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Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Toolmaking)

National Course Code: MEM30205


The nationally recognised Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Toolmaking) will teach you the skills you need to specialise in the toolmaking trade. Use your attention to detail and technical ability to learn skills that are transferrable across a range of exciting industries.


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

  • Understand and interpret technical drawings
  • Perform precision engineering measurements
  • Conduct precision CNC machining
  • Undertake mechanical maintenance and overhaul techniques
  • Understand engineering principles and marking out techniques
  • Use communication and planning skills
  • Work safely within WHS regulations and codes of practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Attention to detail
  • Effective communication skills
  • Complex problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities
  • Teamwork skills and a collaborative spirit
  • An aptitude for mechanical tasks


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:

  • Toolmaker
  • Fitter
  • Machinist


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This course is superseded.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:

  • Genuine interest in this field of study
  • An interest in mechanical, principles and concepts
  • An enthusiasm for practical skills in mechanical trades, fitting and machining
    -Mechanical aptitude

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 in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Toolmaking) will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge you need to work in the toolmaking trade. Learn quality procedures systems and planning, engineering measurement, computations and computer technology.

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'll have specialist skills in hydraulic systems, as a technical specialist, supervisor, or advanced tradesperson.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

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

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

  • Understanding precision machining principles
  • Planning and undertaking machining projects used in manufacturing industries
  • CNC machine programming

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 toolmaking trades and specialised machining including CNC machine programming.

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

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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