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22632VIC Certificate II in Engineering Studies

Free TAFE Engineering & Metal Trades

Next intake March 2025
LocationsEast Geelong Campus

Course description

Are you hoping to secure an apprenticeship and develop an engineering 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. Overall this course gives you entry-level skills for the engineering industry and will increase your potential to gain an apprenticeship.

If you are a Gordon VCE student

This course is offered to Gordon VCE students one day per week. To APPLY, select the VCE ONLY apply button below. As you will be studying in conjunction with VCE the entry requirements, learning outcomes and assessments differ. This course may be delivered under VETDSS as a partial qualification. Fees APPLY for this course – see the Fees section below.

Possible career outcomes

  • Fabricator – employed as a fabricator in related industries
  • Mechanical engineer – maintenance, diesel or workshop

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 during business hours to discuss upcoming intake dates.

2025 March
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Mar 2025 
Class Day      


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Selection mode

Core units Code Hours
Apply basic fabrication techniques VU23479 40
Apply occupational health and safety principles in an engineering environment VU23481 20
Interpret and prepare basic two and three dimensional engineering drawings VU23477 30
Perform basic machining processes VU23478 40
Perform intermediate engineering computations VU23480 40
Report on the sectors and employment in the manufacturing engineering and related industries VU23476 20
Safely use hand tools and hand held power tools for general engineering applications VU23475 40
Undertake a basic engineering project MEMPE006 80
Elective units Code Hours
Produce basic engineering components and products using fabrication and machining operations VU23482 60


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

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

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.83 per hour 370 AUD $307.00 AUD $0.00
Standard Tuition AUD $4.13 per hour 370 AUD $1,528.00 AUD $0.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $18.10 per hour 370 AUD $6,697.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $450.00 once per year
Education Levy AUD $55.50


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

  • MEM31922 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade
  • MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

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: 17/07/2024 12:00:57 PM