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Certificate III in Engineering - Composites Trade


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Certificate III in Engineering - Composites Trade – MEM31112

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Course Overview

GOTAFE are the only training provider in Victoria to offer the Certificate III in Engineering – Composites Trade, which is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Engineering Composite Tradesperson. We have students all over Victoria and come to your workplace to support your on-the-job learning. We’ll work with your employer, so you apply what you learn to real projects to build your skills.

You'll gain cutting-edge skills in composite materials, assembly, and production techniques. You'll learn how to select the appropriate processes or systems for a product, and will gain experience with a range of power tools and machinery.

We'll work with you to select the subjects that suit your strengths and career goals, and you'll learn in our professional training facilities and workshops.

This course is delivered an as Apprenticeship.

Career Pathways

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.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering or the MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade.

Course Dates & Times

Sydney - Harbour Street

MEM31112 - Public - Semester 2

Fee Information

All applicants fall under one of the following:

To be elegible for a government subsidy you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen; or
  • A new holder of a permanent visa; or
  • A New Zealand citizen

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Apprentice
3. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
4. Full Fee

All applicants are liable for the following costs:

Course Materials

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 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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.

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 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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course (Apprentices only)
Core Units
Perform engineering measurements
Perform computations
Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
Plan to undertake a routine task
Plan a complete activity
Apply quality systems
Apply quality procedures
Organise and communicate information
Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
Interact with computing technology
Assist in the provision of on the job training
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Perform sheet and plate assembly
Perform general woodworking machine operations
Carry out mechanical cutting
Perform Geometric Development
Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating
Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
Apply protective coatings (basic)
Interpret technical drawing
Prepare basic engineering drawing
Interpret and produce curved 3-dimensional shapes
Perform production packaging
Undertake manual handling
Use comparison and basic measuring devices
Mark Off/Out Structural Fabrications And Shapes
Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
Use hand tools
Use power tools/hand held operations
Repair And Fit Engineering Components
Apply fibre-reinforced materials
Form and integrate fibre-reinforced structures
Fair and shape surfaces
Construct and assemble marine vessel timber components
Repair marine vessel surfaces and structures
Perform fitout procedures
Produce three-dimensional plugs/moulds
Perform marine slipping operations
Assemble and install equipment and accessories/ancillaries
Lay up composites using open moulding techniques
Lay up composites using vacuum closed moulding techniques
Lay up composites using pressure closed moulding techniques
Make basic plugs for composites fabrication
Make basic moulds for composites fabrication
Mark and cut out sheets for composite use
Select and use reinforcing appropriate for product
Select and use resin systems appropriate for product
Select and use cores and fillers appropriate for product
Store and handle composite materials
Determine materials and techniques for a composite component or product
Record and trial work processes for one-off composite products
Select and use composite processes or systems appropriate for product
Adjust resin chemicals for current conditions
Select and apply repair techniques
Select and use joining techniques
Prepare composite or other substrate surfaces
Organise composite trials
Finish a composite product
Identify and interpret required standards for composites
Work safely on marine craft
Perform tasks to support production
Achieve work outcomes
Pack products or materials
Fit attachments to products
Repair product imperfections
Hand decorate products
Apply gel coat or other polymer surface finish

Assessment methods may include:

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

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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, excursions or other organised activities.

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 click Enquire Now.

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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