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.

This course 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 environment.

Application of mathematics and physics concepts to solve engineering problems. Evaluating and selecting engineering material to fulfill job requirements and comply with Australian standards.

There is a high focus on 3D computer aided design using Inventor.

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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.

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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

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.

    • Classes are delivered day and evening.
    • Students will need to have their own computer with software available at home. It is a responsibility of an individual student to organise computer and software to use at home. Educational software licenses will be available to all registered students.
    • The minimum hardware and software requirements are as follows: • PC or laptop running 64bit Windows 10. (Required CAD software will not run on any other operating system) • Two screens. If your computer has one screen only you may be able to connect HDMI enabled TV as a secondary screen. • Computer mouse – laptop touchpad is not good enough! • You will also need your own headphones with microphone for online sessions and for watching recordings in the classroom.
    • PC hardware: • CPU – 2.5GHz or faster (recommended 3GHz) • Minimum of 16Gb of RAM (recommended 32Gb) • Minimum of 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant (recommended 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant) • Minimum display resolution 1280 x 1024
    • Software installed: • Ms office or equivalent (e.g. Libre office, Open office etc.) • PDF viewer • File compression software (e.g. 7z) • Internet browsers (Edge, Firefox, Chrome) • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2021 – The software is available for download from Autodesk website. Please register with Autodesk using your TAFE email address to get student software license. Important – the only version accepted by TAFE this year is the 2021 version, older or newer versions of Inventor software are not allowed, and any work done in different version will not be accepted.
    • 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)
    This course is designed for those wanting to work as an engineering technician, carrying out tasks such as engineering design and quality control/assurance monitoring. 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 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
    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 Engineering mechanic principles 60
    Apply technical mathematics 80
    Calculate force systems within simple beam structures 40
    Calculate stresses in simple structures 40
    Create 3-D model assemblies using computer-aided design (CAD) system 80
    Create 3-D solid models using computer-aided design (CAD) system 80
    Implement and monitor energy sector OHS policies and procedures 20
    Interpret technical drawing 40
    Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements 40
    Perform computations 30
    Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6
    Produce basic engineering detail drawings 80
    Report technical information 20
    Supervise and coordinate energy sector work activities 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)
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