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Certificate III in Engineering - Technical

  • National Course Code: MEM30505
  • TAFE NSW code: MEM30505-01V05-22NEW-073

Location – Newcastle (Drafting/CAD Focus)





Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

10 Hours per week


1 year

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Engineering - Technical is your first step into a career in the world of engineering. You will learn the underpinning principles of engineering design in a range of specialist areas, and become prepared for further study or a trade apprenticeship.


Through a mix of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Organise and communicate information
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Strengthen your mechanical aptitude
  • Fire up your passion for engineering design
  • Enhance your communication skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Opportunities to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship in engineering
  • A strong technical foundation to build on with continued specialist studies

Career Opportunities:

  • Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician


Take your learning to the next level with a TAFE NSW engineering study pathway:

  • Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting
  • Diploma in Engineering - Technical (Mechanical)
  • Advanced Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)

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 are no entry requirements for this course. You can enrol now.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Engineering - Technical as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol in the course as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the engineering industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Completed Year 10 of high school and achieved good grades in Maths and English studies
  • An interest in engineering design, principles and concepts
  • Enthusiasm for practical skills in engineering and related areas
  • An aptitude for mechanical processes

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

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a variable, combination course. You must attend approximately 10 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 5-10 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

This course is delivered through a combination of self paced online learning and timetabled tutorial support. Online and face to face (class) tutorial support, is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with day and night tutorials, 9am to 8pm.
Attendance at Newcastle campus is only required when students need this support or when a test/assessment is required to be completed on campus. The timing of this can be negotiated with the individual learner.

The course will run for 1 year.

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

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


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?


If you do not attend face to face classes, you will need to provide the following resources which are retained on completion of study:

  • Access to a computer that can run Microsoft Office 365, Autodesk products (AutoCAD and Inventor) - see the AutoDesk website for computer specifications
  • Access to A4 and A3 printing and scanning and internet.

You will need to provide the following resources which are retained on completion of study:

  • Scientific Calculator and technical drawing equipment (drawing pencils, compass, protractor, set squares etc.)

Text books required are which can be borrowed from the TAFE library or purchased (approx $150):

  • Engineering Drawing 8th Edition, Boundy A.W, ISBN-13: 978-007101583-7, ISBN-10: 007101583-3
  • Mathematics for Technicians 7th Edition, Alldis B. & Kelly V., ISBN-13: 978-174307077-2, ISBN-10: 174307077-2


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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

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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.

Core Units
Number Title
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Number Title
MEM09204A Produce basic engineering detail drawings
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM12024A Perform computations
MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
MEM30031A Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements
MEM30032A Produce basic engineering drawings
MEM30033A Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models

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

Engineering Technician at level C9 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

Newcastle (Drafting/CAD Focus)
Phone 131 601

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