National code: MEM30505

Certificate III in Engineering - Technical

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Overview About this course

Take your first step into the world of engineering, and gain the foundational skills to launch your career. You will learn the underpinning principles of engineering design in a range of specialist areas. This course prepares you for further study or a trade apprenticeship.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply principles of engineering design

  • Produce computer-Aided Drawing (CAD)

  • Organise and communicate information

  • Interact with computing technology

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Course Outcomes

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

  • Work on a real-world project, drafting technical drawings of engineering components commonly used in manufacturing industries

  • Opportunities to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship in engineering

  • A strong technical foundation to build on with continued specialist studies in a range of engineering fields, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and aviation

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now

  • This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

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

  • Completed Year 10 of high school and achieved good grades in Maths and English studies

  • An interest in engineering design, principles and concepts

  • Enthusiasm for practical skills in engineering and related areas

  • An aptitude for mechanical processes

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:

Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in mechanical engineering research, design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, manufacturing equipment, mechanical installations and facilities.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    93%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    1,300 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    42 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $1,600

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    42 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    High

  • Gender share

    7% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Study pathways

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

Previous study 3 Courses

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

Related study 2 Courses

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 - Technical qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 10 units of competency, including 3 core and 7 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.

  • Organise and communicate information MEM16006A

  • Interact with computing technology MEM16008A

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSAENV272B

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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