How to become a Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical

Mechanical engineering tradespersons carry out a range of mechanical work on machines, subassemblies and manufactured parts using a range of processes, tools and machines. Recent changes in the industry have resulted in a number of trade jobs being merged into broad occupational areas. The new training structure provides a mix of skills across a number of traditional occupations, while also allowing apprentices to develop specific skills.

Personal requirements of a Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical

  • Enjoy technical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Practical ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Normal hearing

Education & Training for a Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical

To become a mechanical engineering tradesperson you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 23.2%

NT 1.4%

QLD 27.4%

SA 6.4%

TAS 2.7%

VIC 16%

WA 22.8%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 99.1%

Female 0.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 7.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 6.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 77%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 7.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 37.7%

Above 35 years: 59.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
To use or be in possession of firearms, you need to hold a firearms licence. To deal in or repair firearms, you need to hold a firearm dealers licence. You may be required to undergo training in the safe handling and use of firearms. Contact the police department in your state or territory for further information.
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