This course provides students with a basic introduction to the engineering industry. Students will have the opportunity to work on lathes and milling machines as well as learning about hand and power tools and precision measurement tools while learning welding skills through using manual metal arc and gas metal arc process as well as the oxy acetylene welding.

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Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course completing a reduced number of units and resulting in a Statement of Attainment. This should be discussed with your school.

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

SBAT students who successfully complete all required units of competency for the 240 hour course will be eligible for MEM20105 – Certificate II in Engineering. This course has been developed with on and off-the-job learning strategies to ensure the required skills and knowledge are developed.

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 Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete the 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency detailed in the NESA Syllabus are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. 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 Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


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.


To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 4 Core, 24 pts – A Elective.


  • MEM13014A
    Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
  • MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task
  • MEM15024A Apply quality procedures
  • MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment


Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • MEM09002B
    Interpret technical drawing
  • MEM12023A
    Perform engineering measurements
  • MEM12024A
    Perform computations
  • MEM15002A
    Apply quality systems
  • MEM18001C
    Use hand tools
  • MEM18002B
    Use power tools/hand held operations
  • MEM05004C
    Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
  • MEM05012C
    Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • MEM05005B
    Carry out mechanical cutting
  • MEM07032B
    Use workshop machines for basic operations
  • MEM12001B
    Use comparison and basic measuring devices
  • MEM11011B
    Undertake manual handling

Students who successfully complete the above units will be eligible for MEM10105 – Certificate I in Engineering
School Based Trainees will be eligible for MEM20105 – Certificate II in Engineering


Career Information

Job Roles

Trades; assistants related to this qualification include:

  • Factory Worker
  • Metal Production Assistant

Duties and Tasks

Metal trades assistants may perform the following 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 and from sites or workbenches
  • Hand tools to tradespersons and 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


Apprenticeship, for example in:

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

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