MSA30208 Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology

  • National code: MSA30208
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Brisbane, Logan, School Based

This qualification is suitable for delivery as part of a one-year Technology Cadetship, or can be undertaken through an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement.

This qualification has seven specialist streams available. These are:

  • CAD/drafting
  • Manufacturing operations
  • Laboratory operations
  • Technical officer
  • Metallurgy
  • Polymer technology
  • Structural steel detailing.

Each stream offers an opportunity for significant choice in electives and each stream requires the same core units to be completed.

Duration: 12 Months*

*Duration may vary depending on learner's circumstances and previous experience.

3 Core Units + 8 Elective Units

Employability Skill Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :
Communication+ Use communication technologies efficiently
+ Communicate production abnormalities, documentation and test results
+ Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with people from a range of backgrounds
Teamwork+ Work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion
+ Liaise with and provide support to other team members
+ Work as part of a team
+ Identify team performance required to meet customer needs
+ Provide leadership to others in the team
+ Encourage the sharing of information between team members
+ Plan and support team activities
Problem-solving+ Identify and report problems and make contributions to their solution
+ Investigate problem causes
+ Implement changes
+ Examine equipment for damage, missing components or other defects
+ Identify and promptly address problems or issues
+ Assess quality of work according to specifications
+ Determine effective work practices
+ Problem solve machine operational requirements
Initiative and enterprise+ Seek and provide feedback on procedures
+ Gather and analyse information
+ Record information on the quality and other indicators of production performance
+ Identify and implement simple process improvements
+ Coordinate work activities and manufacturing processes
+ Use analytical and decision making skills
Planning and organising+ Identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures
+ Organise self and others to meet production schedules
+ Sequence work to maximise safety and productivity
+ Select and use appropriate tools and equipment
+ Apply time management skills to ensure work flow
Self-management+ Plan own work requirements from production requests
+ Perate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
+ Select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures
+ Plan to ensure effective production
+ Apply workplace procedures
+ Identify resource requirements, document and monitor
+ Recognise limitations and seek timely advice
Learning+ Ask questions to gain information
+ Identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding
+ Participate in improvement procedures
+ Participate in development of continuous improvement strategies
Technology+ Operate and adjust processes
+ Start up and shut down equipment
+ Set up equipment
+ Monitor product/process quality
+ Function and operating principles of equipment, machine components
+ Maintain computer based workplace records

Career Pathways:

  • Drafting Technical Operative
  • Laboratory Assistant (Manufacturing)
  • Manufacturing Process Operator
  • Manufacturing Technical Operative
  • Metallurgy Technical Assistant
  • Polymer Technical Assistant
  • Product Designer
  • Quality Assurance Assistant (Manufacturing)
  • Structural Steel Detailing Assistant

Further Training Pathways:

  • MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering and
  • MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade
  • Other Relevant Qualifications.


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.

RPL may be available for candidates with previous industry experience.