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Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

  • National Course Code: MEM30205
  • TAFE NSW code: MEM30205-01V07-20ULT-477

Location – Ultimo, Main Campus (Fitting-Apprenticeship)

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

8 Hours per week



  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This course is for people employed as apprentice mechanical fitters and machinists in the manufacturing, engineering and related industry areas. You will gain the competencies required to work as a mechanical tradesperson in
these areas.

You will acquire skills and knowledge in workplace communication, occupational health and safety, quality procedures, systems and planning, engineering measurement, computations and computer technology plus some industry-specific skills in mechanical fitting and machining that are relevant to your current or intended employment.

The course duration will vary depending on the training pathway agreed to between you, your employer and the TAFE college.

This course is superseded.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.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There is no qualification entry requirement. It is assumed that the learner is engaged as an apprentice under a Training Contract and that the learner is receiving appropriate structured on-the-job training while undertaking this

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified mechanical - trade fitter after successful completion.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade are:
Completion of all core units of competency, and Completion of Group A Mechanical Trade stream units to the value of at least 40 points, and
Completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units listed in Appendix 1, Volume 1 of the Training Package, to bring the total value to at least 73 points.

Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total (refer to units and prerequisites listing in Appendix 2, Volume 1).
Appropriate Group B elective units to the value of 16 points may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III. Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NQC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.
Registered Training Organisations must seek a determination from Manufacturing Skills Australia in respect of the allocation of points values for units of competency drawn from other Training Packages or accredited courses.
Only select units that would be suitable for Mechanical Trade occupational outcomes.
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This is a part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 8 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 4 years.

You may also be required to complete additional 14 hours of study each week outside of class hours, including content review/Assessment preparation, workplace learning as part of the apprenticeship


This course offering is designed for people who:

Participants in this programme are apprentice who may have completed an introductory or part qualification and those from diverse backgrounds that have met the entry requirements through recognition of previous studies, work experience, life experience or a combination of them all.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 8.00am to 4.15pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

Workplace experience - unstructured on the job learning as part of their apprenticeship.
Assessment can include a variety of methods where students may need to gather evidence from their experience at work and / or evidence from their time in practical hands on workshop (TAFE NSW Campus Engineering workshop) and theory based assessments that could be completed without the access to a workplace or simulated workplace environment.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Elective Units
Number Title
MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM18003C Use tools for precision work
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM18001C Use hand tools
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling
MEM07005C Perform general machining
MEM12024A Perform computations
MEM12006C Mark off/out (general engineering)
MEM07007C Perform milling operations
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MEM07006C Perform lathe operations
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures
MEM15002A Apply quality systems
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM18020B Maintain hydraulic system components
MEM18018C Maintain pneumatic system components
MEM18013B Perform gland packing
MEM18012B Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals
MEM18011C Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
MEM18007B Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies
MEM18006C Repair and fit engineering components
MEM18005B Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
MEM10006B Install machine/plant
MEM18009B Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
MEM18055B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Mechanical tradesperson (traditionally referred to as Fitting and Machining Tradesperson) at level C10 under the Metal, Engineering and Associated Industries Award.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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