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Lay the foundation for a career in the engineering industry with a Certificate II in Engineering at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will give you practical engineering skills as well as a broad understanding of engineering principles.

You'll develop skills in the safe use and maintenance of equipment including:

  • drill machines
  • lathes
  • grinders
  • milling machines
  • other engineering tools and materials.

You’ll learn how to produce components and products using hand tools and machines. You’ll also learn how to read and create basic technical/computer-aided design (CAD) drawings. This course also teaches you occupational health and safety principles and how to follow workplace safety regulations.

This qualification will help you to get an engineering apprenticeship or traineeship, or an entry-level job in the field.

This qualification is widely recognised in the industry, including by the Victorian Engineering Senate, AIG, Sutton Tools and Abon Engineering.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world.

You’ll learn practical skills on special-purpose machinery at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. Some of the equipment you’ll become skilled at using includes lathes, milling machines, drilling machines and grinders. Learning a trade with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you're struggling with your studies.

We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:

  • workshops and study groups
  • student mentors and peer learning
  • maths and writing resources.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Learn practical engineering skills including how to produce components and products using hand tools and machines.

Careers in engineering

The construction, engineering and fabrication industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia. This certificate can help you get your foot in the door.

When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to gain an apprenticeship or traineeship in your specific area of interest, for example in:

  • engineering
  • mechanical manufacturing
  • welding/sheet metal.

You’ll also be prepared for production training programs or entry-level employment in engineering.

Example job titles include:

  • metal engineering process worker
  • engineering production process worker
  • machinist
  • welder
  • sheet metal tradesperson
  • storeperson
  • boilermaker
  • engineering assistant.

For graduates of Certificate II level in engineering studies, the average rate of employment or further study upon completion of the course is 79.3% (with 67.8% employed) (National Centre for Vocational Education Research).

Course structure

To be awarded the MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering, a student must successfully complete:

  • five (5) core units and;
  • elective units listed in the MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering qualification, to the value of at least 30 points.
  • elective units up to the value of six (6) points, may be selected from other endorsed training packages and accredited courses, where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate II.  Note: This is not to include other MEM units, which may be listed in other training packages and/or accredited courses.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required of workers employed as Engineering/manufacturing Employees - Level III as defined in the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award or in related industries where Engineering/ Manufacturing Employees work.

The qualification has been specifically developed to reflect the minimum training requirement specified in the Award for employment in the above occupation. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal traineeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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