Certificate III in Engineering - Technical

National Code: MEM30505


Interested in drafting and design? This nationally recognised course will get you started for a career in a drafting office or as an engineering technician. Gain the skills you need to produce detailed drawings and 3D models, and design and develop prototypes using computer-aided design (CAD) programs and processes. You’ll learn all about the computing technology and software used in the workplace; how to use CAD programs, computers and peripherals; and gain an understanding of basic mechanical components, drive components, pneumatic systems, and hydraulic systems. It’s your career, you choose where it will take you with TAFE SA.

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12 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

Total Fees for the 12 month course
$794 - $1,484
$449 - $839
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$4,301 - $8,041

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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

    Successful completion of this course can lead to employment in a drafting office or as an engineering technician.

    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 - Technical (MEM30505)
    This course covers the skills needed to produce drawings and 3D models, and design and develop prototypes using computer-aided design (CAD) programs and processes. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 7 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Interact with computing technology 20
    Organise and communicate information 20
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment 40
    Calculate force systems within simple beam structures 40
    Contribute to the design of basic mechanical systems 40
    Interpret technical drawing 40
    Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements 40
    Perform basic statistical quality control 20
    Perform computations 30
    Perform engineering measurements 30
    Prepare a simple cost estimate for a manufactured product 20
    Prepare basic programs for programmable logic controllers 20
    Produce basic engineering drawings 80
    Produce basic engineering graphics 40
    Produce engineering drawings 80
    Select common engineering materials 40
    Set up basic hydraulic circuits 40
    Set up basic pneumatic circuits 40
    Use CAD to create and display 3D models 80
    Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings 60
    Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models 40
    Use hand tools 20
    Work effectively in an engineering drafting workplace 20
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