Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

National Code: MEM30205


This dynamic Apprenticeship in mechanical engineering provides the foundation skills and knowledge for design, development and specifications of manufactured and installed components or systems.

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Up to 48 months 
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Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
$354 - $369
$2,832 - $2,950
$192 - $200
$1,536 - $1,600

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

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    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification covers the competencies required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical including the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of all mechanical equipment, machinery, fluid power systems, stationary and mobile equipment, instruments, refrigeration, and the use of computer controlled machine tools. Employment outcomes related to this qualification are found in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors as well as Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical roles in other industries.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (MEM30205)
    This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to work as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or other industries where Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical work. The qualification has been specifically developed for apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units and specialisation units totalling 113 points.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
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    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment 10
    Apply quality procedures 10
    Apply quality systems 20
    Assist in the provision of on the job training 20
    Interact with computing technology 20
    Organise and communicate information 20
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Perform computations 30
    Perform engineering measurements 30
    Plan a complete activity 20
    Plan to undertake a routine task 10
    Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment 10


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment 40
    Apply safe welding practices 40
    Assist in the development and deliver training in the workplace 20
    Balance equipment 20
    Carry out mechanical cutting 20
    Carry out plant isolation and tagging 40
    Conduct formal interviews and negotations 40
    Conduct local risk assessment 20
    Conduct workplace assessment 20
    Create 2D code files using computer aided manufacturing system 40
    Create 3D code files using computer aided manufacturing system 60
    Diagnose and rectify automatic transmissions 80
    Diagnose and rectify braking systems 60
    Diagnose and rectify drive line and final drives 40
    Diagnose and rectify low voltage charging systems 20
    Diagnose and rectify low voltage electrical systems 80
    Diagnose and rectify manual transmissions 40
    Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components 30
    Enter and change programmable controller operational parameters 20
    Enter and work in confined spaces 30
    Enter confined space 20
    Enter confined space 30
    Gas test atmospheres 30
    Give formal presentations and take part in meetings 20
    Install machine/plant 40
    Interpret technical drawing 40
    Licence to perform dogging 80
    Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment 40
    Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies 40
    Maintain engine cooling systems 20
    Maintain engine lubrication systems 20
    Maintain fluid power controls 80
    Maintain hydraulic system components 40
    Maintain hydraulic systems 40
    Maintain induction/exhaust systems 40
    Maintain pneumatic system components 40
    Maintain pneumatic systems 40
    Maintain steering systems 40
    Maintain suspension systems 40
    Maintain tools and dies 40
    Manufacture cavity dies 80
    Manufacture press tools and gauges 80
    Mark off/out (general engineering) 40
    Operate a forklift 40
    Operate and monitor machine/process 40
    Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities 20
    Operate breathing apparatus 20
    Operate computer controlled machines/processes 20
    Operate in a self-directed team 20
    Order materials 20
    Perform basic engineering detail drafting 80
    Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing 20
    Perform brazing and or silver soldering 20
    Perform complex grinding operations 40
    Perform complex lathe operations 40
    Perform complex milling operations 40
    Perform electro-discharge machining operations (EDM) 40
    Perform emergency first aid 10
    Perform engine bottom-end overhaul 40
    Perform engine top-end overhaul 80
    Perform equipment condition monitoring and recording 40
    Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings 40
    Perform general machining 80
    Perform gland packing 20
    Perform grinding operations 40
    Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals 20
    Perform internal/external customer service 20
    Perform lathe operations 40
    Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components 40
    Perform machine setting (complex) 80
    Perform manual heating and thermal cutting 20
    Perform milling operations 40
    Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment 20
    Perform precision mechanical measurement 20
    Perform precision shaping/planing/slotting operations 40
    Perform routine gas metal arc welding 20
    Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding 20
    Perform routine manual metal arc welding 20
    Perform routine oxy acetylene welding 20
    Perform sheet and plate assembly 40
    Prepare basic engineering drawing 80
    Program CNC wire cut machines 20
    Program multiple spindle and/or multiple axis NC/CNC machining centre 20
    Program NC/CNC machining centre 20
    Repair and fit engineering components 60
    Select welding processes 20
    Service combustion engines 20
    Set and edit computer controlled machines/processes 40
    Set computer controlled machines/processes 20
    Shut down and isolate machines/equipment 20
    Supervise occupational health and safety in an industrial work environment 40
    Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems 40
    Undertake basic process planning 80
    Undertake basic production scheduling 80
    Undertake manual handling 20
    Use hand tools 20
    Use power tools/hand held operations 20
    Use tools for precision work 40
    Weld using flux core arc welding process 40
    Weld using gas metal arc welding process 40
    Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process 40
    Weld using manual metal arc welding process 40
    Work in accordance with an issued permit 20
    Work safely at heights 20
    Write basic NC/CNC programs 40
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