organisation or smaller workshops. Work may include composites manufacturing or repair as well as general manufacturing.

Further studies
After gaining the MEM31112 Certificate III In Engineering – Composites Trade, you might wish to undertake further study in the qualifications; MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering and MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade or other relevant qualifications.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Sydney – Harbour Street MEM31112 – Public – Semester 2

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.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Brett Ambrosio
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 980 $3.84 $3,763.20 $12.00 $11,760.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice 980 $2.10 $2,058.00 $15.00 $14,700.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession 980 $0.42 $411.60 $15.00 $14,700.00
Full Fee 980 $5.33 $5,223.40 N/A N/A
Course Materials 980 $0.50 $490.00 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 this course applicant must:

  • Attend an information session
  • 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

MEM31112 – 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

MEM31112 – Elective Units

MEM26014A – Adjust resin chemicals for current conditions
MEM25001B – Apply fibre-reinforced materials
PMBPROD251 – Apply gel coat or other polymer surface finish
MEM08014B – Apply protective coatings (basic)
MEM25015A – Assemble and install equipment and accessories/ancillaries
MEM05005B – Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM25005B – Construct and assemble marine vessel timber components
MEM26011A – Determine materials and techniques for a composite component or product
MEM25004B – Fair and shape surfaces
MEM26019A – Finish a composite product
PMBFIN202 – Fit attachments to products
MEM25002B – Form and integrate fibre-reinforced structures
PMBFIN205 – Hand decorate products
MEM26020A – Identify and interpret required standards for composites
MEM09021B – Interpret and produce curved 3-dimensional shapes
MEM09002B – Interpret technical drawing
MEM26001A – Lay up composites using open moulding techniques
MEM26003A – Lay up composites using pressure closed moulding techniques
MEM26002A – Lay up composites using vacuum closed moulding techniques
MEM26005A – Make basic moulds for composites fabrication
MEM26004A – Make basic plugs for composites fabrication
MEM26006A – Mark and cut out sheets for composite use
MEM12007D – Mark Off/Out Structural Fabrications And Shapes
MEM26018A – Organise composite trials
MEM25010B – Perform fitout procedures
MEM04018B – Perform general woodworking machine operations
MEM05037C – Perform Geometric Development
MEM25014B – Perform marine slipping operations
MEM11006B – Perform production packaging
MEM03003B – Perform sheet and plate assembly
MSMOPS102 – Perform tasks to support production
MEM09003B – Prepare basic engineering drawing
MEM26017A – Prepare composite or other substrate surfaces
MEM08011B – Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
MEM08002C – Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating
MEM25013B – Produce three-dimensional plugs/moulds
MEM26012A – Record and trial work processes for one-off composite products
MEM18006C – Repair And Fit Engineering Components
MEM25008B – Repair marine vessel surfaces and structures
PMBFIN203 – Repair product imperfections
MEM26015A – Select and apply repair techniques
MEM26013A – Select and use composite processes or systems appropriate for product
MEM26009A – Select and use cores and fillers appropriate for product
MEM26016A – Select and use joining techniques
MEM26007A – Select and use reinforcing appropriate for product
MEM26008A – Select and use resin systems appropriate for product
MEM26010A – Store and handle composite materials
MEM11011B – Undertake manual handling
MEM12001B – Use comparison and basic measuring devices
MEM18001C – Use hand tools
MEM18002B – Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM50002B – Work safely on marine craft
MEM13003B – Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessments can be undertaken, including:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Project
  • 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?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.