National code: MEM40105

Certificate IV in Engineering (CNC Programming)

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Overview About this course

Develop your technical engineering industry experience while you learn to program CNC lathes, design and draft new products using computer-aided design (CAD) programs, problem-solve mechanical issues and manufacture exciting new engineering components.

This course is superseded.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:

  • Perform engineering measurements and computations

  • Apply quality procedures and systems

  • Interpret technical drawings

  • Create 2D and 3D modelling and file coding

  • Set and edit computer-controlled machines and processes

  • Program CNC lathes and machine centres

Course Outcomes

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

  • Experience using industry-specific programs to design and develop CAD drawings

  • Skills to manufacture mechanical components for the transport, automotive, mining and aero sectors

  • Confidence to liaise with industry professionals and create a network of peers

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

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 today.

  • This course is offered as an apprenticeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

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

  • Current employment in industry with access to structured on and off-the-job training

  • An intermediate level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the role

  • Good organisational skills, are able to multi-task and respond well to rapid change

  • The ability to work at heights and in confined spaces

  • The ability to work early mornings, late evenings or weekend hours if required

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 Trades Workers

Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers machine and prepare aircraft systems, metal parts, subassemblies and precision instruments. Motor Mechanics are excluded from this minor group.

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

    96%

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

    32,000 workers

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

    41 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.

    $1,560

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

    45 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.

    Medium

  • Gender share

    2% 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.

    Stable

Other jobs include: CNC operator/programmer, 2D and 3D CAD designer and CAM programmer

Study pathways

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Previous study 1 Course

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The Certificate IV in Engineering (CNC Programming) does not have any post-graduate courses.

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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 IV in Engineering (CNC Programming) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 38 Units of competency, including 12 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.

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSAENV272B

  • Plan a complete activity MEM14005A

  • Apply quality systems MEM15002A

  • Plan to undertake a routine task MEM14004A

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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