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Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade


Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade – MEM30219

Course Overview

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

Learn skills in mechanical and thermal cutting, mechatronics, and general machining, and fine-tune your craftsmanship. You'll learn to use a mix of heavy machinery and computer skills, and gain experience in computer-aided drafting.

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

This course is delivered as an 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 Electrotechnology industry. You may find work in the following fields:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Jewellery
  • Oil and gas drilling
  • Electricity generation operations
  • Electricity distribution
  • Air-conditioning and refrigeration.

Working in these industries can also be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further Study

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

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 25/01/2021, Mon-Fri (8am-5pm) / 2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 01/02/2021, Mon-Wed (8am-5pm) / 2021

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (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 qualification.

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

  • Be currently employed in the engineering industry.
  • Attend an interview.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they 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.
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Core Units
Interpret technical drawing
Undertake manual handling
Perform engineering measurements
Perform computations
Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
Plan work 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
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Perform sheet and plate assembly
Perform routine oxy fuel gas 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
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 and/or 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 general machining
Perform lathe operations
Perform milling operations
Perform grinding operations
Set computer controlled machines and processes
Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes
Write basic NC and CNC programs
Perform complex lathe operations
Use workshop machines for basic operations
Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
Apply protective coatings (basic)
Prepare basic engineering drawing
Interpret and produce drawings of curved 3-D shapes
Use comparison and basic measuring devices
Perform precision mechanical measurement
Mark off/out (general engineering)
Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
Undertake work health and safety activities in the workplace
Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
Use tools for precision work
Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment
Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
Perform precision fitting of engineering components
Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies
Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
Perform equipment condition monitoring and recording
Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals
Perform gland packing
Maintain pneumatic system components
Maintain pneumatic systems
Maintain hydraulic system components
Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
Form and integrate fibre-reinforced structures
Construct and assemble marine vessel timber components
Perform fitout procedures
Produce three-dimensional plugs/moulds
Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
Operate Computer-aided Design (CAD) System To Produce Basic Drawing Elements
Work safely on marine craft
Follow work procedures to maintain the marine environment
Maintain quality of environment by following marina codes

Assessment methods may include::

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

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.

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

This course runs over a 4-year period and students are enrolled full-time. Attendance on campus is required 5 days per week for 7 blocks each year throughout the period of the apprenticeship. Students will be advised of these dates upon enrolment. The majority of the learning is on-and-off-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor and trainer.

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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