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MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering - Technical~

Engineering & Metal Trades

Next intake February 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

Are you looking to develop your engineering career or gain practical engineering experience before undertaking a university degree? This course is for those who want to work as an engineering technician, carrying out engineering design and quality control/assurance monitoring tasks. The course covers CAD, drafting, basic fluid power, basic mechanical design, production scheduling, cost estimating and non-destructive testing.

If you see your future developing and designing projects, systems or infrastructure, then this course could provide you a pathway for entry into one of Deakin University’s internationally-recognised engineering bachelor degrees.

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Possible career outcomes

  • Civil Engineer.
  • Quality Control Engineer.
  • Production Supervisor.
  • Maintenance Engineer.
  • Automotive Engineer.
  • Assistant Executive Engineer.

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

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  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.

2024 February
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 1 Feb 2024 
Class DayTues, Wed & Thurs 8:30am- 4:00pm
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  


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.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 4.

  • Applicants who are school leavers post year 12 may be accepted on demonstration of an aptitude for engineering, for example, through having completed a relevant Certificate II trade qualification as one of their VCE/VCAL subjects.
  • 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 .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

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
Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment MEM30012A 40
Interact With Computing Technology MEM16008A 20
Organise And Communicate Information MEM16006A 20
Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices MSAENV272B 30
Select Common Engineering Materials MEM30007A 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Analyse A Simple Electrical System Circuit MEM30025A 40
Apply Basic Engineering Design Concepts MEM09011B 60
Apply computer aided manufacturing (CAM) processes VU22509 40
Apply technical mathematics MEM23004A 80
Coordinate engineering projects MEM22013A 60
Grade Point Average GRADEPOINTAVE 0
Interpret Technical Drawing MEM09002B 40
Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements MEM30031A 40
Perform Computations MEM12024A 30
Prepare Basic Programs For Programmable Logic Controllers MEM30027A 20
Set Up Basic Hydraulic Circuits MEM30010A 40
Set Up Basic Pneumatic Circuits MEM30011A 40
Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models MEM30033A 40
Use Graphical Techniques And Perform Simple Statistical Computations MEM12025A 20
Use workshop equipment and processes to complete an engineering project MEM30029A 60
Write and modify basic CNC programs VU22505 40


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
  • Written assignments
  • Team projects

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one 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
Standard Tuition AUD $5.85 per hour 800 AUD $4,680.00 AUD $9,750.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.41 per hour 800 AUD $10,728.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,435.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $120.00


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 $16,788

Payment plans may be available for students who are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.

VET Student Loan

To be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan, applicants will be required to:

  • undertake an independent assessment test to ensure they possess Level 3 in reading and numeracy, or
  • provide their Year 12 certificate, or
  • provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or above.

  • Bachelor of Engineering at Deakin University

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: 20/11/2023 4:14:03 PM