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Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Please Note: All enrolments in this qualification will be required to transition to the updated qualification MEM30219 - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade prior to the 31st of December 2022

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as a Mechanical Engineering Tradesperson within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries.


This program is offered as a 48 Month (4year) Australian Apprenticeship Training Contract.

Note: usually completed in approx. 3.5 years

You will be assigned an ATEC Case Manager who will work with you and your employer to develop a Training Plan that suits the needs of you and your employer.


There are theory and practical training and assessment components to the course. Skills will be trained and assessed through a blend of off-the-job (trade school), self paced study and on-the-job training.

Entry Requirements

Participants MUST:

  • Be signed into an approved Training Contract with an employer through an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network
  • Be 16 years or older for a standard apprenticeship training contract; or
  • 15 years or older for a school based apprenticeship training contract
  • Be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or hold an eligible VISA.
  • Have the ability to read, write and understand basic English and carry out basic mathematical calculations.
  • Have the physical ability to perform practical fabrication skills.


Full Fee

$13,800.00 AUD (GST exempt)

Note: Fee for Service students (full fee paying) are required to pay a deposit (to a maximum of $1500) with the balance of fees due prior to the completion of training. Alternately, payment by direct debit can be arranged with a deposit required for this option.

Subsidised Fee

$3100.00 AUD (GST exempt)

JobTrainer Subsidised Fee

$700.00 AUD (GST exempt)

This course may be subsidised by the Government of South Australia for eligible students. Please contact ATEC so we can assess your eligibility.

Learner Requirements

  • Provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI). Apply for an USI
  • Provision of Australian legal photo identification for enrolment purposes
  • Applicants will be required to attend an enrolment session and undertake a Literacy and Numeracy Assessment at a level required to successfully complete the qualification. Potential clients who are identified as not meeting course requirements will be assisted with referral to appropriate support services.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

To be supplied by participant:

  • Safety Boots (steel cap)
  • Safety glasses (non-tinted)
  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt (for WHS reasons please do not wear excessively loose clothing)
  • High visibility vest (high visibility shirt/jumper is acceptable)


On successful completion of all requirements of this course, learners will be issued with:

  1. A Record of Results; and a
  2. Certificate for the MEM30205 Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical Trade.
    Note: Students who do not complete all the requirements of this course will receive a Statement of Attainment for the units of competency that have been successfully achieved.

Course units

These units are a sample training plan that ATEC offers for this qualification in accordance with the qualification rules described in


Core course units

MEM13014AApply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM12023APerform engineering measurements
MEM12024APerform Computations
MEM14004APlan to undertake a routine task
MEM14005APlan a complete activity
MEM15002AApply quality systems
MEM15024AApply quality procedures
MEM16006AOrganise and communicate information
MEM16007AWork with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
MEM16008AInteract with computing technology
MEM17003AAssist in the provision of on the job training
MSAENV272BParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Group A - Mechanical Trade Stream units

MEM18001CUse hand tools
MEM18002BUse power tools/hand held operations
MEM09002BInterpret technical drawing
MEM07005CPerform general machining
MEM18055BDismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MEM18003CUse tools for precision work
MEM12006CMark off/out (general engineering)
MEM07006CPerform lathe operations
MEM07007CPerform milling operations
MEM07008DPerform grinding operations
MEM18006CRepair and fit engineering components
MEM07015BSet computer controlled machines/processes
MEM07016CSet and edit computer controlled machines/processes
MEM07018CWrite basic NC/CNC programs
MEM07019CProgram NC/CNC machining centre
MEM12003BPerform precision mechanical measurement
MEM07021BPerform complex lathe operations

Group B - Trade Specialisation units

MEM11011BUndertake manual handling
MEM09003BPrepare basic engineering drawing

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