MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade

  • National code: MEM30205
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Workplace training and assessment.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge to work as an Engineering Tradesperson – Mechanical, within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or other industries where Engineering Tradesperson – Mechanical 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 qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

Job roles /employment outcome

The Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade specifies the competencies required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson – Mechanical including the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of all mechanical equipment, machinery, 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 Engineering Tradesperson – Mechanical roles in other industries.

Training and assessment in this qualification requires access to facilities and equipment in a relevant workplace environment. Students are therefore required to be currently employed in such an environment, with access available for training and assessment to be conducted at the workplace.

Duration: 12 - 48 months*

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

Units: 12 Core Units + 73 Points Electives 

Please note that there may be pre-requisites for some units of competency in this qualification.

Employability Skill Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :
Communication+ Read, interpret, follow and communicate information on written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents
+ Produce sketches, diagrams, charts or graphs
+ Check and clarify task-related information
+ Recognise and use common mechanical engineering terminology and symbols
+ Liaise with appropriate authorities
Teamwork+ Work alone or as part of a team
+ Contribute to a group effort in order to plan and carry out work
+ Identify work roles, communicate and cooperate with others
Problem-solving+ Undertake numerical operations, geometry and calculations/ formulae (including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, percentages and proportions, simple ratios and averages)
+ Use appropriate measuring techniques
Inspect quality of own or other employee's work
Analyse information according to enterprise and work requirements
+ Assess operation and condition of components against specifications or manufacturer's requirements
+ Use diagnostic skills and tests to identify and determine causes of faults, including interpretation of in-built fault indicators and error codes
+ Develop, implement and evaluate solutions to problems
+ Translate designs into practical outcomes
Initiative and enterprise+ Be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts
+ Identify actual and foreseeable workplace hazards during course of work
+ Implement OHS risk management procedures
+ Modify work plan to overcome unforeseen difficulties or developments that occur as work progresses
+ Participate in improvement procedures including process, quality and internal/external customer/supplier relationships
+ Economise material and energy use and minimise waste+
+ Identify sequence of activities/operations
Planning and organising+ Plan, prioritise and sequence work operations/ complete activities/ scheduled production
+ Select and use planning techniques and tools
+ Organise and analyse information relevant to work
+ Set up jobs prior to commencement of work including selection of appropriate tools, equipment and materials and adjustment of equipment
Self-management+ Carry out work safely and in accordance with company policy and procedures, manufacturer's recommendations and legislative requirements
+ Monitor performance of operation or quality of product or service to ensure customer satisfaction
+ Take responsibility for own work outcomes
+ Apply techniques, procedures, tools and equipment for compliance with site or manufacturers' specifications.
Learning+ Check and clarify task related information with appropriate personnel or technical adviser
+ Identify customers' requirements with respect to the operation or quality of the product or service
+ Assess and modify own work practices
+ Use manuals, online help and other reference materials such as catalogues/lists as required
+ Maintain current knowledge of applicable standards, legislation, codes of practice and product/process developments
+ Assist with on the job training and assessment
Technology+ Select and use appropriate tools, equipment, materials and machines
+ Select and use appropriate measuring/testing devices
+ Navigate technology to access /input /store/retrieve/save and produce information/data using appropriate software applications
+ Apply knowledge of appropriate engineering principles, techniques, procedures, diagnostic methods, tools and equipment to achieve the required outcome
+ Calibrate equipment/instruments
+ Improve efficiency of machines and equipment in order to minimise waste

Career Pathways:

  • Electrical Instrumentation Tradesperson
  • Fluid Power Mechanic
  • Knitting Mechanic
  • Maintenance Fitter
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Mechanical Engineering Tradesperson
  • Mechatronics Tradesperson
  • Motorman
  • Plant Mechanic
  • Plant Service and Maintenance Operator (Quarry)
  • Pumpman
  • Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Mechanic
  • Sewing Machine Mechanic
  • Spinning Mechanic
  • Steam Generation / Boilerhouse Operator (Pulp and Paper)
  • Textiles Mechanic
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • toolmaker
  • Tufting Mechanic
  • Watchmaker
  • Weaving Mechanic

Further Training Pathways:

  • MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering
  • MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade
  • or other relevant qualifications.

This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as an Engineering Tradesperson – Mechanical. Skills development would 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 mechanical tradesperson, fitter and turner, fitter and machinist, maintenance fitter, diesel fitter, plant mechanic, refrigeration mechanic and 1st class machinist.

RPL may be available for candidates with previous industry experience.