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

The Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) is recognised by the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) and the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA).

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. You’ll become skilled at using tools such as welding and cutting equipment.

Learning a trade with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Careers in engineering

Construction, engineering and fabrication are some of the largest industries for employment in Australia. This certificate in engineering from Victoria University Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door.

When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to join a production training program or gain entry-level employment as a fabrication engineering tradesperson. Fabrication engineering tradespersons cut, shape, join and finish metal to make, maintain or repair metal products and structures. They may produce moulds or patterns for metal castings, apply coatings and work with a variety of material.

You'll be prepared to work in a wide variety of fabrication and engineering sectors, as well as in fabrication engineering tradesperson roles in other industries.

Example job titles include:

  • first class sheet metal worker
  • structural steel tradesperson
  • technical salesperson
  • first class welder
  • boilermaker (heavy fabrication)
  • sheet metal worker (light fabrication)
  • moulder/coremaker
  • foundry worker
  • engineering patternmaker
  • blacksmith
  • electroplater.

Related jobs include: aircraft maintenance engineer, mechanical engineering tradesperson, and shipwright.

Course structure

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

  • all core units, and;

  • electives, comprising of:

  • units selected from Group A fabrication stream, to the value of at least forty (40 points), and;

  • units selected 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 seventy-three (73) points, of which:

  • appropriate Group B elective units to the value of 16 points may be chosen from other endorsed training packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III.

Points associated with pre-requisites count towards the total.

Core units

Elective units

Group A

Group B

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

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 for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place 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 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.

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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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