MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade

  • National code: MEM30305
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Workplace training

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.

There are five specialist streams available:

+ Boilermaking/Welding

+ Casting and Moulding

+ Light Fabrication – Sheetmetal

+ Patternmaking

+ Surface Finishing

Job roles /employment outcomes

The 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.

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.

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 


Employability Skill Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :
+ Read, interpret, follow and communicate information on written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents
+ Convey and share technical information
+ Produce sketches, diagrams, charts or graphs
+ Check and clarify task-related information
+ Recognise and use common fabrication terminology
+ 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 to identify and determine causes of faults, including interpretation of in-built fault indicators and error codes
+ 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 use and minimise waste
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, environmental guidelines 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, tools and equipment to achieve the required outcome

Possible Career Pathways:

  • Metal fabrication tradesperson
  • Boilermaker
  • 1st class sheet metal worker
  • 1stclass welder, moulder
  • Foundry tradesperson
  • Patternmake

Further Training Pathways:

  • MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering and
  • 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 – 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.