Offering Info

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

  • National Course Code: MEM30205
  • TAFE NSW code: MEM30205-01V07-21ULT-476

Location – Ultimo (Fitting-Apprenticeship)

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

7 Hours per week


3 Years

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade is your pathway to becoming a fitting machinist, fitter and turner or CNC machinist. Discover skills in traditional and emerging technologies and be ready to join in-demand industries like mechanical engineering, oil and gas drilling, Defence Force construction 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 interpretation
  • Engineering principles
  • Communication and planning skills
  • WHS regulations and codes of practices

Be skilled in fitting and machining techniques including:

  • Lathe machine and milling machine operations
  • Surface grinding
  • Machine and equipment installation and alignment
  • Precision measurement and fitting techniques
  • Maintenance and overhaul procedures
  • Fluid power
  • Computer-controlled equipment


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

  • 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 will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level

Career opportunities:

  • Blacksmith
  • Boilermaker
  • Fabrication tradesperson
  • Pressure welder


Strengthen your knowledge and advance your career opportunities with these engineering study options:

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


The manufacturing and engineering industry employs around 590,000 workers in Australia and contributes $74 billion in gross value to our economy.

This course is superseded.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.

TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade as either an apprenticeship or non-apprenticeship, so you can design the career you want.

Depending on the course you choose and the campus you want to study at you will need to provide evidence that you meet all relevant entry criteria.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the mechanical trade industry evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application


There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice. Enquire today and our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will support you to understand any eligibility or entry requirements for our non-apprenticeship qualifications.


There is no work placement requirement for apprentices taking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Non-apprentices will need to be in either relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to complete the learning and assessment requirements.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Are adaptable to work in different environments, including outdoor and indoor work and confined spaces
  • Have completed year 10 of high school
  • Have a good understanding of Maths and English

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

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.(See the full packaging rules in

  • 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.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 7 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 108 weeks.

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


Participants in this programme are apprentices 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.


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
  • Student must be engaged in Apprenticeship prior to enrolment in this course.

There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • 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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

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:

  • This course is for apprentices, engaging in a Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Fitter Stream). Registration with state training services is required.


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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

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

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

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