MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering

  • National code: MEM40105
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Workplace training

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson or at equivalent levels in other industries where Engineering Tradespersons work.

The qualification has been specifically developed to be delivered to people who are existing engineering tradespersons or delivered to apprentices in an Engineering Trade who choose to study at a higher level during their apprenticeship. 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.


Duration: 6 - 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.

QLD Higher Level Skills

QLD User Choice: Prices will be subject to the nominal hours of the units of competency selected.

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 trade related information
+ Provide clear and precise information to others including trade team members, apprentices, production employees
+ Recognise and use common engineering terminology and symbols
+ Liaise with appropriate authorities
Teamwork+ Work alone or as part of a trade 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 advanced measuring techniques
+ Inspect quality of own or other employee's work
+ Assess operation and condition of equipment against specifications or manufacturer's requirements
+ Analyse information from drawings, production data, manuals and reports from other employees to improve equipment performance
+ 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
Planning and organising+ Plan, prioritise and sequence maintenance and repair operations to ensure completion of activities within schedules and with minimal disruption to scheduled production
+ Plan allocation of work to others including apprentices, trades assistants to ensure efficiency and safety
+ 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 and other legislative requirements
+ Monitor performance of own and other's work to ensure customer satisfaction, efficiency and sustainability
+ 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 internal or external customer requirements with respect to the work to be performed
+ Assess and modify own work practices
+ Use workshop and equipment manuals, online help, and other reference materials such as catalogues/lists as required
+ Maintain current knowledge of applicable standards, legislation, environmental and other codes of practice and product/process developments
+ Assist with on the job training and assessment
Technology+ Select, set up and use appropriate tools, equipment, materials and machines
+ Select and use appropriate measuring and testing devices to ensure compliance with tolerances and other specifications
+ 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
+ Check equipment and instruments for accuracy
+ Improve efficiency of machines and equipment in order to minimise waste

Career Pathways:

Special class engineering tradesperson – mechanical, fabrication or electrical/electronic

  • Special class mechanical tradesperson
  • Fitter and turner
  • Fitter and machinist
  • Maintenance fitter
  • Diesel fitter, plant mechanic
  • 1st class machinist
  • Special class metal fabrication tradesperson
  • Boilermaker
  • Sheet metal worker,
  • Welder
  • Moulder
  • Foundry tradesperson
  • Patternmaker
  • Special class electrical fitter
  • Electrical mechanic
  • Electrical fitter/mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Refrigeration mechanic
  • Radio tradesperson

Further Training Pathways:

  • 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 a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson – Level II. Skills development would be undertaken through post-apprenticeship training or as part of 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.

RPL may be available for candidates with previous industry experience.