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Keen to learn how to repair and maintain diesel engines? Yes? This apprenticeship qualification is exactly what you're looking for! You'll cover the skills and knowledge required to work as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries. Course details

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Get into the workshop, and, a rewarding career...

If you're looking for a career in engineering; we offer a range of qualifications from Boilermaker, Diesel fitter, Fitter and Turner to Mechanic and Welder.

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).

Resources required

  • steel capped boots
  • protective clothing appropriate to the engineering trade
  • safety glasses
  • personal stationery i.e. pens and paper


Delivery of this program is available as a combination of workplace training and may include some delivery at TAFE. Where workplace training is selected, a Teacher will be assigned to attend your workplace to deliver training and assess your skills and knowledge. Delivery at TAFE consists of face-to-face classes after being released from the workplace by your employer. The duration of your attendance will vary depending on the stage and the units of competency specified in your individual training plan.

TAFE attendance times: Mondays from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesdays to Thursday 8am to 4.30pm, and Fridays from 8am to 2.30pm (please refer to training notices for minor variations to start and end times).


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 12 core units and completion of Group A Mechanical Trade stream units to the value of at least 40 points plus completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units to the value of at least 73 points, selected from the list below. Electives may differ between TAFE Queensland locations and regions.

MEM15024A Apply quality procedures Core
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity Core
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements Core
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training Core
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology Core
MEM12024A Perform computations Core
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment Core
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information Core
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
MEM15002A Apply quality systems Core
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment Core
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task Core
MEM18024B Maintain engine cooling systems Elective
MEM18026C Test compression ignition fuel systems Elective
MEM18029B Tune diesel engines Elective
MEM18030B Diagnose and rectify low voltage electrical systems Elective
MEM18020B Maintain hydraulic system components Elective
MEM18018C Maintain pneumatic system components Elective
MEM18006C Repair and fit engineering components Elective
MEM18032B Maintain induction/exhaust systems Elective
MEM18033B Perform engine bottom-end overhaul Elective
MEM18047B Diagnose and maintain electronic controlling systems on mobile plant Elective
MEM18052B Maintain fluid power systems for mobile plant Elective
MEM18055B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components Elective
MEM18044C Diagnose and rectify drive line and final drives Elective
MEM18042C Diagnose and rectify manual transmissions Elective
MEM18035B Diagnose and rectify braking systems Elective
MEM18040B Maintain suspension systems Elective
MEM18041B Maintain steering systems Elective
MEM18003C Use tools for precision work Elective
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations Elective
MEM12002B Perform electrical/electronic measurement Elective
MEM18001C Use hand tools Elective
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing Elective
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting Elective
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding Elective


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

What are my payment options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland South West has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 914 754. We're here to help.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, please give us a call.


MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 7 July 2016

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