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Gain trade qualifications in mechanical engineering

To study for this Certificate III you will need to be an existing contracted apprentice in the field of mechanical engineering.  This course will qualify you to service, maintain and repair heavy earthmoving and agricultural machinery as well as large marine engines, heavy lift vehicles and stationary plant equipment. Training is delivered in workshops, in the classroom and at your place of work.

Whilst the apprentice would use a wide range of hand tools and electrical/air power tools, the apprentice would also need to use the following:

  • welding equipment
  • hydraulic presses
  • cranes or gantries
  • tuning equipment
  • lathes (milling and other attachments, optional), and
  • the necessary specialised equipment required to carry out these duties (ie: various pressure testers, valve servicing equipment, brake servicing equipment, ring compressors, pulling or bearing equipment etc.).

It is expected that the apprentice would perform these duties on engines, cooling systems, automatic transmissions, brakes, clutches, gear boxes, fuel pumps, axle assemblies and electrical equipment related to these items. Duties may also involve the repair of shipping machinery (ie: winches, glands, drive shafts, turbines etc) and power station maintenance.

The apprentice would normally work in a workshop but may on occasion perform work away from his normal workplace. Apprentices involved in this type of work would work in an enclosed and well equipped workshop, using specialist measuring equipment and a range of hand tools, work from detailed drawings and be expected to use the following equipment:

  • welding equipment
  • lathes
  • milling machinery
  • grinding machinery
  • hydraulic presses
  • thread cutting machinery
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Numerical Control (NC) lathes or machining equipment
  • hydraulic copying equipment
  • tool cutting and grinding equipment
  • gear cutting machinery, and
  • boring equipment.

The apprentice may operate metal/ceramic spraying equipment, hydraulic test equipment and undertake the treatment of metals (oil baths, furnaces, gas or electric ovens etc).

You may be able to obtain recognition for your work or life experiences under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Speak to your teacher in the first session to start this process. Course details

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Gold Coast - Ashmore

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Workplace/TAFE: 4 years

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Key dates

Gold Coast - Ashmore Any time Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

To be eligible to enrol into this program as an apprentice students need to have completed a Training Contract with an employer and be signed up into an apprenticeship.

  • If under 16 years of age you will need to fill out an Application for Dispensation form prior to enrolment.
  • Admission may be on the basis of maturity and other relevant work experience.

Apprentices may be eligible for partial recognition of prior learning if they can demonstrate experience in the trade. Please discuss this with the TAFE representative who completes your apprenticeship induction site visit.

Non-apprentices may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in full.

  • Do you have industry experience that you would like recognised?
  • Prior to enrolment we are able to assess your skills via Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • If you have completed an accredited program through another training provider you may be eligible to receive a Credit Transfer.
  • If you have relevant industry experience you may be eligible to receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • For further information please email the RPL Coordinator at

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast is an Approved Provider with the NSW State Training Services, and we offer interstate training services for NSW employers and apprentices. To view services offered to NSW clients please visit


Gold Coast - Ashmore
Corner Heeb Street and Benowa Road
Ashmore QLD 4214

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There may be an additional cost for text books.


Delivery is held over 4 years at Ashmore using a combination of workplace training and TAFE attendance.

Many TAFE Queensland Gold Coast apprenticeships now offer the option of more on-the-job training and therefore less time spent attending TAFE. Wherever this is the case a TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Trainer is assigned to attend your workplace to deliver training and assess your skills and knowledge.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has structured training for various course competencies that are not practised regularly in the workplace so many employers may still choose to send their apprentice to TAFE to learn those skills, however, this is done by negotiation between the employer and the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast trainer.

The approved hours for an individual apprentice will vary according to the units of competency specified in their individual training plan.


To achieve a Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade 96 points must be completed.

MEM12003B Perform precision mechanical measurement Elective Diesel Fitting/Fitting and Turning
MEM18012B Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals Elective Diesel Fitting/Fitting and Turning
MEM18008B Balance equipment Elective Fitting and Turning
MEM18011C Shut down and isolate machines/equipment Elective Fitting and Turning
MEM1826C Test compression ignition fuel systems Elective Diesel Fitting
MEM18035B Diagnose and rectify braking systems Elective Diesel Fitting
MEM18030B Diagnose and rectify low voltage electrical systems Elective Diesel Fitting
MEM18032B Maintain induction/exhaust systems Elective Diesel Fitting
MEM18033B Perform engine bottom-end overhaul Elective Diesel Fitting
MEM18034B Perform engine top-end overhaul Elective Diesel Fitting
MEM18021B Maintain hydraulic systems Elective Fitting and Turning
MEM05015D Weld using manual metal arc welding process Elective Mechanical
MEM12006C Mark off/out (general engineering) Elective Mechanical/Fitting and Turning
MEM18004B Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment Elective Mechanical/Fitting and Turning
MEM18007B Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies Elective Mechanical/Fitting and Turning
MEM18009B Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components Elective Mechanical/Fitting and Turning
MEM07005C Perform general machining Elective Mechanical/Fitting and Turning
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding Elective Mechanical/Fitting and Turning
MEM05017D Weld using gas metal arc welding process Elective Mechanical
MEM05051A Select welding processes Elective Mechanical
MEM05052A Apply safe welding practices Elective Mechanical
MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting Elective Mechanical/Fitting and Turning
MEM18028B Maintain engine lubrication systems Elective Diesel Fitting
MEM18024B Maintain engine cooling systems Elective Diesel Fitting
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information Core
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment Core
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology Core
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training Core
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures Core
MEM15002A Apply quality systems Core
MEM12024A Perform computations Core
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment Core
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task Core
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity Core
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting Elective
MEM18005B Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings Elective
MEM18006C Repair and fit engineering components Elective
MEM18020B Maintain hydraulic system components Elective
MEM18055B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components Elective
MEM18003C Use tools for precision work Elective
MEM18002C Use power tools/hand held operations Elective
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding Elective
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing Elective
MEM18001C Use hand tools Elective
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Eligible apprentices and trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Services.

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training place and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship please email Donna McPherson at

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


The Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade specifies the competencies required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical including the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of all mechanical equipment, machinery, fluid power systems, stationary and mobile equipment, instruments, refrigeration, and the use of computer controlled machine tools. Employment outcomes related to this qualification are found in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors as well as Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical roles in other industries.

Job prospects

  • Apprenticeship - Engineering Trade

Anthony Slavic

Learning practical skills through hands-on teaching

As a self proclaimed 'hands on' learner, my teachers at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast recognised the importance of providing me with avenues that showcase my desire to be creative with my hands. The practical knowledge and skills I have learnt throughout the course as well as having the qualification from completing a nationally accredited course, will allow me to fulfil my desire to travel the country....making and fixings things!

Anthony Slavic
Certificate III in Carpentry

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland Gold Coast to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO). Contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract, then give us a call.

If you aren't employed yet, contact Australian JobSearch or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 13 72 48 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 25 August 2017

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