Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting - MEM40412


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 a trainee of draftsperson working in specialist engineering or manufacturing sectors such as in mechanical, machine construction and maintenance, steel fabrication, mechanical services, electrical services, fluid power or piping assembly organisations. Students will acquire skills and knowledge to produce detail drawings according to engineering designs and Australian Standards (AS). The skills they will develop include use of computer-aided design (CAD) software functions and ability to apply industry and discipline specific knowledge to produce models, produce drawings and schematics for specialised engineering-related areas of industry. Other skills covered in this course may include information gathering, such as onsite visits, calculations, consultations and research.


  • 17 units: 4 core
  • 13 electives


  • Produce schematic drawings for hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power systems
  • Perform computations
  • Work effectively in an engineering drafting workplace
  • Detail bearings, seals and other componentry in mechanical drawings
  • Select welding processes
  • Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
  • Participate in quality assurance techniques
  • Set up basic pneumatic circuits
  • Perform Civil Drafting
  • Create 3-D solid models using computer-aided design (CAD) system
  • Apply cost factors to work practices
  • Prepare drawings for fabricated sheet metal products
  • Produce drawings or models for industrial piping
  • Detail structural steel members
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Apply quality standards
  • Measure and sketch site information
  • Produce electrical schematic drawings
  • Produce basic engineering detail drawings
  • Apply basic economic and ergonomic concepts to evaluate engineering applications
  • Detail standardised structural connections
  • Assist in the analysis of a supply chain
  • Provide advanced customer service
  • Report technical information
  • Work in a socially diverse environment
  • Estimate and cost work
  • Detail fasteners and locking devices in mechanical drawings
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Detail ancillary steelwork
  • Detail bolts and welds for structural steelwork connections
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models
  • Produce detailed drawings of steel to non-steel connections
  • Prepare plans for pipe and duct fabrication
  • Participate in product engineering
  • Interpret architectural and engineering design specifications for structural steel detailing
  • Set up basic hydraulic circuits
  • Produce drawings for mechanical services
  • Produce freehand sketches
  • Select common engineering materials
  • Perform basic statistical quality control
  • Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements
  • Calculate force systems within simple beam structures
  • Participate in drafting projects for building services
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Calculate stresses in simple structures
  • Produce drawings for reticulated services
  • Interpret technical drawing
  • Use resource planning software systems in manufacturing
  • Interpret and produce curved 3-D shapes and patterns
  • Assist in the preparation of a basic workplace layout
  • Work safely in the construction industry
  • Apply surface modelling techniques to 3-D drawings
  • Analyse a simple electrical system circuit
  • Prepare a simple cost estimate for a manufactured product
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Produce basic engineering drawings
  • Sustain process improvements
  • Create 3-D model assemblies using computer-aided design (CAD) system

Study pathways

Pathways into the qualificationThis qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for relevant units of competency achieved will be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed MEM30505 Certificate III in Engineering - Technical, or MSA30208 Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology, or other relevant qualifications.Pathways from the qualificationFurther training pathways from this qualification include the MSA50108 Diploma of Manufacturing Technology (Structural Steel Detailing stream) or the MEM50211 Diploma of Engineering - Technical.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Gosford Campus No
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years
Mount Druitt College No
  • Part-time : 2 years
Newcastle Campus No
  • Flexible Delivery : 18 months
Ultimo College, Main Campus No
  • Full-time : 36 weeks
  • Part-time : 18 months
  • Flexible Delivery : 18 months
Wetherill Park College No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 months
Wollongong Campus No
  • Part-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Newcastle Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide the following resources which is retained on completion of study:- if studying from home you will require a computer with internet access, a printer and a scanner.- software - Microsoft Office Word and Excel, and AutoCAD and Inventor software: Students can download software for free from AutoDesk website - all learning resources can be accessed through online learning platform Moodle (workbooks, video’s, web links).All units contain a resource book.NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011 Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997Text books can either be purchased (link of a provider website given on Moodle), borrowed from the TAFE library, or borrowed in Flex room through the classroom books available.Text book required:- Engineering Drawing 8th Edition, Boundy A.W, ISBN-13: 978-007101583-7, ISBN-10: 007101583-3Mathematics for Technicians 7th Edition, Alldis B. & Kelly V., ISBN-13: 978-174307077-2, ISBN-10: 174307077-2Estimated Cost for Text books $200

Campuses: 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:- Indicative cost of $100 to cover calculator and stationery.

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