Location: 
Start dates:
30 September 2020
4 January 2021
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship.
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Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Start a career as a mechanical tradesperson with the Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade apprenticeship course.

The skills you learn during the qualification can be applied to a wide range of mechanical trade work, including:

  • undertaking fitting
  • assembly
  • manufacture
  • installation
  • modification
  • testing
  • fault finding
  • maintenance and service of mechanical equipment
  • machinery
  • use of machine tools.

You’ll learn about mechanical and thermal cutting, marking out, tool making and mechatronics. This course also covers shaping and joining metal using computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, computer-aided design (CAD) and workplace safety.

This qualification is offered with these two specialist streams:

  • fitting
  • fitting/machining.

This is an apprenticeship course.

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.

Our engineering qualifications are widely recognised in the industry by a variety of organisations including 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.

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:

After you've successfully completed the Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade, you will be able to progress into these VU Polytechnic courses:

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Careers

After you've finished the course, you may choose to pursue one of the following careers:

  • fitter and turner
  • fitter and machinist
  • mechanical fitter
  • metal fabricator
  • plant mechanic
  • tool and die maker
  • toolmaker.

Course structure

To be awarded the MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade, units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points);
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Groups A, B and C electives as described below, and;
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group D to bring the total value to 96 points.

To be awarded the MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Fitting), units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points);
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Group B electives as described below, and;
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group D to bring the total value to 96 points.

To be awarded the MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Fitting/machining), units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points);
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Group C electives as described below, and;
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group D to bring the total value to 96 points.

Appropriate Group D elective units to the value of 8 points may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III. Only select units that would be suitable for occupational outcomes in a mechanical trade environment.  Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Prerequisites 
Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total. All prerequisites are included in the units listed.

Specialisations
The Polytechnic offer the following specialisations:

  • Fitting, and;
  • Fitting/machining.

Specialisation: Fitting

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Group B

Group D

Specialisation: Fitting/machining

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Group C

Group D

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 defines the skills and knowledge required of an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries. The qualification has been specifically developed for apprentices in the above trade. 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 apprenticeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range of mechanical trade work, including undertaking fitting, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, maintenance and service of mechanical equipment, machinery and the use of machine tools.

This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical. Skills development should 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.

Assessment of some units of competency must, where indicated, include evidence of the candidate's performance in a functioning workplace where there is a sufficient range of appropriate tasks and materials to cover the scope of application of those units. All outcomes must reflect the standard of performance inherent in the job.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, in some jurisdictions units in this qualification may relate to licensing or regulatory requirements. Local regulations should be checked.

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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