Certificate IV in Engineering

National Code: MEM40105


This course builds skills beyond that of a basic trade enabling you to specialise in particular trade disciplines or across trades.

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Up to 24 months 

Part Time

Mechanical Production and Plant Engineers Mechanical Production and Plant Engineers,  Metal Fabricator (Boilermaker)Metal Fabricator (Boilermaker)

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Course Admission Requirements

you must have:

  • You must be employed in a current Contract of Training studying in the third year of your apprenticeship, or have completed a Certificate III or equivalent in a Mechanical Engineering or Fabrication area, and provide evidence of this when you enrol
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by Date of application.
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
$1,832 - $1,887
$7,326 - $7,548
$1,386 - $1,428
$5,544 - $5,712

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
Full Fee
$5,940 - $6,120
$23,760 - $24,480
    • Students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy.
  • 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 Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson.

    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 IV in Engineering (MEM40105)
    This qualification provides skills in engineering measurements, computations, quality systems and procedures, organisation and communication and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units, specialisation units to the value of 12 points and elective units to the value of 109 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.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 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

    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
    Analyse plant and equipment condition monitoring results 40
    Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques 80
    Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment 40
    Apply metallurgy principles 40
    Apply safe welding practices 40
    Apply welding principles 40
    Assemble and install equipment and accessories/ancillaries 20
    Assemble fabricated components 80
    Balance equipment 20
    Calibrate measuring equipment 60
    Carry out mechanical cutting 20
    Create 2D code files using computer aided manufacturing system 40
    Create 2D drawings using computer aided design system 80
    Create 3D code files using computer aided manufacturing system 60
    Create 3D models using computer aided design system 40
    Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components 30
    Enter and change programmable controller operational parameters 20
    Fault find, test and calibrate instrumentation systems and equipment 80
    Interpret and produce curved 3-dimensional shapes 40
    Interpret technical drawing 40
    Interpret technical specifications and manuals 40
    Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment 40
    Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies 40
    Maintain fluid power controls 80
    Maintain hydraulic system components 40
    Maintain hydraulic systems 40
    Maintain pneumatic system components 40
    Maintain pneumatic systems 40
    Maintain tools and dies 40
    Maintain/service analog/digital electronic equipment 60
    Manually finish/polish materials 60
    Manufacture cavity dies 80
    Manufacture fluid conveying conductor assemblies 40
    Manufacture press tools and gauges 80
    Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes 40
    Modify fluid power system operation 80
    Modify mechanical systems and equipment 80
    Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications 20
    Operate and monitor machine/process 40
    Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities 20
    Operate computer controlled machines/processes 20
    Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment 40
    Operate mobile load shifting equipment 40
    Perform advanced engineering detail drawing 40
    Perform advanced geometric development - conical 20
    Perform advanced geometric development - cylindrical/rectangular 20
    Perform advanced geometric development - transitions 40
    Perform advanced mechanical detail drawing 40
    Perform advanced operation of load shifting equipment 20
    Perform advanced plastic processing 60
    Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process 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 advanced welding using oxy acetylene welding process 60
    Perform basic engineering detail drafting 80
    Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing 20
    Perform basic statistical quality control 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 equipment condition monitoring and recording 40
    Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings 40
    Perform general machining 80
    Perform geometric development 60
    Perform gland packing 20
    Perform grinding operations 40
    Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals 20
    Perform laboratory procedures 80
    Perform lathe operations 40
    Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components 40
    Perform machining operations using horizontal and/or vertical boring machines 40
    Perform manual heating and thermal cutting 20
    Perform manual production welding 20
    Perform milling operations 40
    Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment 20
    Perform pipe welds to code standards using manual metal arc welding process 60
    Perform precision jig boring operations 40
    Perform precision mechanical measurement 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 welding supervision 120
    Perform welding/fabrication inspection 120
    Perform welds to code standards using flux core arc welding process 60
    Perform welds to code standards using gas metal arc welding process 60
    Perform welds to code standards using gas tungsten arc welding process 60
    Perform welds to code standards using manual metal arc welding process 60
    Precision Electrical/Electronic Measurement 38
    Prepare basic engineering drawing 80
    Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means 20
    Program CNC wire cut machines 20
    Program multiple spindle and/or multiple axis NC/CNC machining centre 20
    Program NC/CNC machining centre 20
    Provide advanced customer service 20
    Repair and fit engineering components 60
    Repair/replace/modify fabrications 40
    Report technical information 20
    Select welding processes 20
    Set and edit computer controlled machines/processes 40
    Set computer controlled machines/processes 20
    Shut down and isolate machines/equipment 20
    Undertake dogging 40
    Undertake manual handling 20
    Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace 30
    Use comparison and basic measuring devices 20
    Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations 20
    Use hand tools 20
    Use power tools/hand held operations 20
    Use tools for precision work 40
    Use workshop machines for basic operations 20
    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
    Weld using submerged arc welding process 40
    Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials 20
    Work safely with molten metals/glass 20
    Write basic NC/CNC programs 40
    Write programs for industrial robots 40
    Write reports 20
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