Information on this page is for Australian residents

Duration: 
1 year full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Industry
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Workplace

Applications for next intake due 31 December 2018

Overview

Take your engineering skills to the next level with a Certificate IV in Engineering at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course gives you the opportunity to upgrade your skills and knowledge so you can advance your career in the manufacturing and engineering industries.

You’ll learn more about:

  • welding/fabrication (certificates 1-10) - including metallurgy, inspection and design
  • computer numerical control (CNC) machining – using milling machines, CNC lathes and CNC machining centres for brake pressing, rolling and plasmacutting
  • rapid manufacturing, or 'prototyping'
  • installation and maintenance of mechanical equipment, machinery and fluid power equipment
  • workplace safety.

You can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • fabrication (welding)
  • mechanical
  • maintenance.

This is a leading-edge course focused on current technology. You’ll be prepared to gain entry into technician and supervisor positions in the industry.

This course is delivered through Victoria Polytechnic’s award-winning Blended Learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility sustainable with a 6 Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

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.

Everything you learn at Victoria 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.

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Careers in engineering

The construction, engineering and fabrication industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia. This Certificate IV in Engineering from Victoria Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door.

When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and industry-recognised skills to gain employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson - Level II. You’ll be prepared for a variety of roles (including foreperson, inspector and technician roles) within the engineering and manufacturing sectors, as well as engineering tradesperson roles in other industries.

Example job titles include:

  • special class engineering tradesperson (mechanical, fabrication or electrical/ electronic)
  • fitter and turner/fitter and machinist
  • maintenance/diesel fitter
  • plant mechanic
  • sheet metal worker
  • welder/moulder/boilermaker
  • foundry tradesperson
  • patternmaker
  • toolmaker
  • special class electrical fitter
  • electrical/refrigeration mechanic
  • computer numerical control (CNC) programmer
  • radio tradesperson.

Course structure

To be awarded MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering, a student must successfully complete the following:

  • twelve (12) core units, and;

  • select Group A electives to the value of at least 12 points, and;

  • select Group A and Group B electives to bring the total value to at least 109 points.

Core units

Elective units

Group A

Group B



This qualification provides the skills and knowledge to demonstrate, broad theoretical concepts, application of skills and knowledge, problem solving,  information interpretation and output responsibility.

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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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.

Applicants must be either a tradesperson or an apprentice with access to on and off-the-job training.

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.

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Direct applications due 31 December 2018.

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