Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

National Code: MEM30305


This course is for those employed as an apprentice in the manufacturing, engineering and related industry areas. Apprentices will acquire skills and knowledge in workplace communication, workplace health and safety, quality procedures systems and planning, engineering measurement, computations and computer technology. Industry-specific skills in welding and boiler making that are relevant to either current or intended employment will also be taught.

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Up to 48 months 
Metal Fabricator (Boilermaker) Metal Fabricator (Boilermaker)

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Course Admission Requirements

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.

  • Upfront Payment

    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

    Employment outcomes related to this qualification are found in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors as well as Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication roles in other industries. Occupational titles that this qualification is suitable for may vary and include metal fabrication tradesperson, boilermaker, 1st class sheet metal worker, 1st class welder, moulder, foundry tradesperson and patternmaker.

    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 - Fabrication Trade (MEM30305)
    Skills covered include engineering measurements, computations, quality systems and procedures, organisation and communication and workplace safety. 12 core units plus elective units.

    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.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 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 fabrication, forming and shaping techniques 80
    Apply safe welding practices 40
    Assemble fabricated components 80
    Carry out mechanical cutting 20
    Interpret technical drawing 40
    Manually finish/polish materials 60
    Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes 40
    Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process 40
    Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process 40
    Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process 40
    Perform brazing and or silver soldering 20
    Perform general machining 80
    Perform geometric development 60
    Perform manual heating and thermal cutting 20
    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
    Repair/replace/modify fabrications 40
    Select welding processes 20
    Undertake manual handling 20
    Use hand tools 20
    Use power tools/hand held operations 20
    Weld using gas metal arc welding process 40
    Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process 40
    Weld using manual metal arc welding process 40
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