Certificate III In Engineering - Fabrication Trade

Course Code: MEM30305
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 metal fabrication apprenticeship in the light/heavy fabrication/welding stream. Learn the knowledge, skills and applications required to begin a career as a fabrication tradesperson. Theory components in structural fabrication, sheetmetal working or boilermaking are also offered.

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


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Boiler maker
  • Sheetmetal worker

  • Full time apprenticeship, under a training agreement established with your employer

Course overview

This apprenticeship course provides the off the-job training component of a metal fabrication apprenticeship in the light/heavy fabrication/welding stream. You will learn the knowledge, skills and applications required to begin a career as a fabrication tradesperson. Bendigo TAFE also offers the off-the-job training component in the following streams: •Structural fabricator •Sheet metal worker •Boilermaker Welder This course is designed for entry from school, or from one of the other engineering certificates.

How to apply
  • Application to VTAC and supplementary application 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
  • Observation
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Apprenticeship/Trainee
  • Online
  • Classroom (Delivery Method)
  • Competency Based Completion

Key study areas

Occupational Health and Safety, Communication, Quality control and procedures, Welding and thermal cutting techniques, Mechanical cutting and forming machines, Drawing and drawing interpretation, Marking out techniques, Hand and power tool use, Planning and organising.

Further study opportunities
  • Certificate IV in Engineering, Diploma of Engineering or Advanced Diploma of Engineering
  • Advanced welding/welding certification courses


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