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MEM50222 Diploma of Engineering - Technical

Engineering & Metal Trades

Next intake March 2025
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

This course is for people wanting to work as an engineering technician carrying out tasks such as engineering design and quality control / assurance monitoring. Students will enrol into the Diploma of Engineering, and have the option to undertake a Gordon Skill Set which will provide a pathway to Deakin University Engineering to undertake: 

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechatronics, Electrical engineering) 

Students will gain compulsory competencies in organising and analysing information, interacting with computing technology and selecting engineering materials. Students will also gain a range of elective competencies in areas relevant to your current or intended employment, such as CAD, drafting, quality control/assurance, basic fluid power, basic mechanical design, production scheduling, cost estimating and non-destructive testing.

Possible career outcomes

  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Engineering Associate 

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 DayStart: 3 Mar 2025
Mon to Thurs 8.30 am - 4.00pm
Full-time: 12 months    


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

  • Applicants hold a Certificate III or IV in Engineering and have post trade experience, literacy and numeracy of 3 at application may be accepted on the basis that their trade experience can be applied to the learning and assessment tasks and LN skill sets can be used to support their achievement of an exit level 4 score.
  • 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 MEM30012 40
Interact with computing technology MEM16008 20
Manage self in the engineering environment MEM22002 40
Organise and communicate information MEM16006 20
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSMENV272 30
Elective Units Code Hours
Apply basic engineering design concepts MEM09011 60
Apply engineering mechanics principles MEM23109 60
Apply technical mathematics MEM23004 80
Coordinate engineering projects MEM22013 60
Create 3D model assemblies using computer-aided design (CAD) system MEM09221 80
Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations MEM23003 80
Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements MEM30031 40
Perform computations MEM12024 30
Perform engineering measurements MEM12023 30
Prepare basic programs for programmable logic controllers MEM30027 20
Read and interpret technical engineering drawings MEM09229 40
Select common engineering materials MEM30007 40
Set up basic pneumatic circuits MEM30011 40
Use workshop equipment and processes to complete an engineering project MEM30029 60
Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering MEM13015 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:

  • Questioning
  • Observations and practical demonstrations 
  • ​Portfolio (work samples)
  • Product (reports, projects, role plays etc) 

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
Standard Tuition AUD $5.85 per hour 910 AUD $5,324.00 AUD $9,750.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.41 per hour 910 AUD $12,203.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,180.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $136.50


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.

  • 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: 9/07/2024 2:25:36 PM