Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

National Code: MEM30219
TAFE SA Code: TP01141


This nationally accredited course for trade apprentices is your entry point into mechanical engineering . Become a fitter and turner, toolmaker, metal worker, or boilermaker. Gain the hands-on skills you need to work to quality standards in a manufacturing or engineering environment. You’ll learn about undertaking fitting, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, maintenance and service of mechanical equipment and the use of machine tools.

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48 months 
Mechanical Production and Plant Engineers
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
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Total Fees for the 48 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This course covers the competencies required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical including the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of all mechanical equipment, machinery, fluid power systems, stationary and mobile equipment, instruments, refrigeration, and the use of computer controlled machine tools. Employment outcomes related to this qualification are found in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors as well as Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical roles in other industries.

    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 - Mechanical Trade (MEM30219)
    This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to work as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or other industries where Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical work. The qualification has been specifically developed for apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units and specialisation units totalling 63 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 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
    Assist in the provision of on-the-job training 20
    Interact with computing technology 20
    Interpret technical drawing 40
    Organise and communicate information 20
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Perform computations 30
    Perform engineering measurements 30
    Prepare basic engineering drawing 80
    Undertake manual handling 20
    Use hand tools 20
    Use power tools/hand held operations 20
    Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Dismantle, replace & assemble engineering components 30
    Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies 40
    Maintain hydraulic system components 40
    Maintain pneumatic system components 40
    Mark off/out (general engineering) 40
    Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping 20
    Perform basic penetrant testing 20
    Perform brazing and/or silver soldering 20
    Perform complex lathe operations 40
    Perform fault diagnosis, installation & removal of bearings 40
    Perform general machining 80
    Perform gland packing 20
    Perform grinding operations 40
    Perform inspection 20
    Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals 20
    Perform lathe operations 40
    Perform milling operations 40
    Perform precision fitting of engineering components 60
    Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components 40
    Perform precision mechanical measurement 20
    Perform routine gas metal arc welding 20
    Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding 20
    Plan work activities 40
    Select welding processes 20
    Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes 40
    Set computer controlled machines and processes 20
    Use tools for precision work 40
    Use workshop machines for basic operations 20
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