Federation University Australia

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade - MEM30305

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00103D

This qualification is part of the Metal and Engineering Training Package. It is designed for trainees and apprentices who are employed in the metals and engineering industry. The course covers metal fabrication, fabricating ducting and custom designed metal structures/objects and welding activities.


  • Hand forge complex shapes
  • Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
  • Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process
  • Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
  • Perform computations
  • Carry out heat treatment
  • Perform automated thermal cutting
  • Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
  • Pour molten metal
  • Perform soft soldering
  • Apply protective coatings (advanced)
  • Assist in the provision of on the job training
  • Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
  • Hammer forge complex shapes
  • Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Select welding processes
  • Manually finish/polish materials
  • Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process
  • Apply welding principles
  • Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
  • Weld using powder flame spraying
  • Perform geometric development
  • Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process
  • Assemble fabricated components
  • Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
  • Operate and control surface finishing waste treatment process
  • Assemble plated patterns
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Prepare and mix sand for metal moulding
  • Set and edit computer controlled thermal cutting machines
  • Use power tools/hand held operations
  • Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
  • Control surface finish production and finished product quality
  • Perform gravity die casting
  • Use hand tools
  • Electroplate engineering coatings
  • Weld using flux core arc welding process
  • Operate melting furnaces
  • Carry out mechanical cutting
  • Finish work using wet, dry and vapour deposition methods
  • Electroplate decorative finishes
  • Select heat treatment processes and test finished product
  • Erect structures
  • Perform advanced geometric development - conical
  • Perform hand forging
  • Perform drop and upset forging
  • Perform sheet and plate assembly
  • Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)
  • Perform manual production welding
  • Make up solutions
  • Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping
  • Plan to undertake a routine task
  • Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications
  • Operate sand moulding and core making machines
  • Perform high reliability soldering and desoldering
  • Fettle and trim metal castings/forgings
  • Produce polymer patterns
  • Perform hammer forging
  • Repair springs
  • Produce clear and/or coloured and/or sealed anodised films on aluminium
  • Write basic NC/CNC programs for thermal cutting machines
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Perform manual soldering/desoldering - electrical/electronic components
  • Prepare and produce specialised coatings
  • Apply quality systems
  • Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating
  • Perform advanced geometric development - cylindrical/rectangular
  • Apply safe welding practices
  • Perform advanced welding using oxy acetylene welding process
  • Develop and manufacture polystyrene patterns
  • Plan a complete activity
  • Develop and manufacture precision models
  • Apply quality procedures
  • Weld using gas metal arc welding process
  • Develop and manufacture vacuum forming moulds and associated equipment
  • Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
  • Electroplate protective finishes
  • Apply protective coatings (basic)
  • Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • Develop and manufacture gear, conveyor screw and propeller patterns
  • Weld using submerged arc welding process
  • Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Perform general woodworking machine operations
  • Weld using manual metal arc welding process
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Interpret technical drawing
  • Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced)
  • Perform refractory installation and repair
  • Develop and manufacture wood patterns
  • Perform electroplating operations
  • Develop and manufacture production patterns
  • Produce moulds and cores by hand (jobbing)
  • Perform wire, jig and barrel load/unload work
  • Perform advanced geometric development - transitions
  • Perform brazing and/or silver soldering
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Operate pressure die casting machine
  • Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions
  • Repair/replace/modify fabrications

Study pathways

Pathways into the qualificationThere is no qualification entry requirement. It is assumed that the learner is engaged as an apprentice under a Training Contract and that the learner is receiving appropriate structured on the job training while undertaking this qualification.This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for relevant units of competency achieved should be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed MEM10105 Certificate I in Engineering, MEM10205 Certificate I in Boating Services, MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering, MEM20205 Certificate II in Engineering - Production Technology or other relevant qualifications. Credit towards this qualification may also include units of competency contained within relevant pre-vocational and pre-apprenticeship programs and Statements of Attainment.Pathways from the qualificationFurther training pathways from this qualification include MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering and MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade or other relevant qualifications. Additional qualification adviceAn additional descriptor may be added to this qualification to illustrate a particular skill focus or trade discipline.This could be achieved by adding a pathway descriptor or sentence below the formal title of the qualification. Note that no changes may be made to the qualification title and the use of one of these descriptors to a qualification does not change the qualification's formal title or unique national code.There are no specific requirements associated with the use of these descriptors other than their use should reflect the nature of the choice of units of competency in the qualification and must be consistent with the work role of an Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication. Reference to other occupational or functional pathways consistent with the role of an Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication may be included on any qualification statement that is issued. Competitive Manufacturing qualifications are available for employees at this level who already possess trade and other technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification. Licensing considerationsThere are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units of competency in this qualification may relate to licensing or regulatory requirements. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
SMB (Ballarat) No
SMB (Ballarat) No

Further information

Students entering as an apprentice or trainee must be employed in the relevant industry prior to enrolment. Applicants who are not an apprentice or trainee must obtain permission from the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology before enrolling.

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