The Certificate I in Engineering and SOA towards Certificate II in Engineering Pathways will equip students with knowledge and skills which will enhance their prospects of employment in an engineering or related working environment. Students will learn welding skills, use lathes and milling machines as well as learning about hand and power tools and precision measurement tools.

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Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years.

Students who successfully complete all the required units of competency for the 240 hour course will be eligible for MEM10105 – Certificate I in Engineering.

*St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino courses are delivered using a compressed curriculum, 240 hours delivered as 4 units in one year.


This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore has no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 35 hours of work placement for the 240 hour course. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Traineeship satisfy both this NESA and the assessment requirements.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


Students will undertake the following 13 units of competency:

UNIT MEM10119 MEM20413
MEM13014A – Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment (R1) CORE
MEM13015 – Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering (R1) CORE
MEMPE005A – Develop a career plan for the engineering and manufacturing industry (R1) CORE
MEMPE006A – Undertake a basic engineering project (R1) CORE
MEM05004 – Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding (R1) ELECTIVE
MEM07032 – Use workshop machines for basic operations (R1) ELECTIVE
MEM11011 – Undertake manual handling (R1) ELECTIVE
MEM12001 – Use comparison and basic measuring devices (R1) ELECTIVE
MEM16006 – Organise and communicate information (R1) ELECTIVE ELECTIVE
MEM18001 – Use hand tools (R1) ELECTIVE ELECTIVE
MEM18002 – Use power tools/hand held operations (R1) ELECTIVE ELECTIVE
MEMPE002A – Use electric welding machines (R1) ELECTIVE
MEMPE004A – Use fabrication equipment (R1) ELECTIVE

Career Information

Student outcomes for Certificate I in Engineering. These are the outcomes of graduates surveyed six months after completing their training.


Job Roles

  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Machinist
  • Equipment Maintainer & Repairer
  • Plant Mechanic
  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Design Engineer
  • CNC Operator, Mechanical
  • Maintenance Engineer

Duties and Tasks

  • Position and hold metal stock or products to enable work to be carried out
  • Perform assembly and dismantling operations, such as screwing or bolting
  • Solder or spot-weld components using electrical spot or butt welding machines
  • Operate power hammers, presses or other cutting and shaping tools and machines
  • Transport tools, materials and work pieces to & from sites or workbenches
  • Hand tools to tradespersons & hold tools not immediately required
  • Clean and prepare working surfaces.

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • Good with hands
  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Able to work efficiently
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Safety-conscious
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job


Further training options in specific fields include:

  • Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Engineering – Mechanical Trade
  • Engineering – Electrical/Electronic Trade
  • Engineering – Technical
  • Boating Services

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