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Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade Sheetmetal Working

Code: MEM30319

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4 years part time

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Master sheet metal working techniques

Equip yourself with the skills to thrive in Australia’s massive metal fabrication industry. The Sheetmetal Working stream of our MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade helps you master sheet metal working techniques with an emphasis on practical learning. Learn to be the best from the best by studying at an institution named as a Top Welding Training Organisation by Weld Australia. You’ll perfect skills such as marking out geometric patterns, cutting, forming, shaping, welding and polishing metal to food grade standards.

Practice specialised fabrication processes

You’ll benefit from Melbourne Polytechnic’s resources, including a purpose-built, fully equipped fabrication workshop, computer lab and welding workshop. You’ll be trained to use special-purpose machinery such as computer numeric controlled guillotines and press forming equipment. Practicing in state-of-the-art facilities under the guidance of industry-experienced teachers, you’ll quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to advance in this specialised industry.

Open up multiple paths for your future

Once you complete this course, you can work in a variety of settings from small workshops to large industrial factories. With an annual turnover of $29 billion and contributing $11 billion to GDP, the steel industry is one of Australia’s most important industries. You’ll graduate with skills that’ll make you an asset in your workplace and position you as an in-demand tradesperson, whether you go on to work in building and construction, mining, agriculture, oil and gas drilling or another industry.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade - Sheetmetal Working MEM30319 take me?

The MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Sheetmetal Working) 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.
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Manufacturing Tradesperson
  • Welder
  • Sheetmetal Worker

Study Pathways

Successful completion of this course may enable you to progress into the Certificate IV in Engineering (MEM40105/MEM40119). 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.

Course Details

Delivery methods

A number of elective units require evidence of a specified number of workplace practice hours associated with the skills of the unit in a functioning workplace. This is currently as assessment requirement of the qualification.

How you will study

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

On-campus / Self-paced online learning

A blend of on-campus learning with some coursework delivered through Melbourne Polytechnic’s digital platforms.

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
MEM05011 Assemble fabricated components Elective 80
MEM05012 Perform routine manual metal arc welding Elective 20
MEM05017 Weld Using Gas Metal Arc Welding Process Elective 40
MEM05019 Weld Using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process Elective 40
MEM05036 Repair/Replace/Modify Fabrications Elective 40
MEM05037 Perform Geometric Development Elective 60
MEM05049 Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding Elective 20
MEM05050 Perform routine gas metal arc welding Elective 20
MEM05051 Select Welding Processes Elective 20
MEM05052 Apply Safe Welding Practices Elective 40
MEM08010 Manually finish/polish materials Elective 60
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
MEM13003 Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials Elective 20
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 $1180 $5900 $24800
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1355 $6150 $25050
Per year $
Per semester $

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 1 November 2021. 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.

Please note: Fees are calculated on a case by case basis.

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 we supply
  • Student workbooks and resources
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.

Course Fees

Fees are calculated on a case by case basis.


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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