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Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

Course Code MEM31922


  • Part Time
  • 3 years
  • On Campus
  • Moorabbin

This course is not available for International Students


The Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade is an Apprenticeship program for apprentices employed in the metal, engineering fabrication, manufacturing or associated industries with engineering fabrication work.

Career Opportunities

  • metal fabrication tradesperson
  • boilermaker welder
  • sheet metal worker
  • arc welder

Pathway to further studies

  • MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering

Studying the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade at Holmesglen

The course gives you fundamental knowledge and the practical skills and experience needed to become a qualified engineering fabrication tradesperson.<p>Throughout the Apprenticeship program, you will learn a range of skills to perform metal fabrication work, including; welding principles and techniques, safe working practices, structural steel fabrication and repair, sheet-metal work, pipework, using computer controlled equipment and computer aided drafting skills using AutoCAD.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.<p>Holmesglen requires all applicants to be registered in an engineering apprenticeship arrangement with an employer in the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries.<br>Applicants must have a training contract with their employer, this contract must be registered with the VRQA and the apprentice must have been issued with an Epsilon number.<p>Holmesglen recommends all applicants have a minimum of Year 10 English and Mathematics.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


1 day a week, Monday or Tuesday, 8am-4pm
Unit code Unit name
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling
MEM18001 Use hand tools
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024 Perform computations
MEM14006 Plan work activities
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
Unit code Unit name
MEM05052 Apply safe welding practices
MEM05006 Perform brazing and/or silver soldering
MEM05005 Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM05007 Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05050 Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05012 Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05049 Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05037 Perform geometric development
MEM05010 Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
MEM05009 Perform automated thermal cutting
MEM05085 Select welding processes
MEM05090 Weld using manual metal arc welding process
MEM05091 Weld using gas metal arc welding process
MEM05092 Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
MEM07032 Use workshop machines for basic operations
MEM05014 Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications
MEM05089 Assemble fabricated components
MEM10010 Install pipework and pipework assemblies
MEM12007 Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment. <br>An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network representative will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the apprentice.<br><a href="">Visit </a>for more information.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.


Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive the MEM31922 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade qualification.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Gov. subsidised Apprenticeship $4,656
Concession $932
Mandatory materials Cost
Materials fee $920

Additional Course Cost

Apprentices will be required to wear to trade school appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The personal protective equipment and course materials students will be required to supply are: <br>• Safety boots Leather upper (with safety toecaps) <br>• Safety cotton pants (no shorts) <br>• Safety long sleeve cotton work shirt (no singlets, flammable hoodies or fleecy jumpers) <br>• Safety glasses <br>• N95 (P2) masks <br>• Self-darkening welding helmet confirming to AS/NZS 1337.1 & AS/NZS 1338.1 <br>• Leather welding jacket <br>• Leather welders cap or hood (when doing overhead welds) <br>• Gloves for hot works (used for all arc, gas or thermal cutting) must be flame resistant leather or of aluminised type for very hot work such as heavy arc or oxy-gouging. Comply with AS/NZS 2161.3 and AS/NZS 2161.4 <br>• Gloves used for TIG welding <br>• Notebook, blue or black pen/biro, HB pencil, eraser <br> <br> The total cost of these items is between $400 - $850 <br> If additional safety equipment is required, it will be supplied by the Institute.

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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