Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Apprenticeship)

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.

Course Code


Course Type

Accredited Course


Study mode

On Campus


3 years


Port of Sale



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

Career opportunities

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

Opportunities for further study

Qualifications and Recognition

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


Not Applicable

Specialist Course Information


Material and Equipment Supplied by Students

Appropriate Personal protective equipment (PPE)

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 VDSS

Limitations to entry

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

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To find out more visit the TAFE Gippsland website or contact us to discuss your option.

Course cost

For the course cost please visit the TAFE Gippsland website or cal 1300 133 717.

MEM12007 Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
MEM05056 Perform routine flux core arc welding
MEM05037 Perform Geometric Development
MEM05019 Weld Using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process
MEM05017 Weld Using Gas Metal Arc Welding Process
MEM05016 Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process
MEM05015 Weld Using Manual Metal Arc Welding Process
MEM05011 Assemble Fabricated Components
MEM05010 Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
MEM05009 Perform automated thermal cutting
MEM05004 Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding
MEM05052 Apply safe welding practices
MEM05051 Select welding processes
MEM05050 Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05049 Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05012 Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05008 Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping
MEM05007 Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05005 Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM12024 Perform computations
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM18001 Use hand tools
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information
MEM14006 Plan work activities
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices