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Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction


Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction – MEM30705

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Course Overview

The Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Shipwright.

Whether you have sailing in your blood or have recently found a passion for shipbuilding, Marine Craft Construction is a great career for anyone who loves building things with their hands.

GOTAFE is the only training provider in Victoria to offer a Marine Craft Construction apprenticeship. Learn to fix and build components and assemble boats. Our expert Trainers will support you both in class and in the workplace, and give you the technical know-how to shine in this specialist field.

We have Apprentices all over Victoria. You'll learn on-the-job, and attend additional workshops to build your skills further.

This course is delivered as an Apprenticeship.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Marine Craft Construction and Boat Building industry.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering or MEMJ50105 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
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
Test and repair basic electrical circuits
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
Perform general woodworking machine operations
Carry out mechanical cutting
Perform routine manual metal arc welding
Weld using gas metal arc welding process
Perform Geometric Development
Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
Perform routine gas metal arc welding
Select welding processes
Apply safe welding practices
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
Undertake manual handling
Mark Off/Out Structural Fabrications And Shapes
Perform emergency first aid
Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
Use hand tools
Use power tools/hand held operations
Use tools for precision work
Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
Repair And Fit Engineering Components
Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
Maintain pneumatic system components
Maintain hydraulic system components
Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
Apply fibre-reinforced materials
Form and integrate fibre-reinforced structures
Set up marine vessel structures
Fair and shape surfaces
Construct and assemble marine vessel timber components
Undertake marine sheathing operations
Maintain marine vessel surfaces
Repair marine vessel surfaces and structures
Form timber shapes using hot processes
Perform fitout procedures
Install marine systems
Install and test operations of marine auxiliary systems
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
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
Work safely on marine craft
Follow work procedures to maintain the marine environment
Maintain quality of environment by following marina codes
Safely operate a mechanically powered recreational boat

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.

On Campus students will undertake simulated workplace experience within the GOTAFE workshop on campus.

Apprenticeship Students - attendance to set classes is a requirement for this training. This could be at a GOTAFE campus or an external facility. Students will be advised of these dates upon enrolment. The majority of the learning is on-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor. A trainer will undertake workplace visits during the training contract period.

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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