Certificate III In Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Course Code: MEM30205
Study Area:

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements - where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with Bendigo TAFE’s Vaccination Policy

Start date: We offer rolling enrolments. Enrol at any time.

End date: Rolling enrolments

This course provides the theory component of a mechanical engineering apprenticeship. You will learn the knowledge, skills and applications required to begin a career as a fitter and machinist. Designed for school leavers (Year 10 minimum, Year 11/12 preferred), or as the next stage from Certificate II in Engineering.

  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Apprenticeship/Trainee - 4 - Year/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Fitter and machinist

  • Full time employment as a mechanical engineering apprentice, under a training agreement established

Course overview

This apprenticeship course provides the off-the-job training component of a mechanical engineering apprenticeship. You will learn the knowledge, skills and applications required to begin a career as a fitter and machinist. This course is designed for school leavers (Year 10 minimum, Year 11 or 12 preferred) or as the next stage from Certificate II in Engineering. Competency Based Progression (CBP) Competency based training programs are comprised of competency standards set by industry that each student is assessed against to ensure all the outcomes required have been achieved. Progression through a competency based training program is determined by the student demonstrating that they have met the competency standards through the training program and related work, not by time spent in training. Apprentices can now complete their apprenticeship once the three competencies from the qualification have been successfully completed and confirmed by the employer. Competency based progression means that as an apprentice completes a progression point, they may be entitled to a wage increase. Progression points are triggered at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of completion of the apprenticeship

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • No student selection process required

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Practical Assessment
  • Knowledge Test
  • Finished product

Learning options
  • Apprenticeship/Trainee
  • Online

Key study areas

General machine shop operations including lathe, milling machine and grinders, Fitting and computer controlled machining, Interpreting drawings, Manual and computer aided drafting, Rolling element bearings, Hydraulic and pneumatic systems, Basic material science, Occupational health and safety, Communications, Quality procedures

Further study opportunities
  • Diploma of Engineering
  • Certificate IV in Engineering
  • Certificate IV in Engineering - Drafting


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Apprenticeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,550.00
Concession - average total course fee*$710.00
Full fee - average total course fee*$16,205.25
B.   Materials average fee**$0.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$2,000.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 22/11/2021 12:55 PM