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Certificate II in Engineering Studies


Certificate II in Engineering Studies 22470VIC

Course Overview

Start your pathway to a career in engineering with the Certificate II in Engineering Studies.

In this pre-apprenticeship you'll learn core skills in machining, interpreting and preparing technical drawings, and making engineering computations. You'll also gain valuable experience with hand tools and power tools, basic welding and thermal cutting processes, and workplace safety processes and procedures.

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to assist them in gaining an apprenticeship in the engineering trade.

This course is delivered on campus, through the VETDSS program and is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

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 is used to develop introductory skills mainly for young people entering the engineering industry.

Further Study

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

  • MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade
  • MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade
  • MEM30705 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction
  • MEM31112 Certificate III in Engineering Composites Trade

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

VETDSS - Starts on 27/01/2021 - Wednesdays 9am to 3pm - 9am to 3.15pm /2021

VETDSS - Starts on 2nd February - Wed - 9am to 3.15pm / 2022

PreApp - Starts on 8th March - Tue, Thu, Fri - 8am to 5pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

VETDSS - Starts on 27/01/2021 - Wednesdays 9am to 3pm - 9am to 3.15pm /2021

VETDSS - Starts on 2nd February - Wed - 9am to 3.15pm / 2022

PreApp - Starts on 7th March - Tue, Wed, Thu - 8am to 5pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
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 course.

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

  • Attend an interview.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • 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
Use hand tools
Undertake a basic engineering project
Report on a range of sectors in the manufacturing, engineering and related industries
Select and interpret drawings and prepare three dimensional (3D) sketches and drawings
Perform basic machining processes
Apply basic fabrication techniques
Elective Units
Interact with computing technology
Use power tools/hand held operations
Perform intermediate engineering computations
Produce basic engineering components and products using fabrication and machining operations
Perform metal fabrication operations
Perform basic welding and thermal cutting processes to fabricate engineering structures
Configure and program a basic robotic system
Create engineering drawings using computer aided systems
Use 3D printing to create products

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical observation
  • Oral and/or written questioning
  • Written reports
  • Portfolio
  • Third-party report

Craig Murphy

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 or other organised activities. Students will undertake simulated workplace experience within the GOTAFE workshop on campus.

Pre-apprentices: The course runs over a 6-month period and students are enrolled full-time. Students attend campus 4 days per week to complete training. These days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

VETDSS: The course runs over a 2-year period and students are enrolled part-time. Students attend GOTAFE 1 day per week. It is expected that they will engage in a minimum of 5 hours of face-to-face classes.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

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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