Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

National Code: MEM31922
TAFE SA Code: TP01420


Start your career in engineering and fabrication with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade. This hands-on course is designed for apprentice boilermakers and welders in mining, manufacturing, and shipping. Here in SA, most boilermakers work in the manufacturing, construction, and mining industries, and there is especially high demand for skilled tradespeople in the ship and submarine building industry. Boilermakers generally work indoors in large workshops, or on construction sites during heavy engineering construction, such as shipbuilding or mineral processing plant equipment. Learn about fabrication techniques including forging and founding, welding and thermal cutting processes, and have the opportunity to go on to further specialist training with TAFE SA.

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48 months 
Metal Fabricator (Boilermaker)
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
$616 - $607
$4,928 - $4,855
$363 - $357
$2,903 - $2,860
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

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.

  • Upfront Payment

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

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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

    Employment outcomes related to this qualification are found in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors as well as Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication roles in other industries. Occupational titles that this qualification is suitable for may vary and include metal fabrication tradesperson, boilermaker, 1st class sheet metal worker, 1st class welder, moulder, foundry tradesperson and patternmaker.

    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 - Fabrication Trade (MEM31922)
    This course covers engineering measurements, computations, quality systems and procedures, organisation and communication and workplace safety. 12 core units plus elective units. 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.

    * 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
    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
    Plan work activities 40
    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
    Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques 80
    Apply safe welding practices 40
    Assemble fabricated components 80
    Manually finish/polish materials 60
    Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes 40
    Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping 20
    Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process 60
    Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process 40
    Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process 60
    Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process 40
    Perform basic penetrant testing 20
    Perform brazing and/or silver soldering 20
    Perform geometric development 60
    Perform inspection 20
    Perform manual heating and thermal cutting 20
    Perform routine flux core arc welding 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 fuel gas welding 20
    Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications 40
    Select welding processes 20
    Weld using flux core arc welding process 60
    Weld using gas metal arc welding process 40
    Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process 40
    Weld using manual metal arc welding process 40
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