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Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

National Course Code: MEM30205


The nationally recognised Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade is your pathway to becoming a fitting machinist, fitter and turner or CNC machinist. Get ready to join in-demand industries like mechanical engineering, oil and gas drilling, Defence Force construction and power generation.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Interpret technical drawings
  • Operate a lathe and milling machine
  • Install and align machines and equipment


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Mechanical aptitude to use appropriate tools
  • Communication skills to work as part of a team and understand mechanical terminology


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Blacksmith
  • Boilermaker
  • Fabrication tradesperson
  • Pressure welder


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Engineering
  • Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade

This course is superseded.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.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Communication skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Attention to detail

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Practical based skills assessments
  • Theory based knowledge assessments

If you have studied the Certificate I in Engineering, Certificate I in Boating Services, Certificate II in Engineering, Certificate II in Engineering - Production Technology or other relevant qualifications you may be eligible for credit towards this qualification.

The Certificate III level course provides you with a strong foundational knowledge in mechanical principles that underpin all future studies. You will develop skills and knowledge in the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of:

  • Mechanical equipment

  • Machinery

  • Fluid power systems

  • Stationary and mobile equipment

  • Instruments, refrigeration and computer-controlled machine tools
    You may choose to go on to further study with the Certificate IV in Engineering. This courses is designed to give you trade-level and post-trade level skills in fitting and machining, metal fabrication and welding.

The Diploma of Engineering Advanced Trade is designed for people who have completed a Certificate III or IV in an engineering trade who are seeking to expand their knowledge and skills, and to achieve a higher level of qualification. You will gain the competencies required by an advanced tradesperson working at peak trade levels in the manufacturing, engineering or related industries. The course will provide you with advanced skills and knowledge to modify fluid power control systems, interpret technical manuals, write technical reports, research and analyse engineering data, and workplace health and safety.

When you complete the Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade you will have specialist skills in hydraulic systems, as a technical specialist, supervisor, or advanced tradesperson.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Basic fluid power principles
  • Precision engineering measurement
  • Technical drawing and interpretation
  • Using basic power tools and hand tools
  • Fitting skills and techniques
  • Various machining practices
  • Problem solving and trouble shooting
  • Safe work practices

In this course, you will work on real-world projects, in simulated TAFE NSW environments and if you are an apprentice in your workplace.

Projects include:

  • Understanding mechanical principles
  • Planning and undertaking machining projects commonly used in manufacturing industries

You will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces (workshops), online facilitated environments, studios, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

The manufacturing and engineering industry employs around 590,000 workers in Australia and contributes $74 billion in gross value to our economy. The industry is undergoing rapid change to remain competitive with strong competition from imports.

Graduates typically work in the mechanical trades and can go on to specialise in machining and fluid power.

This qualification may provide you with a pathway into new and emerging technologies like defence force construction projects and sustainable engineering and power generation.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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