Diploma of Engineering - Technical

National Code: MEM50212
TAFE SA Code: TP00482


Advance your career into a wide range of engineering technician job roles or obtain practical engineering skills as you pathway into an Associate Degree and university qualification.

The Diploma of Engineering – Technical qualification will enable you to work in engineering design, mechanical, civil, manufacturing para-professional or maintenance technician job roles.

With a focus on transferring theoretical concepts into real world engineering applications you will learn about computer aided design (CAD), drafting and civil design, cost estimating, basic mechanical design, material sciences, quality assurance and develop basic engineering hand skills in our workshops.

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Up to 18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
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
$1,130 - $2,317
$3,390 - $6,950
$530 - $1,087
$1,590 - $3,260

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 may apply to Subsidised Training.

Full Fee
$3,730 - $7,647
$11,190 - $22,940

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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    • Classes run between 4:00pm and 9:00pm.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • 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

    Possible job roles include CAD draftsperson, Maintenance/Service Technician, Civil/Mechanical/Mechatronics Technician, Engineering Technologist. These job roles are found in design offices/consultancies, defence industry, manufacturing, local and state government, oil and gas, transport and construction services organisations.

    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 - Technical (MEM50212)
    The course covers CAD, drafting, basic fluid power, basic mechanical design, production scheduling, cost estimating and non-destructive testing. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 15 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 mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment 40
    Interact with computing technology 20
    Organise and communicate information 20
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Select common engineering materials 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply basic engineering design concepts 60
    Apply construction principles to civil engineering works 60
    Calculate force systems within simple beam structures 40
    Contribute to the design of basic mechanical systems 40
    Detail standardised structural connections 60
    Detail structural steel members 80
    Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects 100
    Implement site investigation procedures 60
    Integrate manufacturing fundamentals into an engineering task 60
    Interpret architectural and engineering design specifications for structural steel detailing 40
    Interpret technical drawing 40
    Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements 40
    Participate in quality assurance techniques 30
    Perform advanced engineering detail drafting 80
    Perform basic statistical quality control 20
    Perform Civil Drafting 80
    Perform computations 30
    Perform mechanical engineering design drafting 80
    Prepare a simple cost estimate for a manufactured product 20
    Produce basic engineering detail drawings 80
    Produce basic engineering drawings 80
    Produce electrical schematic drawings 80
    Produce engineering drawings for a rural road 40
    Select and test mechanical engineering materials 60
    Supervise occupational health and safety in an industrial work environment 40
    Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models 40
    Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations 20
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Design Drafting)
    Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Site Management)
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering)
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