Certificate II in Engineering


Course Length

Full time:

2 Years


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Wangaratta - Docker Street

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 available as part of the JobTrainer initiative 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 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

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Trainee: $1,178.00

2. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $236.00

Course Materials: $361.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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

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

Course Study Units

Core Units
MEM13014A - Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM14004A - Plan to undertake a routine task
MEM15002A - Apply quality systems
MEM15024A - Apply quality procedures
MEM16007A - Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
Elective Units
MEM03001B - Perform manual production assembly
MEM03003B - Perform sheet and plate assembly
MEM04018B - Perform general woodworking machine operations
MEM05004C - Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
MEM05005B - Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM05006C - Perform brazing and or silver soldering
MEM05007C - Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05012C - Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05013C - Perform manual production welding
MEM06007B - Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing
MEM07001B - Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
MEM07003B - Perform machine setting (routine)
MEM07015B - Set computer controlled machines/processes
MEM07024B - Operate and monitor machine/process
MEM07028B - Operate computer controlled machines/processes
MEM07032B - Use workshop machines for basic operations
MEM08010B - Manually finish/polish materials
MEM08014B - Apply protective coatings (basic)
MEM09002B - Interpret technical drawing
MEM11004B - Undertake dogging
MEM11010B - Operate mobile load shifting equipment
MEM11011B - Undertake manual handling
MEM11021B - Perform advanced operation of load shifting equipment
MEM11022B - Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment
MEM12001B - Use comparison and basic measuring devices
MEM12023A - Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024A - Perform computations
MEM13001B - Perform emergency first aid
MEM13002B - Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace
MEM13003B - Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
MEM14005A - Plan a complete activity
MEM16005A - Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
MEM16006A - Organise and communicate information
MEM16008A - Interact with computing technology
MEM17003A - Assist in the provision of on the job training
MEM18001C - Use hand tools
MEM18002B - Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM18013B - Perform gland packing
MEM18055B - Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MSAENV272B - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Course Co-ordinator

Brett Ambrosio

Attendance & 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.

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.

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.

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.

Find how to reach out to our library in Shepparton

Jobs and study options

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

Reach out to our Skills and Jobs Centres

Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.