Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

National Code: MEM20422
TAFE SA Code: TP01409


Interested in engineering but want to know more about the industry? This is the foundation course for you. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to boost your prospects of employment in an engineering, fitting and turning or fabrication and welding setting. Develop your broad-based underpinning skills and learn about a range of engineering and manufacturing tasks before you take on a mechanical fitter and turner or welding/fabrication apprenticeship or traineeship. You will learn how to use engineering tools and various welding equipment in a safe and industry-appropriate way. Get your start on trade skills at TAFE SA.

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3 months 

Full Time

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Information Session:

Tuesday August 20th 2024, 6pm-8pm Regency Park Campus, Lecture Theatre North

Information Session:

Tuesday 20th August 2024, 6pm-8pm Regency Park Campus, Lecture Theatre North

Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
This course is recommended for those with an interest and aptitude towards working in the Engineering sector.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Full time with classes 3 days a week.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need practical hands-on aptitude, good communication and interpersonal skills, basic literacy and numeracy skills and a basic understanding of concepts including measurements, volumes, levels, ratios, pressure, temperature and chemicals.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to purchase and wear your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots, safety glasses and appropriate workwear (eg long pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt) Riggers gloves (approx. $5-$10), Welding gloves (approx. $8-$25) and Welding Helmet (PAPR) (approx. $100 - $200). A powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) is required as TAFE SA regard these as the primary risk control for protection from welding fumes. The helmet must have a minimum shade 10 lens. These will be provided to students who are completing on campus delivery.

Total Fees for the 3 month course
$222 - $258
$222 - $258
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

Fee Free Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$7,252 - $8,428
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  • Employment Outcomes

    Job roles include Trade assistance in Manufacturing and engineering and Trainee production worker.

    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 II in Engineering Pathways (MEM20422)
    This qualification delivers broad-based underpinning skills and knowledge in a range of engineering and manufacturing tasks which will enhance the graduates’ entry-level employment prospects for apprenticeships, traineeships or general employment in an engineering-related workplace. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 8 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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
    Develop a career plan for the engineering and manufacturing industry 20
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Undertake a basic engineering project 80
    Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Adapt to work in industry 30
    Interact with computing technology 20
    Organise and communicate information 20
    Pull apart and re-assemble engineering mechanisms 30
    Undertake manual handling 20
    Use electric welding machines 40
    Use engineering workshop machines 60
    Use fabrication equipment 40
    Use hand tools 20
    Use power tools/hand held operations 20
    Work in a team 30
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