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Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade Boilermaking/Welding

Code: MEM31922

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4 years part time

Take the next step to becoming a boilermaker

Learn to work with heavy gauge metal parts and start your career in the metal fabrication industry. The Boilermaking/Welding stream of our Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade MEM31922 equips you with essential skills that you can apply straight to the job. This apprenticeship course helps you develop specialised boilermaking techniques, such as making and fixing boilers and pressurised storage tanks. You’ll learn from the best at Melbourne Polytechnic, identified as a Top Welding Training Organisation by the Welding Technology Institute of Australia.

Develop metal fabrication skills in real scenarios

You’ll gain real life experience and put your learning into practice with a course that sees you spending 80% of your time in the workplace. Experience the Melbourne Polytechnic difference, through our focus on practical work and state-of-the-art facilities. From our specialised machinery to our purpose-built welding workshop and fully equipped fabrication workshop, you’ll have all the resources you need to take your skills to the next level. Our passionate team of industry-experienced teachers can help you develop the highest level of skills, knowledge and work ethic.

Join a growing and diverse engineering trade

Metal fabrication workers are in high demand, with a high rate of graduate employment and industry growth. Employers have found it hard to fill vacancies for metal fabricators. Recognised by the Welding Australia and the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA), this course ensures you enter the workforce as a highly skilled and in-demand tradesperson. Once you graduate, you can choose to work in many industries including mining, agriculture, oil and gas drilling, transport, shipping and building and construction.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade - Boilermaking/Welding MEM31922 take me?

The Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade MEM31922 (Boilermaking/Welding) is a nationally recognised qualification, and will open the door onto a job as a metal fabrication tradesperson in the metals and engineering industry Australia-wide.

  • Manufacturing Tradesperson
  • Boilermaker
  • Metal Fabricator

Study Pathways

Graduates of this course have the opportunity to further their studies through a diverse range of specialisations, encompassing Certificate IV programs, Diplomas, and a variety of short courses.

Course Details

Delivery methods

The training is delivered for 38 days per year over a 3-year period (114 weeks). The day release training contains a mixture of theory and practical components.

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

Written or online knowledge assessments, observation of skills, completion of relevant industry based projects.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
MEM05004 Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding Elective 20
MEM05005 Carry out mechanical cutting Elective 20
MEM05007 Perform manual heating and thermal cutting Elective 20
MEM05010 Apply Fabrication, Forming And Shaping Techniques Elective 80
MEM05012 Perform routine manual metal arc welding Elective 20
MEM05037 Perform Geometric Development Elective 60
MEM05049 Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding Elective 20
MEM05050 Perform routine gas metal arc welding Elective 20
MEM05052 Apply Safe Welding Practices Elective 40
MEM05056 Perform routine flux core arc welding Elective 20
MEM05072 Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process Elective 60
MEM05085 Select welding processes Elective 20
MEM05089 Assemble fabricated components Elective 80
MEM05090 Weld using manual metal arc welding process Elective 40
MEM05091 Weld using gas metal arc welding process Elective 40
MEM05092 Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process Elective 40
MEM05094 Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications Elective 40
MEM05096 Weld using flux core arc welding process Elective 40
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing Core 40
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling Core 20
MEM12007 Mark Off/Out Structural Fabrications And Shapes Elective 40
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements Core 30
MEM12024 Perform computations Core 30
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering Core 40
MEM14006 Plan work activities Core 40
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information Core 20
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology Core 20
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training Core 20
MEM18001 Use hand tools Core 20
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations Core 20
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core 30

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1250 $6250 $26250
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1425 $6500 $26500
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Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

What you will need to supply
  • Basic writing materials including a notebook and pens.
  • Appropriate PPE for engineering workshop
  • Other equipment and materials needed and additional information will be given to you by the teaching department at time of enrolment or class induction.


The learner must be engaged as an apprentice under a training contract. A short literacy and numeracy test is required to be completed at enrolment.

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract with EPSILON and you will be allocated an EPSILON number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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