Offering Info

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

  • National Course Code: MEM30305
  • TAFE NSW code: MEM30305-01V07-21BEG-999

Location – Bega - Apprenticeship

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

7.5 Hours per week


3 Years

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

Course Details

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This course is superseded.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 - Fabrication Trade as an apprenticeship.

To be eligible for this course, you must:

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


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful:

  • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) - you will need this before you can enter a construction site


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

  • Completed Year 10 of high school
  • A good understanding of Maths and English
  • A strong work ethic
  • The ability to work in confined spaces, hot working environments and in onsite or offsite environments
  • A reasonable level of physical fitness

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 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 Fabrication Tradesman after successful completion

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to satisfy all requirements of your NSW apprenticeship training plan. This includes all TAFE NSW assessment requirements along with all employer confirmation of competency.
  • to provide and bring to each session appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which may include: safety glasses, gloves, safety footwear, suitable clothing such as cotton drill work wear and other equipment (e.g. ear protection or respiratory masks) in line with industry requirements for their workplace or worksite.

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!


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Wednesday 20 January 2021 | 1.00pm | An online Information Session will be conducted via a Microsoft Teams link:


This is a face to face part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 7.5 hours of class, 1 day a week, for 32 weeks per year over 3 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including content review and assessment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are new apprentice metal fabricators and welders as this stream is set up for Heavy fabricators.


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 will 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

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 8.00am to 4.00pm. 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?


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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

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.
The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Elective Units
Number Title
MEM05010C Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures
MEM15002A Apply quality systems
MEM05052A Apply safe welding practices
MEM05011D Assemble fabricated components
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training
MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM12007D Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM05018C Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process
MEM05020C Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process
MEM05016C Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process
MEM12024A Perform computations
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
MEM05037C Perform geometric development
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task
MEM05051A Select welding processes
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling
MEM18001C Use hand tools
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM05047B Weld using flux core arc welding process
MEM05017D Weld using gas metal arc welding process
MEM05019D Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
MEM05015D Weld using manual metal arc welding process
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

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

Fabrication tradesperson (traditionally referred to as Welding, Boilermaking or Sheetmetal tradesperson). It would be expected that a Fabrication tradesperson would be working 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

3 - 33 Barrack Street, Bega
Phone 131 601

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