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MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Engineering & Metal Trades

Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: Up to 4 yrs

Course description

This qualification is suited to apprentices working in manufacturing, engineering and related industries. It gives you comprehensive skills and knowledge in mechanical engineering in line with your chosen career.

You will learn practical and theoretical training in workplace communication, OHS, quality procedures and planning, interpreting drawings and specifications, setting up and operating equipment, milling and machining, and various mechanical trade-specific industry skills.

You can enhance your trade skills by furthering your theoretical and practical studies in MEM50222 Diploma of Engineering - Technical.

Government funding is only available for this course if you have a current apprentice or trainee training contract and meet all eligibility criteria.

Possible career outcomes

  • Fitter and turner
  • Maintenance fitter
  • Tool maker
  • TCF mechanic

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: Up to 4 yrs    
2025 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 15 Dec 2025 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: Up to 4 yrs    


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 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.
  • 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.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

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 .

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

Core Units Code Hours
Interact with computing technology MEM16008 20
Interpret technical drawing MEM09002 40
Organise and communicate information MEM16006 20
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSMENV272 30
Perform computations MEM12024 30
Perform engineering measurements MEM12023 30
Undertake manual handling MEM11011 20
Use hand tools MEM18001 20
Use power tools/hand held operations MEM18002 20
Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering MEM13015 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Apply basic engineering design concepts MEM09011 60
Assist in the provision of on-the-job training MEM17003 20
Carry out mechanical cutting MEM05005 20
Dismantle replace and assemble engineering components MEM18055 30
Maintain pneumatic system components MEM18018 40
Perform fault diagnosis installation and removal of bearings MEM18005 40
Perform general machining MEM07005 80
Perform lathe operations MEM07006 40
Perform manual heating and thermal cutting MEM05007 20
Perform milling operations MEM07007 40
Perform precision fitting of engineering components MEM18006 60
Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components MEM18009 40
Perform routine gas metal arc welding MEM05050 20
Perform routine manual metal arc welding MEM05012 20
Plan work activities MEM14006 40
Shut down and isolate machines/equipment MEM18011 20
Use improvement processes in team activities MEM15003 40
Use tools for precision work MEM18003 40
Use workshop machines for basic operations MEM07032 20


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 projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Industry placement
  • Team projects
  • Exam

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 $0.71 per hour 960 AUD $682.00 AUD $15,500.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.55 per hour 960 AUD $3,408.00 AUD $15,500.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $20.30 per hour 960 AUD $19,488.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Education Levy AUD $144.00
Materials AUD $1,885.00 Once


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.

  • MEM50222 Diploma of Engineering – Technical

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: 26/06/2024 4:00:54 PM