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3 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of three (3) years. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units. Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

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This qualification defines the skills and knowledge required of an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries. The qualification has been specifically developed for apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range of mechanical trade work, including undertaking fitting, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, maintenance and service of mechanical equipment, machinery and the use of machine tools.

This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical. Skills development should be undertaken through an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement where the mix of on and off-the-job training would be specified in the Training Plan associated with the Contract of Training between the employer and apprentice.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Fabrication Engineering include:
>Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Further training pathways from this qualification include MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering, and MEM50119 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade or other relevant qualifications.


2022 indicative course fees for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place range from $3,360.00 - $3,640.00, and for students who are not eligible range from $19,200.00 - $20,800.00 dependent on the units chosen.

CDU trades student

Why study trades at CDU?

Whether you're an apprentice, a trainee, or already working in the industry, our trades courses are for you.

Start your career or upskill in a variety of areas from construction and electrotechnology to plumbing and metal trades. Wherever your interest lies, you'll learn from experts with industry-standard technologies and tools so you can graduate workplace ready.

  • NT's largest training provider
  • Access to specialised trade training facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning so you can qualify faster

What will I study?

To achieve MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade units of competency totalling ninety-six (96) points must be completed comprising thirty-three (33) core and sixty-three (63) elective points as detailed in the packing rules and listed below. The electives offered may vary between campuses.

Course structure

The total Nominal Hours for the sequences listed below is 960 - 1040.


Code Module/Unit of Competency Prerequisites Points Hours
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing * 4 40
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling * 2 20
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements * 5 30
MEM12024 Perform computations * 3 30
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering   2 40
MEM14006 Plan work activities * 4 40
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information * 2 20
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology * 2 20
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training * 2 20
MEM18001 Use hand tools * 2 20
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations * 2 20
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices   3 30
  Total hours for core units   33 330



Code Module/Unit of Competency Prerequisites Points Hours
MEM05005 Carry out mechanical cutting * 2 20
MEM05007 Perform manual heating and thermal cutting * 2 20
MEM05012 Perform routine manual metal arc welding * 2 20
MEM05050 Perform routine gas metal arc welding * 2 20
MEM07005 Perform general machining * 8 80
MEM07006 Perform lathe operations * 4 40
MEM07007 Perform milling operations * 4 40
MEM07021 Perform complex lathe operations * 4 40
MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement * 2 20
MEM12006 Mark off/out (general engineering) * 4 40
MEM18003 Use tools for precision work * 4 40
MEM18005 Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings * 4 40
MEM18006 Perform precision fitting of engineering components * 6 60
MEM18007 Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies * 4 40
MEM18008 Balance equipment * 2 20
MEM18009 Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components * 4 40
MEM18013 Perform gland packing * 2 20
MEM18020 Maintain hydraulic system components * 4 40
MEM18055 Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components * 3 30
MEM18021 Maintain hydraulic systems (unnamed) * 4 40
  Total points/Total nominal hours for elective units   63 - 71 630 - 710
  Total nominal hours for the qualification   96 - 104 960 - 1040


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

Students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake a course at this level.

There are no qualification entry requirements. It is assumed that the learner is engaged as an apprentice under a Training Contract and that the learner is receiving appropriate structured on-the-job training while undertaking this qualification.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

All of my lecturers were top notch former tradies with a solid grasp of what they were teaching. Whatever my issue was, they were always there for me. It was great.


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Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the MEM Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package.

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Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers Nfd
Area of study
Engineering and Mining, Engineering, Metal Trades

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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