Project Description

Formalise your fabrication engineering skills.

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What is this course about?

The Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade defines the skills and knowledge required of an engineering tradesperson – fabrication within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries. 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.

The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range of fabrication work, including undertaking metal fabrication, structural steel erection, sheetmetal work, welding, blacksmithing and surface finishing.

Who should do it?

This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as an Engineering Tradesperson – Fabrication. Skills development should 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.

How will undertaking this course benefit you?

Assessment of some units of competency must, where indicated, include evidence of the candidate’s performance in a functioning workplace 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.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, in some jurisdictions units in this qualification may relate to licensing or regulatory requirements. Local regulations should be checked.

Are there any entry requirements?

All participants must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). To obtain yours, go to www.usi.gov.au and follow the prompts to create your USI.

How is it delivered?

Blended Delivery. A mix of both online and face to face learning.

Where is it?

At an Best Option Training Education Centre or at your work location

What do I get from it?

Upon successful completion participants receive a Certificate III  for MEM30319 – Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade issued by Best Option Training

To be awarded the MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade, units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • all core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Groups A, B, C, D, E, F and G as described below
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group H to bring the total value to 96 points.

To be awarded the MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking), units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • all core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Group B as described below
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group H to bring the total value to 96 points.

To be awarded the MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Welding), units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • all core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Group C as described below
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group H to bring the total value to 96 points.

To be awarded the MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking/welding), units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • all core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Group D as described below
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group H to bring the total value to 6 points.

To be awarded the MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Sheetmetal working), units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • all core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Group E as described below
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group H to bring the total value to 96 points.

To be awarded the MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Blacksmithing), units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • all core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Group F as described below
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group H to bring the total value to 96 points.

To be awarded the MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Surface finishing), units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • all core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 40 points from Group G as described below
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group H to bring the total value to 96 points.

Appropriate Group H elective units to the value of 8 points may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III. Only select units that would be suitable for occupational outcomes in a fabrication trade environment.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) must seek a determination from the industry parties in respect of the allocation of points values for units of competency drawn from other Training Packages or accredited courses. Determination of points requests are to be submitted to the industry parties through Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) Manufacturing. Refer to the MEM Companion Volume Implementation Guide for information on determination of unit points values.

Core units of competency     
Unit code Unit title Prereq 
MEM09002Interpret technical drawing4*
MEM11011Undertake manual handling2*
MEM12023Perform engineering measurements5*
MEM12024Perform computations3*
MEM13015Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering2
MEM14006Plan work activities4*
MEM16006Organise and communicate information2*
MEM16008Interact with computing technology2*
MEM17003Assist in the provision of on-the-job training2*
MEM18001Use hand tools2*
MEM18002Use power tools/hand held operations2*
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices3
Elective units of competency 
Packaging for a generic fabrication trade qualification - choose a minimum value of 40 points from Group A.
Packaging for a trade specialisation - choose a minimum value of 40 points from one of either  Group B or C or D or E or F or G.
Group A - Fabrication Trade generic electives 
Unit code Unit title Prereq 
MEM05003Perform soft soldering2*
MEM05004Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding2*
MEM05005Carry out mechanical cutting2*
MEM05006Perform brazing and/or silver soldering2*
MEM05007Perform manual heating and thermal cutting2*
MEM05008Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping2*
MEM05009Perform automated thermal cutting2*
MEM05010Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques8*
MEM05011Assemble fabricated components8*
MEM05012Perform routine manual metal arc welding2*
MEM05014Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications2*
MEM05015Weld using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05016Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05017Weld using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05018Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05019Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05020Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05022Perform advanced welding using oxy acetylene welding process6*
MEM05023Weld using submerged arc welding process4*
MEM05036Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications4*
MEM05037Perform geometric development6*
MEM05041Weld using flame powder spraying4*
MEM05047Weld using flux core arc welding process4*
MEM05048Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process4*
MEM05049Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding2*
MEM05050Perform routine gas metal arc welding2*
MEM05051Select welding processes2*
MEM05052Apply safe welding practices4*
MEM05053Set and edit computer controlled thermal cutting machines4*
MEM05055Weld using oxy fuel gas welding process4*
MEM05056Perform routine flux core arc welding2*
MEM05057Perform routine submerged arc welding2*
MEM08010Manually finish/polish materials6*
MEM09011Apply basic engineering design concepts6*
MEM12007Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes4*
MEM18055Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components3*
Group B - Boilermaking Trade specialisation electives 
Unit code Unit title Prereq 
MEM05004Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding2*
MEM05005Carry out mechanical cutting2*
MEM05007Perform manual heating and thermal cutting2*
MEM05008Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping2*
MEM05009Perform automated thermal cutting2*
MEM05010Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques8*
MEM05011Assemble fabricated components8*
MEM05012Perform routine manual metal arc welding2*
MEM05015Weld using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05017Weld using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05019Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05023Weld using submerged arc welding process4*
MEM05036Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications4*
MEM05037Perform geometric development6*
MEM05047Weld using flux core arc welding process4*
MEM05049Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding2*
MEM05050Perform routine gas metal arc welding2*
MEM05051Select welding processes2*
MEM05052Apply safe welding practices4*
MEM05055Weld using oxy fuel gas welding process4*
MEM05056Perform routine flux core arc welding2*
MEM05057Perform routine submerged arc welding2*
MEM09011Apply basic engineering design concepts6*
MEM12007Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes4*
MEM18055Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components3*
Group C  – Welding Trade specialisation electives 
Unit code Unit title Prereq 
MEM05004Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding2*
MEM05005Carry out mechanical cutting2*
MEM05006Perform brazing and/or silver soldering2*
MEM05007Perform manual heating and thermal cutting2*
MEM05011Assemble fabricated components8*
MEM05012Perform routine manual metal arc welding2*
MEM05014Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications2*
MEM05015Weld using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05016Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05017Weld using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05018Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05019Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05020Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05022Perform advanced welding using oxy acetylene welding process6*
MEM05023Weld using submerged arc welding process4*
MEM05041Weld using flame powder spraying4*
MEM05047Weld using flux core arc welding process4*
MEM05048Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process4*
MEM05049Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding2*
MEM05050Perform routine gas metal arc welding2*
MEM05051Select welding processes2*
MEM05052Apply safe welding practices4*
MEM05055Weld using oxy fuel gas welding process4*
MEM05056Perform routine flux core arc welding2*
MEM05057Perform routine submerged arc welding2*
Group D  – Boilermaking/Welding Trade specialisation electives 
Unit code Unit title Prereq 
MEM05004Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding2*
MEM05005Carry out mechanical cutting2*
MEM05007Perform manual heating and thermal cutting2*
MEM05008Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping2*
MEM05009Perform automated thermal cutting2*
MEM05010Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques8*
MEM05011Assemble fabricated components8*
MEM05012Perform routine manual metal arc welding2*
MEM05015Weld using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05016Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05017Weld using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05018Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05019Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05020Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05022Perform advanced welding using oxy acetylene welding process6*
MEM05023Weld using submerged arc welding process4*
MEM05036Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications4*
MEM05037Perform geometric development6*
MEM05041Weld using flame powder spraying4*
MEM05047Weld using flux core arc welding process4*
MEM05048Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process4*
MEM05049Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding2*
MEM05050Perform routine gas metal arc welding2*
MEM05051Select welding processes2*
MEM05052Apply safe welding practices4*
MEM05055Weld using oxy fuel gas welding process4*
MEM05056Perform routine flux core arc welding2*
MEM05057Perform routine submerged arc welding2*
MEM09011Apply basic engineering design concepts6*
MEM12007Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes4*
MEM18055Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components3*
Group E  – Sheetmetal working Trade specialisation electives 
Unit code Unit title Prereq 
MEM05003Perform soft soldering2*
MEM05004Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding2*
MEM05005Carry out mechanical cutting2*
MEM05006Perform brazing and/or silver soldering2*
MEM05007Perform manual heating and thermal cutting2*
MEM05010Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques8*
MEM05011Assemble fabricated components8*
MEM05012Perform routine manual metal arc welding2*
MEM05015Weld using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05017Weld using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05019Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05037Perform geometric development6*
MEM05049Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding2*
MEM05050Perform routine gas metal arc welding2*
MEM05051Select welding processes2*
MEM05052Apply safe welding practices4*
MEM05055Weld using oxy fuel gas welding process4*
MEM05056Perform routine flux core arc welding2*
MEM05057Perform routine submerged arc welding2*
MEM09011Apply basic engineering design concepts6*
MEM12007Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes4*
MEM18055Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components3*
Group F – Blacksmithing Trade specialisation electives 
Unit code Unit title Prereq 
MEM05005Carry out mechanical cutting2*
MEM05007Perform manual heating and thermal cutting2*
MEM05012Perform routine manual metal arc welding2*
MEM05049Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding2*
MEM05050Perform routine gas metal arc welding2*
MEM05056Perform routine flux core arc welding2*
MEM05057Perform routine submerged arc welding2*
MEM06001Perform hand forging4*
MEM06002Perform hammer forging4*
MEM06003Carry out heat treatment6*
MEM06004Select heat treatment processes and test finished product6*
MEM06005Perform drop and upset forging4*
MEM06006Repair springs4*
MEM06007Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing2*
MEM06008Hammer forge complex shapes4*
MEM06009Hand forge complex shapes4*
Group G  – Surface Finishing Trade specialisation electives 
Unit code Unit title Pre-req 
MEM08001Perform wire, jig and barrel load/unload work4*
MEM08002Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating4*
MEM08003Perform electroplating operations6*
MEM08004Finish work using wet, dry and vapour deposition methods4*
MEM08005Prepare and produce specialised coatings4*
MEM08006Produce clear and/or coloured and/or sealed anodised films on aluminium2*
MEM08007Control surface finish production and finished product quality4*
MEM08008Operate and control surface finishing waste treatment process3*
MEM08009Make up solutions2*
MEM08010Manually finish/polish materials6*
MEM08011Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means2*
MEM08012Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)4*
MEM08013Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced)4*
MEM08014Apply protective coatings (basic)4*
MEM08015Apply protective coatings (advanced)4*
MEM08016Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions1*
MEM08018Electroplate engineering coatings6*
MEM08019Electroplate protective finishes6*
MEM08020Electroplate decorative finishes6*
MEM11009Handle/move bulk fluids/gases4*
Group H – General electives 
Unit code Unit title Prereq 
MEM05001Perform manual soldering/desoldering – electrical/electronic components4*
MEM05002Perform high reliability soldering and desoldering4*
MEM05003Perform soft soldering2*
MEM05004Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding2*
MEM05005Carry out mechanical cutting2*
MEM05006Perform brazing and/or silver soldering2*
MEM05007Perform manual heating and thermal cutting2*
MEM05008Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping2*
MEM05009Perform automated thermal cutting2*
MEM05010Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques8*
MEM05011Assemble fabricated components8*
MEM05012Perform routine manual metal arc welding2*
MEM05014Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications2*
MEM05015Weld using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05016Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process4*
MEM05017Weld using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05018Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process4*
MEM05019Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05020Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process4*
MEM05022Perform advanced welding using oxy acetylene welding process6*
MEM05023Weld using submerged arc welding process4*
MEM05027Perform aluminothermic welding2*
MEM05036Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications4*
MEM05037Perform geometric development6*
MEM05041Weld using flame powder spraying4*
MEM05047Weld using flux core arc welding process4*
MEM05048Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process4*
MEM05049Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding2*
MEM05050Perform routine gas metal arc welding2*
MEM05051Select welding processes2*
MEM05052Apply safe welding practices4*
MEM05053Set and edit computer controlled thermal cutting machines4*
MEM05055Weld using oxy fuel gas welding process4*
MEM05056Perform routine flux core arc welding2*
MEM05057Perform routine submerged arc welding2*
MEM06001Perform hand forging4*
MEM06002Perform hammer forging4*
MEM06003Carry out heat treatment6*
MEM06004Select heat treatment processes and test finished product6*
MEM06005Perform drop and upset forging4*
MEM06006Repair springs4*
MEM06007Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing2*
MEM06008Hammer forge complex shapes4*
MEM06009Hand forge complex shapes4*
MEM07001Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment2*
MEM07015Set computer controlled machines and processes2*
MEM07016Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes4*
MEM07024Operate and monitor machine and process4*
MEM07028Operate computer controlled machines and processes2*
MEM07030Perform basic metal spinning lathe operations8*
MEM07031Perform complex metal spinning lathe operations4*
MEM07032Use workshop machines for basic operations2*
MEM08001Perform wire, jig and barrel load/unload work4*
MEM08002Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating4*
MEM08003Perform electroplating operations6*
MEM08004Finish work using wet, dry and vapour deposition methods4*
MEM08005Prepare and produce specialised coatings4*
MEM08006Produce clear and/or coloured and/or sealed anodised films on aluminium2*
MEM08007Control surface finish production and finished product quality4*
MEM08008Operate and control surface finishing waste treatment process3*
MEM08009Make up solutions2*
MEM08010Manually finish/polish materials6*
MEM08011Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means2*
MEM08012Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)4*
MEM08013Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced)4*
MEM08014Apply protective coatings (basic)4*
MEM08015Apply protective coatings (advanced)4*
MEM08016Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions1*
MEM08018Electroplate engineering coatings6*
MEM08019Electroplate protective finishes6*
MEM08020Electroplate decorative finishes6*
MEM09003Prepare basic engineering drawing8*
MEM09011Apply basic engineering design concepts6*
MEM10001Erect structures4*
MEM10010Install pipework and pipework assemblies4*
MEM11001Erect/dismantle scaffolding and equipment4*
MEM11009Handle/move bulk fluids/gases4*
MEM11010Operate mobile load shifting equipment4*
MEM11016Order materials2*
MEM11022Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment4*
MEM12007Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes4*
MEM12025Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations2*
MEM13001Perform emergency first aid1*
MEM13002Undertake work health and safety activities in the workplace3*
MEM13003Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials2*
MEM15001Perform basic statistical quality control2*
MEM15003Use improvement processes in team activities4*
MEM15004Perform inspection2*
MEM16004Perform internal/external customer service2*
MEM16005Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities2*
MEM18003Use tools for precision work4*
MEM18011Shut down and isolate machines/equipment2*
MEM18055Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components3*
MEM24001BPerform basic penetrant testing2*
MEM24003BPerform basic magnetic particle testing2*
MEM24007BPerform ultrasonic thickness testing2*
MSMENV472Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices4
TLILIC0003Licence to operate a forklift truck0
TLILIC0002Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)1

What do I need to bring?

  • 100 points of identification
  • A pen
  • Closed footwear
  • High visibility shirt or vest
  • Students are required to have access to the internet and a computer with a webcam.

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