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This is a Nationally Recognised Training course

Course Description

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade is a nationally recognised qualification that covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or other industries where Engineering Tradespersons - Fabrication work.

The qualification has been specifically developed for apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. The Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade specifies the competencies required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication including metal fabrication, forging, founding, structural steel erection, electroplating, metal spinning, metal polishing, sheet metal work, welding and the use of related computer controlled equipment.

The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.


Units of Competencies
Total number of units = 12 core units and a range of electives units to total a minimum of 73 points.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual delivery hours delivered may differ depending on delivery mode.

Unit CodeUnit NameCore/ElectiveNominal Hours


Perform Engineering measurements




Perform computations




Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment




Plan to undertake a routine task




Plan a complete activity




Apply quality systems




Apply quality procedures




Organise and communicate information




Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related




Interact with computing technology




Assist in the provision of on the job training




Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices




Elective Units – Group A Fabrication Trade Stream Units -  minimum of 40 points total required

Unit CodeUnit NameCore/ElectiveNominal HoursPre RequisitePoints
MEM03003BPerform sheet and plate assemblyElective X24
MEM05004CPerform routine oxy acetylene weldingElective  2
MEM05005BCarry out mechanical cutting – path 1Elective x22
MEM05007CPerform manual heating and thermal cuttingElective  2
MEM05010CApply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques - path 1Elective x58
MEM05011DAssemble fabricated components - path 1Elective x108
MEM05012CPerform routine manual metal arc weldingElective  2
MEM05015DWeld using manual metal arc welding process - path 1Elective x64
MEM05017DWeld using gas metal arc welding process - path 1Elective x64
MEM05019DPerform manual heating and thermal cuttingElective x64
MEM05036CRepair/replace/modify fabrications - path 1Elective x114
MEM05037CPerform geometric development - path 1Elective x36
MEM05047BWeld using flux core arc welding process - path 1Elective x64
MEM05049BPerform routine gas tungsten arc weldingElective  2
MEM05050BPerform routine gas metal arc weldingElective  2
MEM05051ASelect welding processesElective  2
MEM05052AApply safe welding practicesElective  4
MEM09002BInterpret technical drawingElective  4
MEM10001CErect structures - path 1Elective x104
MEM18001CUse hand toolsElective  2
MEM18002BUse power tools/hand held operationsElective  2
MEM12007DMark off/out structural fabrications and shapesElective x14

Elective Units – Group B Mechanical Trade Specialisation  Units -  points required to bring to minimum value to 73

Unit CodeUnit NameCore/ElectiveNominal HoursPre RequisitePoints


Undertake Manual Handling






The Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade can typically be completed in 36 – 48 months.  This may vary if you have applied for Credit Transfers or Recognition of Prior Learning.

Mode of Delivery

Delivery will mainly be :

  • Face to face: class room
  • On-the-job: technical experts/workplace supervisor/trainer
  • Blended: this approach is offered for those who cannot attend scheduled face to face session/s

Types of Assessments

Oral questioning, workbook activities, practical tasks

Observation and or demonstration of performance, simulation, third party report, projects

There will be other methods of assessment depending on the type of delivery and specific workplace focus or job role.

Course fees are made up of two components; tuition and materials fees.Due to the different level of Government subsidies available to students,there are three possible fee levels for tuition fees; concession, standard and full fee. Only one will beapplicable to you.

Please visit our Fees & Charges page for more information. Government funding and assistance varies between states, and we recommend that you contact AiGTS in order to consult on the appropriate funding that suits your personal requirements.

Full fee-paying students - Fees can be made by paying an initial payment of $1500 and remaining amountsvia 8 instalments in accordance with the Service Level Agreement.

FFS - $4,300.00 per year for 3 years

Full fees are applicable to students who do not meet State or Commonwealth funding eligibility criteria.

Entry Requirements

There is no qualification entry requirement. It is assumed that the learner is engaged as an apprentice under a Training Contract and that the learner is receiving appropriate structured on-the-job training while undertaking this qualification.

Pre Training Review

All applicants are required to complete a mandatory pre-training review which is completed prior to enrolment to ensure applicants meet the requirements to undertake the qualification.

Language, literacy and numeracy

All applicants are required to complete a Language, literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolling.  This qualification requires sound communication and interpersonal skills, the capacity to read and interpret written instructions and the ability to analyse and write reports in context to the job role.

Study Pathways

Pathways into the qualification
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.  Credit for relevant units of competency achieved should be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed MEM10105 Certificate I in Engineering, MEM10205 Certificate I in Boating Services, MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering, MEM20205 Certificate II in Engineering - Production Technology or other relevant qualifications.  Credit towards this qualification may also include units of competency contained within relevant pre-vocational and pre-apprenticeship programs and Statements of Attainment.

Pathways from the qualification
Further training pathways from this qualification include MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering and MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade (not on RTO Scope of registration) or other relevant qualifications.

Employment Pathways

The following list of employment pathways are examples of career goal/s and opportunities available for those who complete this AQF qualification:

  • Boilermaker
  • Boilermaker/Welder
  • Foundry
  • Tradesperson (Moulder)
  • Pressure Welder – Engineering
  • Sheetmetal Worker (First Class)
  • Welder (First Class) - Engineering

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL in simple terms involves the assessment of previously unrecognised skills and knowledge that an individual has achieved outside formal education and training system.  Find out more about RPL.

Student Support
The following learning support will be available to learners:

  • LL&N referral to an organisation which is equipped to provide such support
  • Reasonable adjustment and additional support provided in the event it is found that a student is having major difficulties in completing the qualification
  • Face to face, email and telephone support, in the event a student/client has requested such support or it is deemed they need this support to complete the qualification
  • Mentoring in the workplace or by the Trainer/Assessor
  • Counselling services (to be organised in consultation with the employer and when required by the student).
Application for entry to this course is available at any time. Please contact AiGTS on 1300 134 756 in order to discuss options for commencement. You can also submit your expression of interest online.