National code: MEM40119

Certificate IV in Engineering (CNC Programming)

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Overview About this course

Develop the technical abilities to work as a computer numerical control (CNC) operator or mechanical engineer. Learn specialist skills in manufacturing and engineering, as you refine your knowledge in industry-specific workshops.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Perform engineering measurements and computations
    Apply procedures and systems
    Work collaboratively in a manufacturing or engineering environment
    Create 2D and 3D modelling and file coding
    Set and edit computer-controlled machines and processes
    Program computer numerical control (CNC) lathes and machine centres

Course outcomes

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

  • A strong pathway to continue your study 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.

Entry recommendations

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

  • Employment as a tradesperson with access to structured on and off-the-job training or an apprenticeship under an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement. It is assumed that you will have one of these in order to do this course.
    A trade qualification in engineering or mechanical engineering or equivalent industry experience
    An intermediate level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the role
    The ability to provide your own personal protective equipment (PPE)
    Good organisational skills, and the ability to multi-task and respond well to rapid change
    The ability to work at heights and in confined spaces
    Access to a computer and reliable internet
    The ability to work early mornings, late evenings or weekend hours if required
    Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

    TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

    This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success
    and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

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: CNC operator/programmer 2D and 3D CAD designer mechanical engineer computer-aided drawing (CAD)/Computer-aided machining (CAM) programmer workshop supervisor.

Study pathways

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Previous study 0 Courses

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

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

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

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

Related study 0 Courses

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

The Certificate IV in Engineering (CNC Programming) does not have any related courses.

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 165 weighting points, including 33 core and 132 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

  • Perform computations MEM12024

  • Interact with computing technology MEM16008

  • Use hand tools MEM18001

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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