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Certificate II in Engineering


Certificate II in Engineering – MEM20105

Course Overview

The Certificate II in Engineering is the recognised Pre-apprenticeship pathway to become a qualified Engineer.

Studying your Pre-apprenticeship with GOTAFE, you'll get to use your problem solving skills every day. Learning in our professional facilities, you'll gain experience in everything from welding and fabrication to interpreting technical drawings. Get hands-on practice welding, and learn about composites, fabrication, mechanics and machining. You'll also learn important skills in communication and safety practices.

We work with local employers to make sure you're learning the skills you'll actually use in the workforce when you begin your Apprenticeship.

This course is delivered as a Pre-apprenticeship.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Engineering or Manufacturing industries as an Apprentice.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:

  • MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade
  • MEM30705 Certificate III in Engineering Marine Construction
  • MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Traineeship - Open from Monday 1st Feb (8am - 5pm) / 2021

1. Subsidised Trainee
2. Subsidised Trainee
3. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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
Core Units
Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
Plan to undertake a routine task
Apply quality systems
Apply quality procedures
Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
Elective Units
Perform manual production assembly
Perform sheet and plate assembly
Perform general woodworking machine operations
Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
Carry out mechanical cutting
Perform brazing and or silver soldering
Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
Perform routine manual metal arc welding
Perform manual production welding
Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
Perform machine setting (routine)
Set computer controlled machines/processes
Operate and monitor machine/process
Operate computer controlled machines/processes
Use workshop machines for basic operations
Manually finish/polish materials
Apply protective coatings (basic)
Interpret technical drawing
Undertake dogging
Operate mobile load shifting equipment
Undertake manual handling
Perform advanced operation of load shifting equipment
Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment
Use comparison and basic measuring devices
Perform engineering measurements
Perform computations
Perform emergency first aid
Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace
Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
Plan a complete activity
Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
Organise and communicate information
Interact with computing technology
Assist in the provision of on the job training
Use hand tools
Use power tools/hand held operations
Perform gland packing
Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Assessment methods may include:

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

Brett Ambrosio

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.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars, excursions and other organised activities.

You are encouraged to attend all scheduled appointments with your GOTAFE Trainer/Assessor.

Students will undertake simulated workplace experience within the GOTAFE workshop on campus.

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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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