Metal Trades

MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade

Do you want to be a Metal Fabrication Tradie?  Then this is the course for you!

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 undertake 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.

MEM30305 – 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.

There are two specialist streams available:

  • Boiler-making/Welding
  • Light Fabrication – Sheet metal

Career Opportunities

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.

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

  • MEM30205 – Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (to gain a dual qualification)
  • MEM40105 – Certificate IV in Engineering
  • MEM50105 – Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade

Location, dates and times

This qualification is available year round, as it is delivered in the workplace through an apprenticeship.

Apprentice Training Information and Requirements

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73.  Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.  If you are a school student thinking of starting an Australian Apprenticeship while still at school, your school careers adviser should be your first point of call for information on Australian Apprenticeships.   Useful Links:

Days and Times of Delivery

Bender Drive Campus 

  • Monday to Friday  –   8am to 4.30pm.

Alanvale Campus

  • Monday to Thursday  –  8am to 4.30pm.
  • Friday  –  8am to 2.30pm. *

Devonport Campus

  • Monday to Thursday  –  8am to 4.30pm.
  • Friday  –  8am to 2.30pm. *

*To accommodate those apprentices working a 38 hour week


This qualification is generally delivered over 4 years on and off the job, but may be completed earlier depending on each individual’s experience.

Apprentices attend block release at our Bender Drive Hobart, Alanvale Campus Launceston and Valley Road Campus Devonport dependent on their home region of the state for approx. 7 weeks per year except the 4th year where there will be less training required.

Some employers require Day Release training due to the size of their work force or operational requirements.  Typically they prefer their employee to attend one day per week instead of block release. This is negotiated with the employer, student and trainer at the time of sign up.

Learners who undertake training on Day Release require an extra time allocation to allow for setting up and packing away each day.  Typically, learners on day release will require up to 35 days training per year during their 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of training.

Learners who undertake training on block release require up to 35 days training during their 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of training.  Some learners may not need this full allocation of training time due to credit transfers, recognition and individual differences.

4th year students may be allocated up to 15 days training if required.  This typically occurs in the North and North West but does not usually occur in the South due to the requirements of our largest employer who does not release students for training in their 4th year.

Learning Options

This course is delivered on campus and in the workplace.

Workplace Component

Learners have a combination of on the job/ off the job training. Whilst training on the job they are required to gather evidence of this training using either MyProfiling, testimonials, photographs etc.

Simulated work environment

Students spend a majority of their training time in the simulated work environment at TasTAFE.  This environment has been established to reflect current industry standards and practices.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Assessment of the units in this qualification is generally completed at TasTAFE, using evidence from activities conducted during theory and practical classes.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

What do I need to bring?

Participants must supply, or obtain access to, the following resources and equipment:

  • combination overalls (cotton)
  • steel capped boots
  • safety glasses
  • pen/biro and pencils
  • drawing pack/equipment
  • scientific calculator
  • writing pad
  • Students undertaking welding are also required to supply welding gloves and a welding helmet.

Student learning resources will be provided by TasTAFE

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Are there ‘other’ costs?

If My-profiling is being used by the Employer/Apprentice to gather workplace evidence, a $50.00 annual fee is payable.

Pens, pencils, writing pads, erasers, rulers, set squares, compasses, calculators, ear plugs and safety glasses are available for purchase from the Bender Drive administration office, in the other regions these items can be purchased at local stationery suppliers.  Your trainer will be able to advise you on what is required.

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course, however the learner should be engaged as an apprentice under a Training Contract and be receiving appropriate structured on the job training while undertaking this qualification.


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.  Students will be asked to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment to determine any learning support needs.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade.

Qualification Requirements

Based on information available from the Government apprentice website the following packaging rules apply for completion of this training product:

  • completion of all 12 core units of competency, and
  • completion of Group A Fabrication Trade stream units to the value of at least 40 points, and
  • completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units listed in Appendix 1, Volume 1 of the Training Package, to bring the total value to at least 73 points

TasTAFE has a Quality Assessment System (located on the intranet) which aims to ensure that assessment of our students meets the requirements of the nationally endorsed training packages and accredited courses, and produces graduates with the relevant skills and knowledge for the workplace.  All assessments for this training program comply with the assessment requirements of the MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package and in accordance with the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence.


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