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Imagine where you could go with a trade qualification from TAFE Queensland

This program is offered as apprenticeship training and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) only.

The skills outcomes from the engineering mechanical trade cover a wide range of areas; (1) engineering mechanical, (2) engineering mechanical (machining), (3) engineering mechanical (maintenance – fitting and/or turning).

Engineering employment outcomes from this qualification will depend on the industry skills requirement chosen by the employer/apprentice.

Apprentices may undertake a range of tasks including the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of all mechanical equipment machinery; work in fluid power systems, diesel fitting, instruments, refrigeration/air conditioning and related computer controlled equipment (e.g. programmable logic controllers (PLC's), computer controlled equipment and computer numeric controlled machine tools. Course details

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Burdekin, Cairns, Mt Isa, Townsville Trade Training Centre

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Workplace/TAFE: 3 years

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1300 656 959

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Burdekin Any time Workplace/TAFE
Cairns Any time Workplace/TAFE
Mt Isa Any time Workplace/TAFE
Townsville Trade Training Centre Any time Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is usually as an apprentice or via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  Successful students will be recognised as professional tradespeople. In some cases, credit towards this qualification may apply from previously completed study. School based apprenticeships are also available. For more information, call  Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

Minimum age: Entry into an apprenticeship or traineeship is generally limited to individuals who are 16 years of age or older. In special circumstances consideration may be given to individuals 13 years or older. Students who are under 18 years of age at the start date of their apprenticeship or traineeship, must have a their training contract signed by a parent or guardian.

Education: Levels of education that should be attained prior to entry into the apprenticeship may be recommended but these are not mandatory unless the levels are set in legislation. Call Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210 for more information.

All TAFE Queensland apprentices must complete a literacy and numeracy indicator as part of their training (bksb).


Seventeenth Street
Home Hill QLD 4806

Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Mt Isa
165-179 Abel Smith Parade
Mount Isa QLD 4825

Townsville Trade Training Centre
763 Ingham Road
Townsville QLD 4818

Resources required

Students must supply following items:

  • Protective clothing
  • Broad brimmed hat for all outdoor activities
  • Steel capped safety boots are required while engaged in work activities and while students are in designated areas of TAFE Queensland North
  • Long sleeved shirts are highly recommended. *Singlet tops are not allowed.
  • Welding shield and Welding Gloves / Long Gauntlets for MMAW, GMAW and Thermal Cutting
  • Clear safety glasses to AS1337
  • Notepad and pen


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The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade are:

  • completion of all core units of competency (12), and
  • completion of Group A Mechanical Trade stream units to the value of at least 40 points, and
  • completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units, to bring the total value to at least 73 points
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements Core
MEM12024A Perform computations Core
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment Core
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task Core
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity Core
MEM15002A Apply quality systems Core
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures Core
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information Core
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment Core
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology Core
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training Core
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
MEM07005C Perform general machining Elective Mech Trade A
MEM07006C Perform lathe operations Elective Mech Trade A
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing Elective Mech Trade A
MEM12006C Mark off/out (general engineering) Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18001C Use hand tools Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18003C Use tools for precision work Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18004B Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18005B Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18006C Repair and fit engineering components Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18007B Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18011C Shut down and isolate machines/equipment Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18012B Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18018C Maintain pneumatic system components Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18020B Maintain hydraulic system components Elective Mech Trade A
MEM18055B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components Elective Mech Trade A
MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting Elective Fabrication
MEM05006B Perform brazing and/or silver soldering Elective Fabrication
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting Elective Fabrication
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding Elective Fabrication
MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding Elective Fabrication
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding Elective Fabrication


Not all electives available at all campuses

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No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland North has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 656 959. We're here to help.

Prices are subject to change.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Job prospects

  • Mechanical Engineering Trades Worker

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  • received booking confirmed and got your Training Notice
  • checked your course cost and know which payment option is right for you (under the costs tab).
  • read the student rules and refund policy

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 17 November 2017

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