Engineering & Metal Trades

Engineering & Metal Trades

Whether you’re looking for a hands-on engineering trade, to add to your current engineering skills or a pathway to university, we can get you there.

Our engineering trade courses and metal trade courses are highly regarded. You’ll benefit from our numerous connections with major industry and engineering firms, and small to medium manufacturers throughout Geelong and Victoria.  

The practical nature of our courses means you’re equipped with a solid and comprehensive skill set for work across various trade industries. You’ll also learn on state-of-the-art CNC mills and lathes in our impressive engineering facilities at East Geelong Campus.

The Gordon is looking for past or present Engineering students. You are invited to take part in a brand new FREE pilot program. Follow this link to find out more about the program.

Scholarships available for engineering and metal trades students

The Geelong Galvanizing Scholarship is open to all engineering and metal trades students who are experiencing financial hardship. Go to Course/Industry Specific Scholarships to see if you are eligible.

Career outcomes

Salary range

Metal Fabricator $37,772 - $67,656
Fitter and turner - mechanical trade $89,000 - $110,000
Mechanical engineering technician $50,552 - $119,690

Source: Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location.

Pathways to University
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Profiles and Testimonials

“I have always enjoyed metal fabrication, starting back in high school. As an apprentice, I’m gaining the skills, experience and future outcomes from on-campus training and face-to-face exposure. I particularly enjoy The Gordon’s practical facilities and knowledgeable teachers who are helping me expand my knowledge in new areas of engineering.
I currently work for Epsilon Instrumentation where we specialise in calibration services and valve repair and testing.  The key skills and knowledge required are how to use certain machines for urgent situations and the knowledge of threads and certain other metal work. 
I would love to travel with my job and have considered continuing my study with pneumatics in the future.”

Jordan Anson-Gorman
Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

“I work for Buller Ski Lifts at Mt Buller and was offered to undertake a mature-age apprenticeship to further my skills.
In my job, you need to be able to think fast, work in adverse weather conditions, work as part of a team, and have a broad knowledge of mechanical technology. The Gordon facilities are great and there are plenty of tools and machinery to use to refine and practice our skills. In turn, I’m becoming better at my job and increasing my opportunities.
The benefits of an apprenticeship are learning real life skills, gaining real experience through your job, and at the end, you will be set up for the future.” 

Daniel Roberts
Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
Industry and Corporate Training

If you would like to book training for your organisation, please contact 5225 0800 to discuss your requirements.

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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