Certificate II in Engineering Studies

Course Code 22209VIC
Locations Portland
Study Mode Part-time
Length 2 years
Commencement July 2018
Timetable Thursday
Course Overview
This section gives you an introduction to what you will be learning in this course, plus course outcomes, career opportunities, and student support.

This pre-apprenticeship course provides knowledge of engineering principles and hands-on experience in basic fabrication techniques, machining processes and basic robotics. Graduates may pursue careers in electro-technology, fabrication, or mechanical based engineering apprenticeships and traineeships.

What will I Learn?

Students will learn a wide range of engineering skills including:

  • How to manage a project.
  • How to safely operate a range of machines including lathes, drills, presses, welding equipment and power tools commonly found in industry.
  • How to draw using both traditional techniques and computer aided design software.
  • Using computer based technology programs to test and operate a multi-purpose robot.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Fabrication or mechanical engineering apprenticeships


The Certificate II in Engineering Studies provides a pathway to further study at South West TAFE. Credits from the Certificate II in Engineering Studies can be used towards the Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication or Mechanical Trade) (Apprenticeship), which is the engineer’s trade qualification.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities and get your questions answered by our course experts. Our next info session will be:

Warrnambool Campus
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Timor Street, Warrnambool, 3280
12.30pm & 5.30pm
Register for an upcoming info session

Course Requirements
This section gives you an overview of entry requirements, course units and electives, skills recognition, and assessment criteria.
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

This course is available via Direct Entry.
Direct Entry - apply directly to the Institute by speaking to the Course Coordinator. Details available from the Customer Service Centre.
Entry Requirements for this course include;

  • Applicants must have a high degree of motivation and interest along with literacy and numeracy skills appropriate to this level.
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
MEM12024A Perform computations 30 $13.00
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment 10 $15.00
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information 20 $2.00
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology 20 $0.00
MEM18001C Use hand tools 20 $5.00
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations 20 $4.00
MSAENV272B Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices 30 $0.00
VU20909 Develop An Individual Career Plan For The Engineering Industry 20 $0.00
VU20910 Produce Basic Engineering Sketches And Drawings 20 $0.00
VU20911 Handle Engineering Materials 20 $0.00
MSS402040A Apply 5S Procedures 40 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
VU20912 Perform Basic Machining Processes 40 $0.00
VU20913 Apply Basic Fabrication Techniques 40 $0.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.


This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

This section gives you an overview of course fees, subsidies, and how they can be paid.
Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 3 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • General Service fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,015.00
Concession rate $205.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible) $6,645.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
General Service Fee $55.00 - $288.00
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $150.60
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  


Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books. You can choose where to purchase these items from. You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Ready to take the next step? Here you can make an enquiry, attend an information session or begin the application process.
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.