National code: MEM30219

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

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Overview About this course

Embark on this apprenticeship and apply your practical skills and knowledge to diverse industries including naval shipping, sustainable energy, mining, power and aviation. Be empowered to take the next step in your engineering career, with gusto.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Obtain engineering measurements and prepare freehand sketches to convey information

  • Use fitting skills and techniques

  • Set and edit computer-controlled machine processes

  • Maintain hydraulic system components

  • Perform electronic measurements

  • Operate excavators, bobcats, mining borers, generators and power generation machinery

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Mechanical aptitude to use industry-related tools, technology and machinery

  • An understanding of mechanical terminology and communication skills to confidently work as part of a team

  • A nationally accredited trade qualification at Certificate III level

  • Credits towards a Certificate IV qualification to enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • To take this course as an apprenticeship you need to be employed as an apprentice in the industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer and

  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Experience in handling tools and equipment

  • An interest in working with engineering drawings

  • An aptitude for working with your hands and good hand-eye coordination

  • A desire to pursue a career in the mining, shipping, gas and oil drilling, manufacturing or aviation industries

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: technical fitter, machinist and fitter and machinist.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 96 units of competency, including 33 core and 63 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Assist in the provision of on-the-job training MEM17003

  • Plan work activities MEM14006

  • Interpret technical drawing MEM09002

  • Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering MEM13015

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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