Metal Trades

MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering

Want to become a higher-level tradie? Then this is the qualification for you!

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Mechanical) – Level II, Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Fabrication) – Level II, Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Electrical/Electronic) – Level II within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or at equivalent levels in other industries where Engineering Tradespersons work.

The MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering specifies the competencies required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson – Level II in mechanical, electrical/electronic or fabrication trade disciplines.   The job role involves application of additional skills in the learner’s trade or cross skills from other trades. Job roles may include the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault-finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of equipment and machinery, the fabrication of structures and assemblies, manufacture of sheet metal work, as well as use of relevant machinery, equipment and joining techniques.   Machinery and equipment can include 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 Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson – Level II related roles in other industries.

Career Opportunities

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

Study Pathways

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

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:


Most learners enter this qualification with a relevant Certificate III qualification (73 points) and receive Recognition or Credit Transfers for units completed.   To complete this course an extra 36 points is required to reach the 109 points for the qualification.   Students will take up to 18 months to achieve this. An apprentice is likely to attend TAFE for 7 weeks or 35 days per year.

A learner who has direct entry to the course is required to complete units to the value of 109 points. They will take up to 5 years to complete the course.

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, workplace testimonials, photographs or completed projects.

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.

Fees and Payments

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

What will 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.

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, setsquares, compasses, calculators, earplugs 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

Generally, the learner is either already a tradesperson with access to structured on or off-the-job training, or is an apprentice under 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.


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.


MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering

Qualification Requirements

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

  • completion of all core units of competency and
  • completion of units from the Group A Specialisation electives to the value of at least 12 points, and
  • Completion of Group B electives to bring the total value to at least 109 points.

Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total (refer to units and prerequisites listing in Appendix 2, Volume 1).


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