Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Specialising in Toolmaking)

Certificate III   NRT
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  • Engineering - Mechanical Trade course details

    Course description and aims

    This course is for people employed as apprentice toolmakers in the
    manufacturing, engineering and related industry areas. You will gain the
    competencies required to work as a toolmaking tradesperson in these areas.

    You will acquire skills and knowledge in workplace communication, occupational
    health and safety, quality procedures systems and planning, engineering
    measurement, computations and computer technology plus some skills specific to
    the toolmaking trade.

    The course duration will vary depending on the training pathway agreed to
    between you, your employer and the TAFE college.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Toolmaking tradesperson (traditionally referred to as Toolmaker) at level C10
    under the Metal, Engineering and Associated Industries Award.

    Recommended Pathways

    Students may enter this course directly. They would normally be expected to be
    in, or seeking, relevant employment. They may proceed to higher level
    qualifications within this training package as explained in Section 7.1.

    If students have undertaken this qualification with the support of their
    employer it would be expected they be employed in positions at AQF III (level
    C10 in the Metal, Engineering and Associated Industries Award) in the workplace.


    Pathways from the qualification
    Further training pathways from this qualification include MEM40105 Certificate
    IV in Engineering and MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade or other
    relevant qualifications.

    Expected Outcomes

    This course is designed for people who are employed in manufacturing industries
    (Toolmaking Trade) at C10 level in the Metal and Engineering Industry.

    Students will gain mandatory units of competency in:

    * Occupational Health and Safety
    * planning
    * communication
    * quality procedures and systems
    * engineering measurements
    * assisting in the provision of on-the-job training
    * computations
    * computing technology

    In addition, students will complete one unit of competency relating
    directly to toolmaking.
    As well, they will achieve elective units drawn from a range of competency
    fields specialising in areas such as:

    * metal machining
    * engineering measurement
    * metal fabrication
    * welding
    * engineering drawing
    * engineering drafting

    If students complete this course with the support of their employer it would be
    expected they be employed in positions at level C10 under the Metal,
    Engineering and Associated Industries Award.

    Students in this course could expect to be employed as toolmakers
    in such areas as manufacture of press tools and gauges and manufacture
    of cavity dies.

    Licensing considerations
    There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some
    units in this qualification may relate to licensing or regulatory requirements.
    Where appropriate electives are taken these can also be used to satisfy
    regulations regarding refrigeration and air conditioning work. Local regulations
    should be checked for details.

    Key Alert
    On 1 January 2012 the Work Health Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) was implemented in
    NSW. Delivery and assessment of this course must be based on this legislation.

    Work Health and Safety (WHS) was referred to in NSW as Occupational Health and
    Safety (OHS) and in some countries people know it as Occupational Safety and
    Health (OSH). Please refer to the Work Health and Safety heading in Section B
    6.1 Delivery Modes fo

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    Pathways into the qualification
    There is no qualification entry requirement. 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

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed
    MEM10105 Certificate I in Engineering, MEM10205 Certificate I in Boating
    Services, MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering, MEM20205 Certificate II in
    Engineering - Production Technology or other relevant qualifications. Credit
    towards this qualification may also include units of competency contained within
    relevant skill sets and Statements of Attainment.

    Enrol at any location

    Part Time Day
    Course type:
    Apprenticeship-Tool Making
    Course start:
    Mon 5 Feb 2018
    Course duration:
    4 Years
    Financial Assistance:
    Smart & Skilled
    8 Hours per week
    Course Fee:
    View details
    About offering:


    Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

    Wednesday 31 January 2018, between 10:00am to 4:00pm at Ultimo College, Main Campus, Street 651-731 Harris Street, building P, Room PG.11

    Indicative timetable:

    You will need to attend approximately 8 hours of class a week over 1 day per week. An indication of how your weekly timetable may look is: Monday or Wednesday 8:00am to 4:45pm.

    How to enrol or apply:

    Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (APN) and tell them you're interested in studying at Sydney TAFE. The APN will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the APN to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the APN will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

    Find out more: http:// http://www.training.nsw.gov.au/individuals/apprenticeships_traineeships/getting_started/index.html

    Fee information:


    This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion (capped at $2,000) of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

    The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

    For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled.


    Instalment payment options are available for this course. For more information, see http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

    Find out more about financial assistance http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance


    Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

    Find out more about recognition: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition

    Other Information:

    Attendance can be negotiated so that it best suits you and your employer. Common attendance modes include going to class one day per week (part-time), or attending a block of classes e.g. three weeks of full-time study, three or four times a year (block release).


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    MEM30012AApply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment36
    MEM13014AApply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment10
    MEM15024AApply quality procedures9
    MEM15002AApply quality systems18
    MEM17003AAssist in the provision of on the job training18
    MEM18055BDismantle, replace and assemble engineering components27
    MEM16008AInteract with computing technology18
    MEM09002BInterpret technical drawing36
    MEM18015BMaintain tools and dies36
    MEM18014BManufacture press tools and gauges72
    MEM12006CMark off/out (general engineering)38
    MEM16006AOrganise and communicate information18
    MEM06007BPerform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing18
    MEM12024APerform computations27
    MEM12023APerform engineering measurements45
    MEM07005CPerform general machining72
    MEM07008DPerform grinding operations40
    MEM07006CPerform lathe operations38
    MEM07007CPerform milling operations38
    MEM12003BPerform precision mechanical measurement18
    MEM14005APlan a complete activity36
    MEM14004APlan to undertake a routine task9
    MEM07022CProgram CNC wire cut machines18
    MEM18006CRepair and fit engineering components54
    MEM07016CSet and edit computer controlled machines/processes36
    MEM07015BSet computer controlled machines/processes18
    MEM18001CUse hand tools18
    MEM18002BUse power tools/hand held operations18
    MEM18003CUse tools for precision work36
    MEM16007AWork with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment9
    MEM07018CWrite basic NC/CNC programs36



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