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4 years part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications due 30 November 2018


Lay the foundation for a career in metal fabrication and engineering with a Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course will give you the knowledge and skills required to work in the metals and engineering industry.  You’ll learn to make and repair steel and other metal products and structures such as boilers and storage tanks.

You’ll develop industry-specific skills including:

  • metal fabrication
  • forming and shaping techniques
  • forging
  • founding
  • structural steel erection
  • electroplating
  • metal spinning and polishing
  • sheet metal work
  • welding
  • mechanical and thermal cutting.

You will learn broad engineering skills such as planning, measurement, marking out, computing and computer-aided drafting (CAD). This course also teaches you occupational health and safety principles, and how to follow workplace safety regulations.

This is an apprenticeship course but is also available to non-apprentices. 

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[Supp. Desc. Info] MEM30305 - Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade)


Learn to make and repair steel and other metal products and structures in this engineering certificate.


  • traineeships
  • apprenticeships
  • production training programs

Course structure

To be awarded MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade a student must successfully complete the following:

  • completion of all core units of competency listed below, and;

  • completion of Group A Fabrication stream units listed below to the value of at least 40 points, and;

  • completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units listed in Appendix 1, Volume 1 of the training package, to bring the total value to at least 73 points.

Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total.

Core units

Elective units

Group A

Group B

This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile, related to trade work as an engineering tradesperson - fabrication. Skills development would usually 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.

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.
  • 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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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.

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 for this course

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Direct applications due 30 November 2018.

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