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22470VIC VETDSS - Certificate II in Engineering Studies

Course description

*At the completion of this VETDSS course students will gain a partial qualification only.

Are you currently attending secondary school and hoping to secure an engineering apprenticeship to pursue a career in the metal fabrication, manufacturing or mechanical field? Then this course will help you get started.

You will learn how to produce technical drawings, basic fabrication techniques and machining processes, use hand and power tools, and handle basic engineering projects. When you complete the course, you may gain credit towards your VCE.

You will gain entry-level skills for the engineering industry while increasing your potential to gain an apprenticeship. 

Work placement/industry experience

10 days of work placement over two years is strongly recommended. This may occur during the term holidays.

The sourcing of placement will be the joint responsibility of the secondary school, the student and the Local Learning and Employment Network.

Possible career outcomes

  • Engineering apprentice
  • Fabricator - employed as a fabricator in related industries
  • Mechanical engineer - maintenance, diesel or workshop
  • Composites - carbon fibre, fibre glass or boat building

How to apply

You must first speak to your school about VETDSS before proceeding with the below application.

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application or watch our how to apply video.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered East Geelong Campus
Part-time: 2 Years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayIntake Only for Gordon VCE Student
Part-time: 2 Years  Apply  


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.

  • Applicants must be 15 years or over
  • Must be attending Secondary School

The Gordon is committed to ensuring all students have access to the educational and support services they may need while studying. We do this by carrying out a pretraining review that is integrated with the application and enrolment process. For most courses, this review also includes a short literacy and numeracy assessment relevant to the course. The outcomes of the pretraining review assist our teachers and trainers to better understand each student’s capabilities prior to training and enable all students to be matched to the right program for them.

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate literacy and numeracy level equivalent to the successful completion of year 9.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Secondary school referral
  • Via the VETDSS department

Core Units Code Hours
Apply basic fabrication techniques VU22332 40
Apply Principles Of Occupational Health And Safety In The Work Environment MEM13014A 10
Perform basic machining processes VU22331 40
Report on a range of sectors in the manufacturing engineering and related industries VU22329 30
Select and interpret drawings and prepare three dimensional (3D) sketches and drawings VU22330 20
Undertake a basic engineering project MEMPE006A 80
Use Hand Tools MEM18001C 20
Elective Units Code Hours
Perform intermediate engineering computations VU22333 40
Produce basic engineering components and products using fabrication and machining operations VU22334 60
Set Up Basic Pneumatic Circuits MEM30011A 40
Use Power Tools/Hand Held Operations MEM18002B 20

Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work
  • Workplace tasks              
  • Written assignments                     
  • Team projects

  • MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
  • MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering - Technical
  • MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade
  • Course in Trade Welding (from MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours): Civil / Electrical and Electronics / Mechanical / Mechatronics

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 10/01/2023 2:02:30 PM