Certificate IV in Engineering

Free TAFE course
Course Code MEM40105
Locations Warrnambool, Portland

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Study Mode Part-time, On Campus
Length Individual units offered throughout the year
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable Flexible delivery on a unit by unit basis
Course Overview

Take your career to the next level with this advanced, post-trade qualification. Use your engineering skills to specialise in computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, hydraulics, pneumatics and welding certificates. 

What will I Learn?

You can negotiate and select from the offerings below to build a learning pathway that will develop your skills and knowledge in the following:

  • Welding/fabrication certification
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics systems
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) including:
    • Computer numerical control (CNC) machining
    • CNC Lathes
    • CNC plasma cutting
    • CNC laser cutting
    • Basic robotic operations
    • 3D Printing

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will be equipped to gain employment as a foreman in the engineering industry.

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, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

Find the next info session near you

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must have completed an engineering or related apprenticeship to apply for this course.

Your application will include an interview to determine if you are appropriate for this course pathway. We will take into consideration any related experience, eligibility and career progression.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements 30 $3.00
MEM12024A Perform computations 30 $13.00
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment 10 $15.00
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task 10 $3.00
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity 20 $2.00
MEM15002A Apply quality systems 20 $4.00
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures 10 $2.00
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information 20 $2.00
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment 10 $5.00
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology 20 $10.00
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training 20 $5.00
MSAENV272B Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices 30 $5.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
MEM05004C Perform routine oxy acetylene welding 20 $3.00
MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting 20 $5.00
MEM05006C Perform Brazing And/Or Silver Soldering 20 $3.00
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting 20 $4.00
MEM05010C Apply Fabrication, Forming And Shaping Techniques 80 $3.00
MEM05011D Assemble Fabricated Components 80 $3.00
MEM05015D Weld Using Manual Metal Arc Welding Process 40 $3.00
MEM05016C Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process 40 $3.00
MEM05020C Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process 40 $4.00
MEM05023C Weld using submerged arc welding process 40 $100.00
MEM05036C Repair/replace/modify fabrications 40 $2.00
MEM05037C Perform Geometric Development 60 $11.00
MEM05047B Weld using flux core arc welding process 40 $15.00
MEM05048B Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process 40 $20.00
MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding 20 $4.00
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding 20 $4.00
MEM05052A Apply safe welding practices 40 $24.00
MEM07005C Perform General Machining 80 $12.00
MEM07006C Perform Lathe Operations 40 $4.00
MEM07007C Perform Milling Operations 40 $2.00
MEM07021B Perform complex lathe operations 40 $4.00
MEM07032B Use workshop machines for basic operations 20 $20.00
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing 40 $47.00
MEM12006C Mark Off/Out (General Engineering) 40 $2.00
MEM12007D Mark Off/Out Structural Fabrications And Shapes 40 $2.00
MEM18001C Use hand tools 20 $5.00
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations 20 $4.00
MEM18003C Use tools for precision work 40 $9.00
MEM18004B Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment 40 $3.00
MEM18005B Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings 40 $3.00
MEM18006C Repair And Fit Engineering Components 60 $9.00
MEM18007B Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies 40 $5.00
MEM18009B Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components 40 $4.00
MEM18018C Maintain pneumatic system components 40 $20.00
MEM18020B Maintain hydraulic system components 40 $20.00
MEM18055B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components 30 $20.00

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.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suits your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

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 2 different elements:

  • Tuition 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:

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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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $3,890.00
Concession rate $780.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $21,070.00
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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $550.00
This is a Free TAFE course

From 1 January 2019, students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The 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 and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligible for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 


How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

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.