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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
Online (With on-campus workshops)
16 months
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Course Overview

This qualification defines the skills and knowledge required for a higher engineering tradesperson within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries.

The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range of engineering work undertaken in the fields of refrigeration and air conditioning, casting and moulding, computer numerically controlled (CNC) programming, fluid power, heavy fabrication, instrumentation, maintenance, plant mechanics, marine electronics, mechatronics, patternmaking, robotics, toolmaking, welding and watch and clock services and repair, including post-trade work.

It provides the skills and knowledge for a person to understand and implement quality control techniques, exercise good interpersonal and communications skills, work from complex instructions and procedures, exercise discretion within the scope of responsibility, perform work under limited supervision either individually or in a team environment, be responsible for assuring the quality of their own work, provide trade guidance and assistance as part of a work team, perform non-trade tasks which are incidental or peripheral to the primary tasks and facilitate the completion of the whole task, inspect products and/or materials for conformity with established operational standards, operate lifting equipment incidental to their work and assists in the provision of training in conjunction with supervisors and trainers.

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. While there is no qualification entry requirement, it is assumed that the learner is either already a tradesperson with access to structured on and off-the-job training or is an apprentice under an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement. It should not be used as a pre-employment or pre-apprenticeship program. It is specifically designed to cover the skills and knowledge required of workers employed as Engineering/Manufacturing Tradesperson – Special Class Level II as defined in the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, in some jurisdictions units in this qualification may require a license. Licensing information is included in the relevant units of competence.

Go on, level up your engineering knowledge with this Certificate IV and help yourself open more doors in an industry that really is booming.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Yallourn Campus: Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm–9:00pm
Approximately 1 Saturday a month 8:30am–4:30pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Engineering (Pathway).

Career Opportunities

Possible job outcomes upon successful completion of this qualification include Drafting, entry level Estimating and entry level Supervision of employees within the Engineering Sector.

Opportunities for Further Study

  • MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering (not offered at TAFE Gippsland)
  • MEM601122 Advanced Diploma of Engineering (not offered at TAFE Gippsland)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

Certificate I, II, or III in Engineering or qualified tradesperson in a related field. It is recommended the learner has a basic understanding of being able to operate a computer.

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

Not Applicable

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

Course Modules

Course units
MEM18057 Maintain/service analog/digital electronic equipment
MEM17002 Conduct workplace assessment
MEM16014 Report technical information
MEM16012 Interpret technical specifications and manuals
MEM16011 Communicate with individuals and small groups
MEM16009 Research and analyse engineering information
MEM12005 Calibrate measuring equipment
MEM12004 Perform precision electrical/electronic measurement
MEM09011 Apply basic engineering design concepts
MEM09006 Perform advanced engineering detail drafting
MEM09005 Perform basic engineering detail drafting
MEM09004 Perform electrical or electronic detail drafting
MEM05001 Perform manual soldering/desoldering - electrical/electronic components  
MEM07015 Set computer controlled machines and processes
MEM12025 Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations  
MSS402051 Apply Quality Standards
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM24012C Apply Metallurgy Principles
MEM18055 Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MEM18020 Maintain hydraulic system components
MEM18018 Maintain pneumatic system components
MEM18006 Perform precision fitting of engineering components
MEM18003 Use tools for precision work
MEM12026 Perform advanced trade calculations in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
MEM12024 Perform computations
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements
MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement
MEM09003 Prepare basic engineering drawing
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information
MEM14006 Plan work activities
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM18001 Use hand tools
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations


Practical demonstrations in simulated work conditions, theory test