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Take your engineering skills to the next level with a Certificate IV in Engineering MEM40119 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course lets you upgrade your skills and knowledge to advance your career in the manufacturing and engineering industries.

You will learn more about:

  • welding/fabrication (certificates 1-10) - including metallurgy, inspection and design
  • machining – using milling machines, lathes, brake pressing, rolling and plasma cutting
  • installation and maintenance of mechanical equipment, machinery and fluid power equipment
  • workplace safety.

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

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

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 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.

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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 MEM40119 from Victoria University Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door.

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:

  • engineering/manufacturing tradesperson – Special Class Level II
  • fitter and turner
  • fitter and machinist
  • maintenance fitter
  • boilermaker
  • sheet metal worker
  • welder
  • patternmaker.

Industry links

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills. If you specialise in welding, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for welding certification by the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA). These certifications are highly sought after by industry.

Course structure

To be awarded MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering, a student must successfully complete the following:

  • twelve (12) core units (totalling 33 points), and:
  • elective units comprising of:
  • units selected from Group A, to the value of at least twelve (12) points, and;
  • units selected from Group B to a maximum value of eighty seven (87) points to bring the total value to one hundred and thirty two (132) points of which:
    • appropriate Group B units to the value of fourteen (14) points may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion in Certificate III and Certificate IV qualifications. Only select units that would be suitable for occupational outcomes in a higher engineering trade environment.

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).



Group A

Group A - Alternative Electives

Group B

Group B - Alternative Electives

Please note: Group A and Group B Electives must not be interchanged with Group A - Alternative Electives and Group B - Alternative Electives.

Group A and Group B Electives are packaged for the Mechanical stream, whereas Group A and Group B Alternative are packaged for Fabrication stream.

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

Fees & scholarships

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 subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • 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.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are required to complete a Pre-Training Review and a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining suitability.Students must have completed Certificate III in Engineering or Fabrication or provide evidence of equivalent experience in order to gain credits and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). In accordance with qualification requirements students must have access to a suitable workplace for on the-job training or is an existing apprentice under an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement. The training involves face to face theory and requires a specified number of hours of practice on relevant skills in a workplace. It should not be used as a pre-employment or pre-apprenticeship program.

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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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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