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Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Certificate III in

Apprenticeship Code: MEM30205 Cricos: 062020E
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

Campus

Heidelberg

Duration

3 years part time

Duration

3 years part time

Requirements

Apprenticeship or Non-Apprenticeship available.

Next Intake

Ongoing

Next Intake

Midyear

Develop in-demand engineering skills

Progress your career in the manufacturing and mechanical trade industry with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade MEM30205. Suitable for those already working and those looking to enter the field, this course is undertaken as part of an apprenticeship and equips you with high level engineering skills. Completing this qualification opens up opportunities in a range of industries, and there’s great demand for those qualified to maintain, repair, fit and modify mechanical plant and equipment with over 8,000 job openings predicted in the next five years.

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 state-of-the-art industry standard tools, including equipment for training in fluid power and pneumatic machinery, lathes, horizontal and vertical milling and access to metrology labs, heat treatment and material testing labs. 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.

Become a qualified fitter or turner

Completing this course allows you to become an industry-recognised fitter or turner. You’ll have the skills and knowledge to design, manufacture and modify plant and equipment, shipping machinery and power stations. Open up a diverse range of employment opportunities as a tradesperson with a skill set that enables you to set up and maintain equipment in a variety of industries.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

After completing this course you could find work as a qualified tradesperson in areas as diverse as manufacturing, mining, the food industry, the petrochemical industry and in general engineering and maintenance.

Pathways

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress into the Certificate IV in Engineering HET, followed by a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or a mechanical engineering degree.

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"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

(One day per week)
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 is carried out by competency testing of each unit by completing practical assessment tasks, 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
MEM05006C PERFORM BRAZING AND/OR SILVER SOLDERING Elective 20
MEM05007C PERFORM MANUAL HEATING AND THERMAL CUTTING Elective 20
MEM05013C PERFORM MANUAL PRODUCTION WELDING Elective 20
MEM06007B PERFORM BASIC INCIDENTAL HEAT/QUENCHING, TEMPERING AND ANNEALING Elective 20
MEM07005C PERFORM GENERAL MACHINING Elective 80
MEM07006C PERFORM LATHE OPERATIONS Elective 40
MEM07007C PERFORM MILLING OPERATIONS Elective 40
MEM07008D PERFORM GRINDING OPERATIONS Elective 40
MEM07021B PERFORM COMPLEX LATHE OPERATION Elective 40
MEM09002B INTERPRET TECHNICAL DRAWING Elective 40
MEM11011B UNDERTAKE MANUAL HANDLING Elective 20
MEM12001B USE COMPARISON AND BASIC MEASURING DEVICES Elective 20
MEM12003B PERFORM PRECISION MECHANICAL MEASUREMENT Elective 20
MEM12006C MARK OFF/OUT (GENERAL ENGINEERING) Elective 40
MEM12023A PERFORM ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS Core 30
MEM12023A PERFORM ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS Core 30
MEM12024A PERFORM COMPUTATIONS Core 30
MEM13002B UNDERTAKE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACTIVITIES IN THE WORK PLACE Elective 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 Core 20
MEM17003A ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF ON THE JOB TRAINING Core 20
MEM18001C USE HAND TOOLS Elective 20
MEM18002B USE POWER TOOLS/HAND HELD OPERATIONS Elective 20
MEM18003C USE TOOLS FOR PRECISION WORK Elective 40
MEM18006C REPAIR AND FIT ENGINEERING COMPONENTS Elective 60
MEM18011C SHUT DOWN AND ISOLATE MACHINES/EQUIPMENT Elective 20
MEM18015B MAINTAIN TOOLS AND DIES Elective 40
MEM18055B DISMANTLE, REPLACE AND ASSEMBLE ENGINEERING COMPONENTS Elective 30
MEM30012A APPLY MATHEMATICAL TECHNIQUES IN A MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING OR RELATED ENVIRONMENT Elective 40
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
  • Hand tools and measuring equipment


What you will need to supply
  • You will need to purchase one additional resource book
  • 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

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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.

It is preferred that the student have completed Year 10 to enrol in this course. If you are a mature student and have not completed Year 10 you 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 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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