Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade - MEM30205


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification is part of the Metal and Engineering Training Package. It is for people employed as apprentice mechanical fitters and machinists in the manufacturing, engineering and related industry areas. Students will gain the competencies required to work as a mechanical tradesperson in these areas. Students will acquire skills and knowledge in workplace communication, occupational health and safety, quality procedures, systems and planning, engineering measurement, computations and computer technology plus some industry-specific skills in mechanical fitting and machining that are relevant to their current or intended employment.


  • 11 core units
  • plus Mechanical Trade stream units and electives to the value of at least 76 points


  • Maintain wheels and tyres
  • Maintain and repair multi stage, cascade and/or ultra-cold industrial refrigeration systems
  • Operate and monitor basic boiler
  • Service and repair domestic and light commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment
  • Perform computations
  • Assist in the provision of on the job training
  • Set and edit computer controlled machines/processes
  • Connect/disconnect fluid conveying system components
  • Program CNC wire cut machines
  • Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
  • Enter and change programmable controller operational parameters
  • Perform machine setting (routine)
  • Diagnose and rectify manual transmissions
  • Diagnose and rectify drive line and final drives
  • Terminate signal and data cables
  • Repair and fit engineering components
  • Maintain and repair commercial and/or industrial refrigeration and/or air conditioning controls
  • Perform engine bottom-end overhaul
  • Maintain and repair industrial refrigeration systems and components
  • Maintain pneumatic systems
  • Perform routine sharpening/maintenance of production tools and cutters
  • Maintain engine lubrication systems
  • Fault find, test and calibrate instrumentation systems and equipment
  • Fault find/repair electrical equipment/components up to 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c.
  • Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
  • Use tools for precision work
  • Perform metal spinning lathe operations (basic)
  • Diagnose and maintain electronic controlling systems on mobile plant
  • Perform equipment condition monitoring and recording
  • Tune control loops - multi controller or multi element systems
  • Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
  • Write basic NC/CNC programs
  • Tune diesel engines
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Install, maintain and calibrate instrumentation sensors, transmitters and final control elements
  • Use power tools/hand held operations
  • Fault find and repair/rectify complex electrical circuits
  • Maintain and repair cooling towers/evaporative condensers and associated equipment
  • Perform complex grinding operations
  • Operate and monitor machine/process
  • Maintain hydraulic system components
  • Set multistage integrated processes
  • Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
  • Perform gland packing
  • Maintain induction/exhaust systems
  • Use hand tools
  • Perform lathe operations
  • Perform electro-discharge (EDM) machining operations
  • Diagnose and rectify automatic transmissions
  • Maintain instrumentation system components
  • Diagnose and rectify low voltage charging systems
  • Fault find/repair electrical equipment/components up to 250 volts single phase supply
  • Manufacture press tools and gauges
  • Program NC/CNC machining centre
  • Diagnose and rectify braking systems
  • Overhaul engine fuel system components
  • Perform machining operations using horizontal and/or vertical boring machines
  • Diagnose and repair analog equipment and components
  • Perform advanced plastic processing
  • Plan to undertake a routine task
  • Perform advanced press operations
  • Perform machine setting (complex)
  • Perform metal spinning lathe operations (complex)
  • Perform engine top-end overhaul
  • Service combustion engines
  • Maintain water treatment systems for cooling towers
  • Maintain fluid power systems for mobile plant
  • Operate and monitor intermediate class boiler
  • Perform tool and cutter grinding operations
  • Maintain engine cooling systems
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Diagnose and rectify track type undercarriage
  • Create 2D code files using computer aided manufacturing system
  • Service and repair commercial refrigeration
  • Maintain fluid power controls
  • Apply quality systems
  • Program and set up CNC manufacturing cell
  • Diagnose and rectify low voltage electrical systems
  • Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired equipment over 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c.
  • Perform advanced machine/process operation
  • Maintain steering systems
  • Plan a complete activity
  • Maintain hydraulic systems
  • Maintain and repair commercial air conditioning systems and components
  • Maintain, repair control instrumentation - single and multiple loop control systems
  • Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired equipment up to 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c.
  • Diagnose and repair digital equipment and components
  • Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
  • Apply quality procedures
  • Maintain pneumatic system components
  • Diagnose and rectify low voltage starting systems
  • Perform complex milling operations
  • Program multiple spindle and/or multiple axis NC/CNC machining centre
  • Diagnose and repair microprocessor-based equipment
  • Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
  • Modify electronic equipment
  • Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems
  • Manufacture fluid conveying conductor assemblies
  • Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies
  • Fault find and repair/rectify basic electrical circuits
  • Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment
  • Perform complex lathe operations
  • Maintain suspension systems
  • Perform precision jig boring operations
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Perform milling operations
  • Perform grinding operations
  • Interpret technical drawing
  • Set computer controlled machines/processes
  • Perform precision shaping/planing/slotting operations
  • Maintain and repair central air handling systems
  • Maintain/service analog/digital electronic equipment
  • Maintain tools and dies
  • Perform general machining
  • Maintain, repair/replace and adjust refrigerant flow controls and associated equipment
  • Manufacture cavity dies
  • Test compression ignition fuel systems
  • Use workshop machines for basic operations
  • Install machine/plant
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Balance equipment
  • Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
  • Perform precision mechanical measurement
  • Operate computer controlled machines/processes
  • Mark off/out (general engineering)
  • Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals

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 may be granted towards this qualification by 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 skill sets 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 skills 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 - Mechanical. Reference to other occupational or functional pathways consistent with the role of an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical 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 in this qualification may relate to licensing or regulatory requirements. Where appropriate electives are taken these can also be used to satisfy regulations regarding refrigeration and air conditioning work. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Campbelltown College No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Meadowbank Campus Domestic: $13,430
International: $13,430
  • Part-time : 4 years
Mount Druitt College No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Taree Campus Domestic: $13,430
International: $13,430
  • Flexible Delivery : 4 years
Ultimo College, Main Campus No
  • Part-time : 4 years
Ultimo College, Main Campus No
  • Part-time : 4 years
Wetherill Park College No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Wollongbar Campus Domestic: $13,430
International: $13,430
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Campbelltown College.

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/are-you-eligiblePAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCEFees: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/feesPayment - funding: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/payment-fundingADDITIONAL RESOURCESResource will be required to successfully complete this course and will cost approximately $600.00.RECOGNITIONRecognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.Find out more about recognition: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers

Campuses: Meadowbank Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:- Approx additional costs incurred by learner to supply: Stationary and PPE $

Campuses: Mount Druitt College.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:Please be advised there is an additional materials fee of $600 for the duration of the course.

Campuses: Taree Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Learner Resources. Costs will be advised upon orientation.

Campuses: Ultimo College, Main Campus, Ultimo College, Main Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:- This course is for apprentices, engaging in a Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Fitter Stream). Registration with state training services is required.

Campuses: Wetherill Park College.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCESResource will be required to successfully complete this course and will cost approximately $750.00.

Further information

The following additional descriptors are approved for use with this qualification: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning; Instrumentation; Maintenance; Patternmaking; Toolmaking; Watchmaking; Machining.

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