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Certificate IV in Engineering


Certificate IV in Engineering – MEM40119

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Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Engineering is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Mechanical Engineering Trades Worker. This course is specifically targeted at existing engineering tradespeople or Apprentices in an engineering trade who choose to study at a higher level during their Apprenticeship, giving you higher level skills to graduate as a specialist tradesperson.

Get the most up-to-date skills with the latest technology. Learn computer numerical control (CNC) for brake pressing, rolling, and plasma cutting, and programmable logic control (PLC) for running process machinery. Focus on maintenance, fabricating products to industry standards, or machining and tool making.

Our Trainers are experts and business owners in their fields, and you'll learn the practical skills and higher level knowledge to help you succeed in the workforce. Attend on campus and meet others who share the same passion and challenges as you.

This course can be delivered on campus or as an Apprenticeship.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work as a Mechanical Engineering Trades Worker. You may find work in the following contexts:

  • Electricity generation maintenance
  • Electrotechnology
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Air-conditioning and refrigeration
  • Fabrication engineering
  • Systems electrics

Working in this industry 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 successful completion of this course you may wish to pursue further training and complete the MEM50119 Diploma of Engineering.

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 Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Apprentice
4. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
5. 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 2020 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:

  • 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/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course (Apprentices only)
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 manual production assembly
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
Apply welding principles
Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications
Perform geometric development
Perform welds to code standards using gas metal arc welding process
Perform welds to code standards using gas tungsten arc welding process
Perform pipe welds to code standards using manual metal arc welding process
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
Perform complex lathe operations
Use workshop machines for basic operations
Prepare basic engineering drawing
Create 2-D drawings using computer-aided design system
Create 3-D models using computer-aided design system
Use comparison and basic measuring devices
Perform precision mechanical measurement
Mark off/out (general engineering)
Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
Communicate with individuals and small groups
Use tools for precision work
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
Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals
Perform gland packing
Maintain pneumatic system components
Maintain hydraulic system components
Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
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
Select and apply repair techniques
Select and use joining techniques
Finish a composite product
Identify and interpret required standards for composites

Assessment methods may include:

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

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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.

On campus – Students will undertake simulated workplace experience within the GOTAFE workshop on campus.

Apprentice – Attendance on campus is required for 1 day per week throughout the period of the apprenticeship. Students will be advised of these dates upon enrolment. Majority of the learning is on-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor.

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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