Cert III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade

Course Code: MEM30305

This qualification 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 to meet the needs of apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

Job roles / employment outcomes

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.

Employment outcomes related to this qualification are found in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors as well as Engineering Tradesperson – Fabrication roles in other industries.


This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as an Engineering Tradesperson – Fabrication. Skills development would usually be undertaken through an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement where the mix of on and off-the-job training would be specified in the Training Plan associated with the Contract of Training between the employer and apprentice.

Assessment of some units of competency must, where indicated, include evidence of the candidate’s performance in a productive work environment where there is a sufficient range of appropriate tasks and materials to cover the scope of application of those units. All outcomes must reflect the standard of performance inherent in the job.

Occupational titles that this qualification is suitable for may vary and include metal fabrication tradesperson, boilermaker, 1st class sheet metal worker, 1st class welder, moulder, foundry tradesperson and patternmaker.

The following Units of Competency are a typical example however may vary based on the Registered Training Organisation.

 Units of CompetencyNominal Hours
Stage / Cluster 1
MEM13014AApply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment10
MEM12023APerform engineering measurements30
MEM12024APerform computations30
MEM18001CUse hand tools20
MEM03003BPerform sheet and plate assembly40
MEM18002BUse power tools/hand held operations20
MEM05050BPerform routine gas metal arc welding20
MEM05012CPerform routine manual metal arc welding20
MSAENV272BParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices30
MEM16006AOrganise and communicate information20
Stage / Cluster 2
MEM14004APlan to undertake a routine task10
MEM05049BPerform routine gas tungsten arc welding20
MEM09002BInterpret technical drawing40
MEM05037CPerform geometric development60
MEM16008AInteract with computing technology20
MEM16007AWork with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment10
MEM05005BCarry out mechanical cutting20
MEM05007CPerform manual heating and thermal cutting20
Stage / Cluster 3
MEM05010CApply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques80
MEM12006CMark off/out (general engineering)40
MEM08010BManually finish/polish materials60
MEM15002AApply quality systems20
MEM14005APlan a complete activity20
MEM05051ASelect welding processes20
MEM05009CPerform automated thermal cutting20
MEM05053ASet and edit computer controlled thermal cutting machines40
Stage / Cluster 4
MEM05011DAssemble fabricated components80
MEM05052AApply safe welding practices40
MEM17003AAssist in the provision of on the job training20
MEM15024AApply quality procedures10
MEM12007DMark off/out structural fabrications and shapes40
MEM05036CRepair/replace/modify fabrications40
MEM05017DWeld using gas metal arc welding process40