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Engineering - Fabrication Trade

Certificate III in

Heavy Fabrication Code: MEM30305
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Heidelberg

Duration

3 years part time

Duration

3 years part time

Next Intake

Ongoing

Next Intake

Midyear

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 Heavy Fabrication stream of Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Engineering 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 this take me

The Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication (Heavy Stream) 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

Pathways

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress into the Certificate IV in Engineering. 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.

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Workplace
  • Face-to-face

Class Schedule

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

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.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will be carried out by competency testing of each unit.

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
MEM05004C PERFORM ROUTINE OXY ACETYLENE WELDING Elective 20
MEM05005B CARRY OUT MECHANICAL CUTTING Elective 20
MEM05006C This unit covers performing brazing (including braze welding) and silver soldering. It includes the preparation of materials and equipment and the inspection of the completed work. Elective 20
MEM05007C PERFORM MANUAL HEATING AND THERMAL CUTTING Elective 20
MEM05010C APPLY FABRICATION, FORMING AND SHAPING TECHNIQUES Elective 80
MEM05011D ASSEMBLE FABRICATED COMPONENTS Elective 80
MEM05012C PERFORM ROUTINE MANUAL METAL ARC WELDING Elective 20
MEM05013C PERFORM MANUAL PRODUCTION WELDING Core 20
MEM05015D WELD USING MANUAL METAL ARC WELDING PROCESS Elective 40
MEM05016C PERFORM ADVANCED WELDING USING MANUAL METAL ARC WELDING PROCESS Elective 40
MEM05017D WELD USING GAS METAL ARC WELDING PROCESS Elective 40
MEM05018C PERFORM ADVANCED WELDING USING GAS METAL ARC WELDING PROCESS Elective 40
MEM05019D WELD USING GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING PROCESS Elective 40
MEM05020C PERFORM ADVANCED WELDING USING GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING PROCESS Elective 40
MEM05036C REPAIR/REPLACE/MODIFY FABRICATIONS Elective 40
MEM05036C REPAIR/REPLACE/MODIFY FABRICATIONS Core 40
MEM05037C PERFORM GEOMETRIC DEVELOPMENT Elective 60
MEM05049B PERFORM ROUTINE GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING Elective 20
MEM05050B PERFORM ROUNTINE GAS METAL ARC WELDING Elective 20
MEM05051A SELECT WELDING PROCESSES Elective 20
MEM05052A APPLY SAFE WELDING PRACTICES Elective 40
MEM07032B USE WORKSHOP MACHINES FOR BASIC OPERATIONS Elective 20
MEM09002B INTERPRET TECHNICAL DRAWING Elective 40
MEM11011B UNDERTAKE MANUAL HANDLING Core 20
MEM12007D MARK OFF/OUT STRUCTURAL FABRICATIONS AND SHAPES Elective 40
MEM12023A PERFORM ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS Core 30
MEM12024A PERFORM COMPUTATIONS Core 30
MEM13014A APPLY PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN WORK ENVIRONMENT Core 10
MEM14004A PLAN TO UNDERTAKE A ROUTINE TASK Core 10
MEM14005A PLAN A COMPLETE ACTIVITY Core 20
MEM15002A APPLY QUALITY SYSTEMS Core 20
MEM15024A APPLY QUALITY PROCEDURES Core 10
MEM16006A ORGANISE AND COMMUNICATE INFORMATION Core 20
MEM16007A WORK WITH OTHERS IN MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENT Core 10
MEM16008A INTERACT WITH COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY Elective 20
MEM17003A ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF ON THE JOB TRAINING Elective 20
MEM18001C USE HAND TOOLS Elective 20
MEM18002B USE POWER TOOLS/HAND HELD OPERATIONS Elective 20
MSAENV272B PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES Core 30

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1030 $5150 $22000
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1205 $5400 $22250
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 1 November 2019. 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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

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

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% 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

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

What we will supply
  • Student workbooks and resources that you will need.

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

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.
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Requirements

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 on DELTA and you will be allocated a DELTA 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.

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