Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus
3 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Port of Sale, Yallourn

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Course Overview

Are you already studying your apprenticeship in Engineering? Are you thinking of specialising in a certain area? There has never been a better time to up-skill.

Specialising in fabrication will put you ahead of the game in your future workplace and this course is the perfect way to do it.

You’ll combine on-the-job learning strategies with formal theory, while also learning about metal fabrication, forging, founding, erecting structural steel, metal spinning, metal polishing, electroplating, sheet metal work, welding, and using specialised computers and equipment.

What’s even better, is if you have prior knowledge of fabrication, you may also achieve your Certificate III through a formal skills recognition assessment process – how good is that?!

Taught over three years, this course could not be more flexible. You can study full-time or part-time, and it also combines on-campus and workplace training, so you put your new skills into action right away.

And when you finish your Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Apprenticeship), there are so many options available in the workforce. You’ll be able to gain real-world experience and earn a living as a Boiler Maker/Sheetmetal Tradesperson, a Certified Welder, or a Welding Supervisor and Inspector, just to name a few!

You might also like to take your career further by studying a Certificate IV in Engineering. This course will further your skills and increase your employment opportunities in the future. We’ll support you with everything you need to complete that course, if that’s the path you choose.

So, if you’re looking to gain the skills and knowledge required to work in engineering, manufacturing and the associated areas where fabrication work is needed, a Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Apprenticeship) is the perfect platform to get there.

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


Sheet metal stream  
Campus Attendance Days
Port of Sale Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am–4:30pm
Yallourn Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00am–4:30pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

  • Boilermaking/Sheetmetal Tradesperson
  • Certified Welder
  • Welding Supervisor and Inspector

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Must be registered with the Australian apprenticeship commission.Must be an Australian Apprentice.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Certificate 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

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Appropriate Personal protective equipment (PPE)

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
MEM05004Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding
MEM05005Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM05007Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05008Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping
MEM05009Perform automated thermal cutting
MEM05010Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
MEM05011Assemble Fabricated Components
MEM05012Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05015Weld Using Manual Metal Arc Welding Process
MEM05016Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process
MEM05017Weld Using Gas Metal Arc Welding Process
MEM05019Weld Using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process
MEM05036Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications
MEM05037Perform Geometric Development
MEM05049Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05050Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05051Select welding processes
MEM05052Apply safe welding practices
MEM05056Perform routine flux core arc welding
MEM07032Use workshop machines for basic operations
MEM09002Interpret technical drawing
MEM09003Prepare basic engineering drawing
MEM11011Undertake manual handling
MEM12007Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
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
MSMENV272Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices


Written and Practical assessments for each unit of competency