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Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Code: MEM30219

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3 years part time

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Develop in-demand engineering skills

Progress your career in the mechanical trade industry with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade MEM30219. This course is undertaken as part of an apprenticeship and equips you with high level engineering skills.

Build high level mechanical skills

From basic skills like drawing, milling and grinding to creating complex tools using special-purpose machinery, you’ll build skills and knowledge to help you flourish in this challenging industry. At Melbourne Polytechnic, we set ourselves apart from other institutions by providing courses instructed by industry-experienced teachers.

Our students learn in purpose-built facilities, featuring industry standard tools, lathes, horizontal and vertical milling. With a learning environment that replicates on-the-job scenarios, you’ll hone skills that put you ahead of the rest and allow you to build a promising career.

Completing this qualification opens up opportunities in a range of industries.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade MEM30219 take me?

After completion of this course you can find work as a qualified tradie in areas as diverse as manufacturing, mining, food industry, petrochemical and general engineering and maintenance.

Study Pathways

Graduates can continue study in a variety of specialisations in certificates, diplomas and short courses.

Course Details

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.

Class Schedule

One day per week.

Students are required to attend TAFE only one day per week; though, it could be any day of the week. The rest of the week is spent working with your employer.

There are weeks students are not required to attend during a training year like non-teaching weeks (term breaks), during non-teaching weeks apprentices are required to attend work.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is carried out using competency-based assessment.

Practical skills and knowledge for each unit pf training are assessed by completing practical assessment tasks, role plays, knowledge tests, as well as ongoing practical 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
MEM05005 Carry out mechanical cutting Elective 20
MEM07005 Perform general machining Elective 80
MEM07006 Perform lathe operations Elective 40
MEM07007 Perform milling operations Elective 40
MEM07008 Perform grinding operations Elective 40
MEM07011 Perform complex milling operations Core 40
MEM07015 Set computer controlled machines and processes Elective 20
MEM07021 Perform complex lathe operations Elective 40
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing Core 40
MEM09009 Create 2-D drawings using computer-aided design system Elective 80
MEM10004 Enter and change programmable controller operational parameters Elective 20
MEM10005 Commission programmable controller Elective 40
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling Core 20
MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement Elective 20
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements Core 30
MEM12024 Perform computations Elective 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
MEM18003 Use tools for precision work Elective 40
MEM18006 Perform precision fitting of engineering components Elective 60
MEM18011 Shut down and isolate machines/equipment Elective 20
MEM18055 Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components Elective 30
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core 30

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 we will supply

  • Learner resources for all units of competency
  • Assessment resources for all units of competency
  • Materials and consumables related to assessment tasks

What you will supply

  • You will need to purchase one additional text book
  • Basic writing materials including a notebook and pens
  • Appropriate PPE
  • Upon enrolment apprentices are provided with a list of equipment to be purchased


You must be engaged as an apprentice under a training contract.

A short literacy and numeracy test is required to be completed at enrolment.

It is preferred that you have completed Year 10 to enrol in this course. Mature age students may also apply.

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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