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Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Blacksmithing)

National Course Code: MEM30305


The nationally recognised Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade (Blacksmithing) will help you develop a career in the specialist field of blacksmithing. Learn the tools of the fabrication trade and build your manufacturing and engineering career with this exciting and unique path.


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

  • Do technical drawing and interpretation
  • Execute precision engineering measurement
  • Undertake mechanical maintenance and overhaul techniques
  • Understand engineering principles
  • Develop communication and planning skills
  • Understand WHS regulations and codes of practices
  • Do metal fabrication
  • Undertake forging and founding
  • Understand structural steel erection
  • Do electroplating, metal spinning, polishing and welding
  • work with sheet metal


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

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


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
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

Career opportunities:

  • Blacksmith
  • Welder
  • Metal forger
  • Metal designer


Expand your opportunities with these further study options:

  • 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This course is superseded.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
  • An interest in fabrication, in particular blacksmithing principles and concepts
  • An enthusiasm for practical skills in fabrication, heat treatment forging and shaping

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.

This course, the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade (Blacksmithing) is an entry level course provides you with a strong foundational knowledge in blacksmithing principles that underpin all future studies.

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 geometric development
  • Using basic power tools and hand tools
  • Welding and thermal cutting
  • Heat treatment and surface finishing
  • Hand and hammer forging and shaping

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:

  • Creating welded and fabricated forged and shaped components commonly used in blacksmithing
  • Creating handcrafted, bespoke forged customised components

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 blacksmithing trades and can go on to specialise in heat treatment and surface finishing.

This qualification may provide you with a pathway into specialised traditional blacksmithing work in heat treatment and material forging and shaping.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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