The Light Fabrication stream of Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Engineering is an apprenticeship course that will see you master sheet metal working techniques that you can apply straight to the job.
Traditionally known as sheet metal work, the Light Fabrication course of study will equip you with the skills to work in general jobbing and the stainless steel fabrication industry. It covers skills such as marking out geometric patterns, metal shaping and forming, metal polishing to food grade standard. The course includes an extensive range of welding processes and you will be trained in the use of computer numeric controlled guillotine and press forming equipment.
Learn to be the best from the best
Melbourne Polytechnic was named the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA)’s Top Welding Training Organisation for 2013. Come and see why we are one of the best in this arena.
At Melbourne Polytechnic, you get the opportunity to work on special-purpose machinery in state-of-the-art facilities. Take your skills to the next level by qualifying as an Engineering tradesperson. You will develop specialised skills in interpreting drawings, cutting, forming, shaping, welding, engineering measurement and computing technology.
Industry connections and resources
Our industry-experienced teachers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to focus on workmanship, instil a sound work ethic and develop skills that are in demand in the industry.
Our resources are second to none, and include a computer lab, welding workshop and theory room, as well as a fully equipped fabrication workshop with all the tools and equipment you need to practise your skills. You will be spending 80% of your time in the workplace, where you will have the opportunity to put your learning into practise.
Melbourne Polytechnic also offers the Heavy Fabrication stream for the Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade through the Engineering Department.
This qualification is recognised by the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) and the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA).
This course ensures you have the highest level of skills and knowledge to be an asset to your workplace. Metal trades jobs cross many industries, among them mining, agriculture, transport, shipping, oil and gas drilling, and building and construction.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications or an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assess by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
Class Schedule: *
Monday to Friday 8:00am-16:45pm. Students are required to attend the college only one day per week; however, it could be any day of the week dependent on where places are available. The rest of the week is spent working with their employer. Some days students are not required to attend ie: over term break, however these days the student is required to attend work as normal.
Modes of DeliveryWorkplace, Face-to-face
Fees are calculated on a case by case basis.
The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessment will be carried out by competency testing of each unit.
MaterialsWhat we supply
- Student workbooks and resources
- Basic writing materials including a notebook and pens.
- Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
- Other equipment and materials needed and additional information will be given to you by the teaching department at time of enrolment or class induction.
Entrance RequirementsThe learner must be engaged as an apprentice under a training contract. A short literacy and numeracy test is required to be completed at enrolment.
Pathways to further studySuccessful completion of this course will enable you to progress into the Certificate IV in Engineering MEM40105. All the units completed in the Certificate III course are credited meaning that you would only have to complete approximately 360 hours of study to complete the Certificate IV.
Career PathwaysThe Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication (Light Stream) is a nationally recognised qualification, and will open the door onto a job as a sheet metal tradesperson or first class welder in the metals and engineering industry Australia-wide.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|MEM05004C||PERFORM ROUTINE OXY ACETYLENE WELDING||20|
|MEM05005B||CARRY OUT MECHANICAL CUTTING||20|
|MEM05006C||PERFORM BRAZING AND/OR SILVER SOLDERING||20|
|MEM05007C||PERFORM MANUAL HEATING AND THERMAL CUTTING||20|
|MEM05010C||APPLY FABRICATION, FORMING AND SHAPING TECHNIQUES||80|
|MEM05011D||ASSEMBLE FABRICATED COMPONENTS||80|
|MEM05017D||WELD USING GAS METAL ARC WELDING PROCESS||40|
|MEM05019D||WELD USING GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING PROCESS||40|
|MEM05037C||PERFORM GEOMETRIC DEVELOPMENT||60|
|MEM05049B||PERFORM ROUTINE GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING||20|
|MEM05050B||PERFORM ROUTINE GAS METAL ARC WELDING||20|
|MEM05051A||SELECT WELDING PROCESSES||20|
|MEM05052A||APPLY SAFE WELDING PRACTICES||40|
|MEM08010B||MANUALLY FINISH/POLISH MATERIALS||60|
|MEM09002B||INTERPRET TECHNICAL DRAWING||40|
|MEM11011B||UNDERTAKE MANUAL HANDLING||20|
|MEM12007D||MARK OFF/OUT STRUCTURAL FABRICATIONS AND SHAPES||40|
|MEM12023A||PERFORM ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS||30|
|MEM13003B||WORK SAFELY WITH INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS||20|
|MEM13014A||APPLY PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT||10|
|MEM14004A||PLAN TO UNDERTAKE A ROUTINE TASK||10|
|MEM14005A||PLAN A COMPLETE ACTIVITY||20|
|MEM15002A||APPLY QUALITY SYSTEMS||20|
|MEM15024A||APPLY QUALITY PROCEDURES||10|
|MEM16006A||ORGANISE AND COMMUNICATE INFORMATION||20|
|MEM16007A||WORK WITH OTHERS IN A MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING OR RELATED ENVIRONMENT||10|
|MEM16008A||INTERACT WITH COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY||20|
|MEM17003A||ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF ON THE JOB TRAINING||20|
|MEM18001C||USE HAND TOOLS||20|
|MEM18002B||USE POWER TOOLS/HAND HELD OPERATIONS||20|
|MSAENV272B||PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES||30|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.