Offering Info

Certificate IV in Engineering (Heavy Fabrication)

  • National Course Code: MEM40105
  • TAFE NSW code: MEM40105-04V06-21WLG-999

Location – Wollongong - Apprenticeship

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

7.5 Hours per week


1 Year

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Engineering Heavy Fabrication prepares you for a career as a boilermaker or fabrication tradesperson. Graduate with post-trade level skills in fitting and machining, metal fabrication and welding and move into leadership and management roles.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Engage with engineering measurements and principles
  • Perform engineering computations with computer technology
  • Complete metal fabrication, boilermaking and welding skills in gas tungsten arc welding, silver soldering, thermal cutting, sheet and plate assembly
  • Safely use workshop tools
  • Ensure quality assurance procedures
  • Lead and supervise teams
  • Communicate and plan in the workplace


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Complex problem solving skills
  • An aptitude for mechanical tasks
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Reliability and self-motivation
  • Effective communication skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Experience working on key engineering and fabrication challenges in a real workshop
  • A network of professional peers
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level

Career opportunities:

  • Boilermaker
  • Fabrication tradesperson
  • Mechanical engineering draftsperson
  • Pressure welder
  • Advanced fabrication technician
  • Advanced mechanical maintenance technician
  • CAM programmer


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade

This course is superseded.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 IV in Engineering (Heavy Fabrication) as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.

To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the fabrication industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

Enquire today and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements.


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

  • Adaptability to work in different environments, including on and offsite, outdoors, indoors, in confined spaces and in high temperature environments
  • Completed your NSW School Certificate or equivalent level of education
  • Numeracy and literacy skills at a Year 10 or equivalent level
  • Fitness at an intermediate level to manage the physical demands of the role

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

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to undertake RUReady testing prior to undertaking any study
  • to successfully complete all units of competency
  • to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): including steel cap boots, cotton drill work clothes, safety glasses and a welding shield.
  • to supply pens, pencils, paper and a calculator

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a face to face part time evening course. You will need to attend approximately 5.5 hours of class, over 2 evenings a week, for 30 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 2 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 1 hour of additional study each week outside of class hours, including content review and assessment preparation.

When applicable, students will have the option to study flexibly from remote TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centres or home.
NOTE Alternatively there will also be 5 day block arrangements set for each semester. Block 1 will run from the 15 March to 19 March 2021, Block 2 will run from 7 June to 11 June 2021. Students will be required to nominate which practical delivery option they will undertake on application.

For any students wishing to apply for Recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer please provide this information to the teaching section prior to starting the course so that accurate fees can be calculated for this course. For any study completed more than 10 years ago, this will be treated as Recognition or Prior Learning not Credit transfer under Smart and Skilled guidelines.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are currently working in the Engineering industry and have an apprenticeship for this qualification.
  • have completed their Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade. Students enrolling in this qualification will undertake study in AS1796 pressure welding (Practical and Theory), Advanced Maths, Non-destructive testing and CAD Drafting (2D and 3D).
  • wish to further advance their career in the Metal Fabrication industry

If you are not an apprentice, please contact the TAFE NSW on 131601 to discuss your options prior to enrolment, as other training options may be available for this offering.


There is a new training package for 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

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm for theory and Thursday from 5.30pm to 9.00pm for practical training. 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

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures
MEM15002A Apply quality systems
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM12024A Perform computations
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
Elective Units
Number Title
MEM05010C Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
MEM05052A Apply safe welding practices
MEM05026C Apply welding principles
MEM05011D Assemble fabricated components
MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM09009C Create 2D drawings using computer aided design system
MEM09010C Create 3D models using computer aided design system
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM12007D Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
MEM05008C Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping
MEM05048B Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process
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
MEM05009C Perform automated thermal cutting
MEM24003B Perform basic magnetic particle testing
MEM24001B Perform basic penetrant testing
MEM05037C Perform geometric development
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05045B Perform pipe welds to code standards using manual metal arc welding process
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM03003B Perform sheet and plate assembly
MEM05042B Perform welds to code standards using flux core arc welding process
MEM05043B Perform welds to code standards using gas metal arc welding process
MEM05044B Perform welds to code standards using gas tungsten arc welding process
MEM05046B Perform welds to code standards using manual metal arc welding process
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

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

Higher engineering tradesperson or advanced engineering tradesperson at level C7 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

Foleys Lane, North Wollongong
Phone 131 601

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