Charles Darwin University

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade - MEM30319

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 00300K

This qualification defines the skills and knowledge required of an engineering tradesperson - fabrication within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries. The qualification has been specifically developed to meet the needs of apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range of fabrication work, including undertaking metal fabrication, structural steel erection, sheetmetal work, welding, blacksmithing and surface finishing.This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as an Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication. Skills development should be undertaken through an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement where the mix of on and off-the-job training would be specified in the Training Plan associated with the Contract of Training between the employer and apprentice.Assessment of some units of competency must, where indicated, include evidence of the candidate's performance in a functioning workplace where there is a sufficient range of appropriate tasks and materials to cover the scope of application of those units. All outcomes must reflect the standard of performance inherent in the job.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, in some jurisdictions units in this qualification may relate to licensing or regulatory requirements. Local regulations should be checked.


  • Select heat treatment processes and test finished product
  • Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Weld using flux core arc welding process
  • Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications
  • Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
  • Perform inspection
  • Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes
  • Perform complex metal spinning lathe operations
  • Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
  • Perform basic magnetic particle testing
  • Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
  • Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
  • Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications
  • Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
  • Electroplate engineering coatings
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Perform basic statistical quality control
  • Operate and control surface finishing waste treatment process
  • Carry out heat treatment
  • Erect/dismantle scaffolding and equipment
  • Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
  • Perform electroplating operations
  • Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process
  • Plan work activities
  • Assemble fabricated components
  • Operate computer controlled machines and processes
  • Select welding processes
  • Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping
  • Electroplate decorative finishes
  • Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
  • Perform aluminothermic welding
  • Make up solutions
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Operate mobile load shifting equipment
  • Order materials
  • Perform ultrasonic thickness testing
  • Perform basic penetrant testing
  • Apply protective coatings (advanced)
  • Operate and monitor machine and process
  • Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions
  • Prepare basic engineering drawing
  • Produce clear and/or coloured and/or sealed anodised films on aluminium
  • Use workshop machines for basic operations
  • Weld using gas metal arc welding process
  • Perform wire, jig and barrel load/unload work
  • Undertake work health and safety activities in the workplace
  • Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)
  • Apply safe welding practices
  • Hand forge complex shapes
  • Perform hand forging
  • Perform routine flux core arc welding
  • Use improvement processes in team activities
  • Carry out mechanical cutting
  • Install pipework and pipework assemblies
  • Weld using oxy fuel gas welding process
  • Use power tools/hand held operations
  • Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating
  • Perform brazing and/or silver soldering
  • Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process
  • Repair springs
  • Perform emergency first aid
  • Apply basic engineering design concepts
  • Electroplate protective finishes
  • Perform soft soldering
  • Perform high reliability soldering and desoldering
  • Use hand tools
  • Weld using submerged arc welding process
  • Weld using manual metal arc welding process
  • Perform automated thermal cutting
  • Perform basic metal spinning lathe operations
  • Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations
  • Control surface finish production and finished product quality
  • Erect structures
  • Manually finish/polish materials
  • Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing
  • Licence to operate a forklift truck
  • Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • Perform computations
  • Apply protective coatings (basic)
  • Finish work using wet, dry and vapour deposition methods
  • Prepare and produce specialised coatings
  • Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
  • Use tools for precision work
  • Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding
  • Hammer forge complex shapes
  • Perform drop and upset forging
  • Perform internal/external customer service
  • Perform geometric development
  • Perform manual soldering/desoldering – electrical/electronic components
  • Set and edit computer controlled thermal cutting machines
  • Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Set computer controlled machines and processes
  • Weld using flame powder spraying
  • Undertake manual handling
  • Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process
  • Perform routine submerged arc welding
  • Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
  • Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)
  • Perform advanced welding using oxy acetylene welding process
  • Perform hammer forging
  • Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
  • Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced)
  • Interpret technical drawing
  • Handle/move bulk fluids/gases

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