Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade



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.


Job roles/employment outcomes

The 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.



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.

Occupational titles that this qualification is suitable for may vary and include metal fabrication tradesperson, boilermaker, 1st class sheet metal worker, 1st class welder, moulder, foundry tradesperson and patternmaker.

Core Units


MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements

MEM12024A Perform computations

MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment

MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task

MEM14005A Plan a complete activity

MEM15002A Apply quality systems

MEM15024A Apply quality procedures

MEM16006A Organise and communicate information

MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

MEM16008A Interact with computing technology

MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training

MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

Group A  - Fabrication Trade stream units 

  • select units from this list to the value of at least 40 points


MEM03003B Perform sheet and plate assembly - 4

MEM04001 Operate melting furnaces - 4

MEM04002B Perform gravity die casting - 2

MEM04003B Operate pressure die casting machine - 4

MEM04004B Prepare and mix sand for metal moulding - 4

MEM04005C Produce moulds and cores by hand (jobbing) - 16

MEM04006B Operate sand moulding and core making machines - 8

MEM04007B Pour molten metal - 4

MEM04008B Fettle and trim metal castings/forgings - 4

MEM04010B Develop and manufacture wood patterns - 20

MEM04011B Produce polymer patterns - 8

MEM04012B Assemble plated patterns - 8

MEM04013B Develop and manufacture polystyrene patterns - 2

MEM04014B Develop and manufacture production patterns - 8

MEM04015B Develop and manufacture vacuum forming moulds and associated equipment - 6

MEM04016C Develop and manufacture precision models - 6

MEM04017B Develop and manufacture gear, conveyor screw and propeller patterns - 4

MEM04018B Perform general woodworking machine operations - 4

MEM04019B Perform refractory installation and repair - 4

MEM05001B Perform manual soldering/desoldering - electrical/electronic components - 4

MEM05002B Perform high reliability soldering and desoldering - 4

MEM05003B Perform soft soldering - 2

MEM05004C Perform routine oxy acetylene welding - 2

MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting - 2

MEM05006C Perform brazing and/or silver soldering - 2

MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting - 2

MEM05008C Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping - 2

MEM05009C Perform automated thermal cutting - 2

MEM05010C Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques - 8

MEM05011D Assemble fabricated components - 8

MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding - 2

MEM05013C Perform manual production welding - 2

MEM05014C Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications - 2

MEM05015D Weld using manual metal arc welding process - 4

MEM05016C Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process - 4

MEM05017D Weld using gas metal arc welding process - 4

MEM05018C Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process - 4

MEM05019D Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process - 4

MEM05020C Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process - 4

MEM05022C Perform advanced welding using oxy acetylene welding process - 6

MEM05023C Weld using submerged arc welding process - 4

MEM05026C Apply welding principles - 4

MEM05036C Repair/replace/modify fabrications - 4

MEM05037C Perform geometric development - 6

MEM05038B Perform advanced geometric development - cylindrical/rectangular - 2

MEM05039B Perform advanced geometric development - conical - 2

MEM05040B Perform advanced geometric development - transitions - 4

MEM05041B Weld using powder flame spraying - 4

MEM05047B Weld using flux core arc welding process - 4

MEM05048B Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process - 4

MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding - 2

MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding - 2

MEM05051A Select welding processes - 2

MEM05052A Apply safe welding practices - 4

MEM05053A Set and edit computer controlled thermal cutting machines - 4

MEM05054A Write basic NC/CNC programs for thermal cutting machines - 4

MEM06001B Perform hand forging - 4

MEM06002B Perform hammer forging - 4

MEM06003C Carry out heat treatment - 6

MEM06004B Select heat treatment processes and test finished product - 6

MEM06005B Perform drop and upset forging - 4

MEM06006C Repair springs - 4

MEM06008A Hammer forge complex shapes - 4

MEM06009A Hand forge complex shapes - 4

MEM08001B Perform wire, jig and barrel load/unload work - 4

MEM08002C Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating - 4

MEM08003C Perform electroplating operations - 6

MEM08004B Finish work using wet, dry and vapour deposition methods - 4

MEM08005B Prepare and produce specialised coatings - 4

MEM08006B Produce clear and/or coloured and/or sealed anodised films on aluminium - 2

MEM08007B Control surface finish production and finished product quality - 4

MEM08008B Operate and control surface finishing waste treatment process - 3

MEM08009C Make up solutions - 2

MEM08010B Manually finish/polish materials - 6

MEM08011B Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means - 2

MEM08012B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic) - 4

MEM08013B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced) - 4

MEM08014B Apply protective coatings (basic) - 4

MEM08015B Apply protective coatings (advanced) - 4

MEM08016B Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions - 1

MEM08018B Electroplate engineering coatings - 6

MEM08019B Electroplate protective finishes - 6

MEM08020B Electroplate decorative finishes - 6

MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing - 4

MEM10001C Erect structures - 4

MEM12007D Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes - 4

MEM18001C Use hand tools - 2

MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations - 2

MEM18098A Prepare to perform work associated with fuel system installation and servicing - 2

Group B  - Trade Specialisation units 

Select units from the Certificate III Trade Specialisation units listed in Appendix 1, Volume 1 of MEM05 to bring the total value of units to at least 73 points, including any prerequisites.