• On Campus

Course Overview

Course Type:
Accredited course
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus

Enquire Online

Provide your details below and we'll be in contact soon!


Course Duration:
3 years
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
Ongoing Port of Sale Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-4:05pm
Ongoing Port of Sale Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am-4:05pm
Ongoing Yallourn Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-4:05pm
Ongoing Yallourn Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Ongoing Yallourn Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

About this course

Designed to provide an industry recognised skills related to trade work as a mechanical tradesperson, this apprenticeship course will give you the skills to carry out a range of skills required to work in the metals and engineering industry.
As an apprentice, you’ll be required to attend off-the-job training (trade school) one day per week for approximately three years at either our Yallourn or Port of Sale campus.

Do you see yourself working as a mechanical tradesperson, fitter and turner, fitter and machinist, maintenance fitter, diesel fitter, refrigeration mechanic or something similar?
If you’re currently engaged in your engineering apprenticeship and are interested in mechanics, this is the perfect course to help you specialise in the area you’re passionate about.
A Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade will take you where you want to go with industry-recognised skills. You’ll mix on and off-the-job training, with a combination of classroom-based studies and a simulated workshop environment where you can put your new skills into action!
Over a course of three years, this hands-on course will see you attend one day of trade school per week as you upskill yourself and take that knowledge back to your workplace - meaning you can earn and learn at the same time!
Go on to work in a wide range of mechanical and engineering roles including 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.
Take your studies further by completing a Certificate IV in Engineering (computer-aided manufacture), or an Advanced Diploma of Engineering (not offered at TAFE Gippsland). These courses will enhance your employment opportunities, giving you specialised skills and knowledge.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade specifies 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.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further training pathways from this qualification include MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering and MEM50119 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade or other relevant qualifications

Skills or Knowledge gained

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. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: No

Mandatory entry requirements:

Apprenticeship. Must be registered with the Australian Apprenticeship Commission. Must be an Australian apprentice.

Recommended entry Requirements:

Cert II Engineering pathways or Engineering VDSS

Limitations to course Entry:

If aged between 15 and 17 years of age will require a school release form from there school.

Minimum Industry Requirement

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

There is no qualification entry requirement. It is assumed that the learner is engaged as an apprentice under a Training Contract and that the learner is receiving appropriate structured on the job training while undertaking this qualification.

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: No

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $940.00 $4,700.00 $20,200.00
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $2,050.00 $2,050.00 $2,050.00
Total $2,990.00 $6,750.00 $22,250.00
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with fees

Sample course units

MEM05005 Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM06007 Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing
MEM07005 Perform general machining
MEM07006 Perform lathe operations
MEM07007 Perform milling operations
MEM07008 Perform grinding operations
MEM07015 Set computer controlled machines and processes
MEM07016 Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes
MEM07021 Perform complex lathe operations
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling
MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement
MEM12006 Mark off/out (general engineering)
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024 Perform computations
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM14006 Plan work activities
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM18001 Use hand tools
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM18003 Use tools for precision work
MEM18005 Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
MEM18006 Perform precision fitting of engineering components
MEM18007 Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies
MEM18009 Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
MEM18018 Maintain pneumatic system components
MEM18020 Maintain hydraulic system components
MEM18055 Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.