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Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade


Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade – MEM30305

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Course Overview

The Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade is the recognised qualification to become a qualified General Fabrication Engineering Tradesperson.

As an Apprentice in the Engineering Fabrication Trade, you'll use your eye for detail to solve problems, and won't mind getting your hands dirty on the job site. You'll gain skills in a range of areas, including:

  • Metal fabrication
  • Forging
  • Founding
  • Electroplating
  • Metal spinning and polishing
  • Sheet metal work
  • Welding
  • Using computer-controlled equipment

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

This course is delivered as an Apprenticeship.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Electricity Generation Maintenance or Fabrication Engineering industries.

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

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
3. Full Fee
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 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
  • 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 manual production assembly
Perform sheet and plate assembly
Operate melting furnaces
Prepare and mix sand for metal moulding
Produce moulds and cores by hand (jobbing)
Operate sand moulding and core making machines
Pour molten metal
Fettle and trim metal castings/forgings
Produce polymer patterns
Assemble plated patterns
Develop and manufacture polystyrene patterns
Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
Carry out mechanical cutting
Perform brazing and or silver soldering
Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
Apply Fabrication, Forming And Shaping Techniques
Assemble Fabricated Components
Perform routine manual metal arc welding
Perform manual production welding
Weld using manual metal arc welding process
Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process
Weld using gas metal arc welding process
Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process
Weld Using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process
Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process
Repair/replace/modify fabrications
Perform Geometric Development
Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
Perform routine gas metal arc welding
Select welding processes
Apply safe welding practices
Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
Perform machine setting (routine)
Use workshop machines for basic operations
Manually finish/polish materials
Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
Interpret technical drawing
Install pipework and pipework assemblies
Undertake manual handling
Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment
Use comparison and basic measuring devices
Mark Off/Out (General Engineering)
Mark Off/Out Structural Fabrications And Shapes
Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
Use hand tools
Use power tools/hand held operations

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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