Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus
24 to 36 months
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Port of Sale, Yallourn

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Course Overview

Do you see yourself working as a mechanical tradesperson, fitter and turner, fitter and machinist, maintenance fitter, diesel fitter, refrigeration mechanic or something similar?

Well, if you’re currently studying your Engineering apprenticeship, and have really taken a liking to mechanics, this is the perfect course to help you specialise in the area you’re passionate about.

A Certificate III in Engineering, specialising in 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!

When you finish this course, the list of employment opportunities really is endless. You’ll be able to work in a huge range of mechanical and engineering roles, like 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. There really is no limit!

You might even like to 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.

So, what are you waiting for? Become a mechanical tradesperson sooner and hone your skills in an area you’re passionate about with a Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Apprenticeship).

Please note, students must be a in a registered apprenticeship to undertake this course.


Port of Sale Monda, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday 8:00am–4:05pm
Yallourn Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00am–4:05pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

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

  • MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering (computer aided manufacture) (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced trade

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

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 VET DSS

Limitations to entry

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


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

  • Safety glasses
  • Steel cap work boots
  • Calculator
  • Pens and blank notebook
  • Work type (non flammable) clothing.

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Unit CodeUnit Description
MEM05005Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM06007Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing
MEM07005Perform general machining
MEM07006Perform lathe operations
MEM07007Perform milling operations
MEM07008Perform grinding operations
MEM07015Set computer controlled machines and processes
MEM07016Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes
MEM07021Perform complex lathe operations
MEM09002Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011Undertake manual handling
MEM12003Perform precision mechanical measurement
MEM12006Mark off/out (general engineering)
MEM12023Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024Perform computations
MEM13015Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM14006Plan work activities
MEM16006Organise and communicate information
MEM16008Interact with computing technology
MEM17003Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM18001Use hand tools
MEM18002Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM18003Use tools for precision work
MEM18005Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
MEM18006Perform precision fitting of engineering components
MEM18007Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies
MEM18009Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
MEM18018Maintain pneumatic system components
MEM18020Maintain hydraulic system components
MEM18055Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MSMENV272Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices


Assessment is competency based and includes observation, written assignments, tests and practical application in simulated workplace conditions.