Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade


Course Length

Full time:

4 years

Contact Hours

Part time:

7 weeks per year on campus


Subsidised Apprentice:


Subsidised Apprentice (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode


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

Apprenticeship - Open from 10th January / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

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

Apprenticeship - Open from 10th January / 2022

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice: $4,010.00

2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession): $802.00

3. Full Fee: $2,970.00

Course Materials: $1,040.00

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:

  • 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.

Course Study Units

Core Units
MEM09002 - Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling
MEM12023 - Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024 - Perform computations
MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM14006 - Plan work activities
MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information
MEM16008 - Interact with computing technology
MEM17003 - Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM18001 - Use hand tools
MEM18002 - Use power tools/hand held operations
MSMENV272 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
MEM05005 - Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM05006 - Perform brazing and/or silver soldering
MEM05007 - Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05012 - Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05049 - Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05050 - Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM07005 - Perform general machining
MEM07006 - Perform lathe operations
MEM07007 - Perform milling operations
MEM07008 - Perform grinding operations
MEM07015 - Set computer controlled machines and processes
MEM07016 - Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes
MEM07021 - Perform complex lathe operations
MEM09003 - Prepare basic engineering drawing
MEM12003 - Perform precision mechanical measurement
MEM12006 - Mark off/out (general engineering)
MEM18003 - Use tools for precision work
MEM18004 - Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment
MEM18005 - Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
MEM18006 - Perform precision fitting of engineering components
MEM18007 - Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies
MEM18009 - Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
MEM18011 - Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
MEM18012 - Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals
MEM18013 - Perform gland packing
MEM18018 - Maintain pneumatic system components
MEM18020 - Maintain hydraulic system components
MEM18055 - Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MEM30012A - Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include::

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

Course Co-ordinator

Craig Murphy

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.