Design and construct tools of the trade. As an engineering tradesperson specialising in toolmaking, you’ll be involved in creating, repairing and assembling precision tools. Learn the skills to enter an in-demand industry with confidence.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Undertake basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing
Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
Perform advanced trade calculations
Interpret technical drawings
Perform precision mechanical measurement and fitting
Write basic computer numerically controlled (CNC) programs
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
Confidence to design and manufacture mechanical components
A sound understanding of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as an apprenticeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
Be employed as an apprentice in industry
Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Experience handling tools and equipment
An intermediate fitness level to manage the physical demands of this course and career path
An aptitude for working with your hands and good hand-eye coordination
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Our graduates go onto roles like: toolmaker, machinist, fitter and machinist, CNC machinist and precision machinist.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.
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.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Engineering - Toolmaking Trade qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 108 weighting points, including 84 core and 26 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.
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