Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade

National Code: MEM50105


This qualification has been developed to help address the current skills shortage within the engineering sector. It aims to provide you with an industry based qualification and provide a more efficient career pathway for graduates and tradespeople.

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Up to 18 months 

Part Time

Mechanical Production and Plant Engineers Mechanical Production and Plant Engineers,  Metal Fitters & MachinistsMetal Fitters & Machinists

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Course Admission Requirements

  • 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 18 month course
$3,028 - $3,105
$9,085 - $9,315
$2,317 - $2,376
$6,952 - $7,128

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
$9,691 - $9,936
$29,072 - $29,808
    • Students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
  • Upfront Payment

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

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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 specifies the competencies required for employment as an Advanced Engineering Tradesperson - Level II in mechanical, electrical/ electronic or fabrication trade disciplines.

    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

    Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade (MEM50105)
    This course provides skills in engineering measurements, computations, quality systems and procedures, organisation and communication, interpreting technical specifications and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 18 core units and specialisation units totalling 117 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 mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment 40
    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
    Communicate with individuals and small groups 20
    Interact with computing technology 20
    Interpret technical specifications and manuals 40
    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
    Report technical information 20
    Research and analyse engineering information 20
    Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations 20
    Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment 10


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse plant and equipment condition monitoring results 40
    Apply basic engineering design concepts 60
    Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques 80
    Apply metallurgy principles 40
    Apply safe welding practices 40
    Apply welding principles 40
    Carry out mechanical cutting 20
    Conduct product and/or process capability studies 60
    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
    Diagnose and rectify automatic transmissions 80
    Diagnose and rectify braking systems 60
    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
    Give formal presentations and take part in meetings 20
    Interpret technical drawing 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
    Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes 40
    Modify complex electrical circuits and systems 60
    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 computer controlled machines/processes 20
    Operate in a self-directed team 20
    Operate mobile load shifting equipment 40
    Overhaul engine fuel system components 80
    Participate in quality assurance techniques 30
    Perform advanced engineering detail drawing 40
    Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping 20
    Perform advanced mechanical detail drawing 40
    Perform advanced statistical quality control 20
    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 automated thermal cutting 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 electrical/electronic measurement 20
    Perform electro-discharge machining operations (EDM) 40
    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 inspection 20
    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 machining operations using horizontal and/or vertical boring machines 40
    Perform manual heating and thermal cutting 20
    Perform manual soldering/desoldering - electrical/electronic components 40
    Perform milling operations 40
    Perform pipe welds to code standards using manual metal arc welding process 60
    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
    Prepare basic engineering drawing 80
    Program CNC wire cut machines 20
    Program NC/CNC machining centre 20
    Repair and fit engineering components 60
    Schedule material deliveries 80
    Select and control inspection processes and procedures 40
    Select welding processes 20
    Service combustion engines 20
    Set and edit computer controlled machines/processes 40
    Set computer controlled machines/processes 20
    Set up marine vessel structures 40
    Supervise occupational health and safety in an industrial work environment 40
    Undertake basic process planning 80
    Undertake basic production scheduling 80
    Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace 30
    Use basic preventative maintenance techniques and tools 40
    Use comparison and basic measuring devices 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
    Write basic NC/CNC programs 40
    Write reports 20
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