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Diploma of Engineering - Technical (Mechanical)

  • National Course Code: MEM50212
  • TAFE NSW code: MEM50212-04V04-21NEW-468

Location – Newcastle





Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

12.4 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma in Engineering - Technical (Mechanical) equips you with the practical skills and technical knowledge you need to work as an engineering technician. You'll learn from experienced professionals and graduate ready to take your career to the next level.


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

  • Organise and analyse information
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Select engineering materials
  • Apply mathematical techniques
  • Promote environmentally sustainable work practice


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Complex problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication
  • An interest in technical details in engineering design, principles and concepts
  • An aptitude for practical and mechanical tasks


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited Diploma level qualification
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Engineering technician at level C5
  • Para-professional engineer
  • Maintenance planner
  • Engineering supervisor
  • Sales engineer
  • Design and development engineer


Take your career further with the:

  • Advanced Diploma of 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 qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Diploma of Engineering - Technical (Mechanical) as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the mechanical 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, it is recommended that you have:

  • Some experience in engineering or manufacturing fields or have undertaken engineering studies at school at a Year 12 level
  • Good organisational skills and can multitask and respond well to rapid change
  • An eye for detail and logic, spatial reasoning and are process oriented
  • Access to personal computer equipment outside of on-campus hours

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 have:

  • Completed year 12 (including Mathematics) or an equivalent level of education.

It is highly recommended that students complete the MEM30505 Certificate III Engineering Technical before entering this course.
The MEM30505 Cert III Engineering Technical course is exactly half the units of the MEM50212 Diploma, and is an excellent introduction to the method of delivery (Blended)and the mathematics required for a technical course, especially for those students who have not studied for a while.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a flexible course. You will need to attend approximately 12.4 hours of class a week for 2 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 4.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation and research.

This course is delivered through a blended learning style with learning materials available online where students are required to upload their assignments into the online learning platform. Attendance will be required for tests, a tutorial room is available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 9.00am and 8.00pm. Students need to attend tutorial or face to face sessions when requiring help to receive face to face learning help from their teachers. Students are also able to use this tutorial room for block release patterned study if they live remotely.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Are job seekers wishing to gain entry in an engineering support role or already employed but looking to change into a technical role.

This cohort would have completed Year 12 or equivalent level of post school education.

Typically students entering this course have completed the MEM30505 Certificate III in Engineering Technical before enrolling in this course.

Some students will be wanting to progress to the MEM60112 Advanced Diploma of Engineering at the completion of this course. This Diploma course is used to stage students into the Advanced Diploma and to establish their commitment and capability to these vocational outcomes.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

Detailed current information on these TAFE NSW Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each TAFE NSW campus location.

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.

Learning materials are available online, and students are required to upload their assignments into the online platform. Attendance will be required for tests.

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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


All resources are offered at the Newcastle campus for study in this course. However if the student undertakes study at home, they will need:

  • Access to a computer that can run Microsoft Office 365, run Autodesk products (AutoCAD and Inventor) - see the AutoDesk website for computer specifications, A4 and A3 printing and scanning, and internet access.
  • Scientific Calculator and technical drawing equipment (drawing pencils, compass, protractor, set squares etc.)
  • Technical text books either borrowed from the TAFE library, or purchased.

Text books required are (approx $400):

  • 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
  • Engineering Mechanics, Ivanoff V., McGraw- Hill , ISBN-13: 978007101003-0
  • Materials Their properties testing and selection, Sheedy P.A., ISBN-13: 978095929070-7
  • Manage Workplace Learning, Aspire Training & Consulting, ISBN 978-1-74042-365-6

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Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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Core Units
Number Title
MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM30007A Select common engineering materials
Elective Units
Number Title
MEM30008A Apply basic economic and ergonomic concepts to evaluate engineering applications
MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics
MEM30005A Calculate force systems within simple beam structures
MEM30006A Calculate stresses in simple structures
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM22002A Manage self in the engineering environment
MSS405012A Manage workplace learning
MEM30031A Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements
MEM15001B Perform basic statistical quality control
MEM12024A Perform computations
MEM30032A Produce basic engineering drawings
MEM13010A Supervise occupational health and safety in an industrial work environment.
MEM14002B Undertake basic process planning
MEM12025A Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations
MSMWHS200 Work safely

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

Engineering Technician, at level C5 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

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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