Course Info

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

National Course Code: MEM30319


Start your career in engineering and fabrication with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade. This hands-on course is ideal for apprentices who work as boilermakers and welders in mining, manufacturing or shipping. Join an in demand industry and work on exciting projects like Defence Force construction, sustainable engineering and power generation.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Technical drawing and geometric development
  • Fabrication techniques including forging and founding
  • A range of welding and thermal cutting techniques
  • Welding
  • Balustrading and polishing
  • Work, health and safety regulations
  • Codes of practice
  • Communication and planning skills


Develop the skills that will help you get ahead in this career, including:

  • Problem solving to translate designs into practical outcomes
  • Communication excellence to work as part of team and understand engineering terminology
  • Mechanical aptitude to use appropriate tools and calibrate equipment


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • The foundation knowledge and skill needed to become an Engineering tradesperson - mechanical

Career outcomes include:

  • Boilermaker
  • Fabrication trades
  • Pressure welder
  • Engineering patternmaker
  • Blacksmith


Go on to further specialist fabrication study with the:

  • MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering


According to the Australian Government Job Outlook platform , the number of structural steel and welding trades workers is expected to grow to 82,700 by 2023, with around 47,000 further job openings over 5 years.


This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A genuine interest in this field of study
  • An interest in fabrication, principles and concepts
  • An enthusiasm to learn practical skills in engineering and welding
  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Mechanical aptitude

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development.

In this course you will undertake theory based knowledge assessments and practical based skills assessments.

If you have completed the following qualifications:

  • MEM10119 Certificate I in Engineering
  • MEM10205 Certificate I in Boating Services
  • MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering
  • MEM20219 Certificate II in Engineering - Production Technology or
    If you have achieved units of competency in a relevant pre-Vocational and Pre-Apprenticeship programs and/or Statement of Attainment.

You may be eligible for course credit. Find out more at Recognition and Credit Transfer information.

The Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication trade gives you a solid foundation of knowledge in the fabrication principles that underpin all your future fabrication and engineering studies. This is your entry level qualification and is your required minimum level of study to work in the fabrication trade.

If you are looking to become a higher engineering tradesperson or a special class tradesperson, the MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering is the course for you.

Job outcomes for graduates of the Certificate IV include:

  • Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
  • Pressure Welder
  • Advanced Fabrication Technician
  • Advanced Mechanical Maintenance Technician
  • CAM Programmer

With the Certificate IV, you can also begin to move into leadership, management and supervisory roles.

Due to the specialist nature of the Certificate IV, you must be working in the industry, have significant industry experience, be an apprentice or have completed the Certificate III in Engineering to enrol in this qualification.

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

As an apprentice you will work on real world projects with your employer. Through your study with TAFE NSW you will learn to create welded and fabricated engineering components that are commonly used in manufacturing industries.

The balance of experience, with your employer and at TAFE NSW, will give you a well-rounded, practical understanding of the fabrication trade.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of study environments to enhance your learning and employability, such as simulated workplaces, workshops and online facilitated platforms.

We have introduced augmented and Virtual Reality experiences to your training, so you can be immersed in the world of fabrication.

The fabrication industry is dependent on the global and Australian manufacturing economy, which is consistently evolving to meet new challenges.

There are a number of skills shortage areas in fabrication and new Australian Defence Force projects are expected to created significant numbers of jobs and demand for engineering skills for the next 50 years.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook platform, the number of structural steel and welding trades workers is expected to grow to 82,700 by 2023, with around 47,000 further job openings over 5 years.

This qualification can provide you with a pathway into new and emerging technologies like Australian Defence Force construction projects and sustainable engineering and power generation.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • Combination
  • Part Time
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Duration: 3 years

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