Join the second largest employment industry in Australia.

Our relationships with the Boating Industry Association, Composites Australia, and Manufacturing Skills Australia keep our courses industry focused. Our clients and students gain the benefits of up to date industry knowledge.

Do you love to work with your hands? Enjoy using logic to find practical solutions to problems? Then you’re a perfect fit for a career in engineering. Joining the family business, updating your skills, or starting your career, we have the course for you. From Certificate II to Certificate IV in Engineering Studies to Mechanical Trade and apprenticeships.

We teach our engineering students latest techniques and technology to keep you up to date. But we also want you to be great employees who make a difference to industry. We focus on decision making, innovation, project management, team work and communication.

Apprentices are our specialty. We’re the only training provider in Victoria for Composites Trade and Marine Craft Construction. We have students all over Victoria, from coastal boat builders, to suburban toolmakers, we have you covered. Learn your trade on the job with our industry specialist trainers. We offer on campus courses and a combination of learning methods to suit your strengths.

Be at the front of the line for an apprenticeship in the engineering industry. Study the Certificate II at GOTAFE and get a taste of what it’s like to use your natural problem-solving skills. We’ll help you choose the subjects to suit your strengths and career goals. And our industry connections mean we often know about job opportunities before employers advertise them.

Learn important skills all employers are looking for: the technical side, as well as communication skills and safety. And you’ll get the benefit of our facilities and industry-experienced trainers. Get hands-on practice welding, and learn about composites, fabrication, mechanics and machining.

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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’re 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.

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Looking to use tools, step behind the controls of heavy machinery, and use your computer skills? Then the Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade is made for you.

Do your apprenticeship and learn on and off the job with GOTAFE experts. We’ll make sure you choose the subjects that suit your strengths. Our industry experienced trainers teach expert craftsmanship. We teach a sound work ethic and develop in demand skills for industry.

You’ll learn:

  • mechanical and thermal cutting
  • marking out
  • tool making
  • general machining
  • maintenance
  • mechatronics
  • fluid power
  • computer-aided drafting
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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
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The MEM30705 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Shipwright.
You don’t have to have sailing in your blood to want to work in shipping and marine craft. It’s a great career, being outside and working with your hands. Come to the only training provider in Victoria who offers a Marine Craft Construction apprenticeship. Boat builders fix, build components and assemble boats. Our expert Trainers support you to learn in your workplace. We offer workshops to learn off the job too.
We have apprentices all over Victoria. We’ll teach you work and life skills as well as the technical know-how you need to shine in this specialist field.

This course is delivered as an Apprenticeship.This course is also offered as an apprenticeship/traineeship.

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This qualification is part of the Free TAFE for Priority Courses Initiative, tuition fees will be waived for eligible students in 2019. Discover if you are eligible at

Get the most up-to-date skills with the latest technology: complete the Certificate IV in Engineering at GOTAFE. Whatever your focus in engineering, we’ll strengthen your expertise. We teach you specialist skills to graduate as a Higher Engineer Tradesperson. Learn computer numerical control (CNC) for brake pressing, rolling and plasma cutting. Programmable logic control (PLC) for running process machinery. You can focus on maintenance, fabricating products to industry standards, machining and tool making.

Our specialist Trainers are experts and business owners in their field, ready to share their knowledge and experience with you. Attend on campus and meet others who share the same passion and challenges as you.

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