Certificate IV in Engineering

Course Code MEM40119
Locations Warrnambool, Portland

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Study Mode Part-time, On Campus
Length Individual units offered throughout the year
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable Flexible delivery on a unit by unit basis
Course Overview
Study from home during COVID-19 restrictions

Whilst we pride ourselves on our hands-on training, we have had to adjust most of our courses for study from home and remote learning during the COVID-19 restrictions. This means courses will be delivered using a range of methods including online learning, virtual classrooms, workbooks and direct contact with your teacher.

Given the government restrictions that are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Australia, we expect this new model of study will continue until the government makes changes to these restrictions.


Take your career to the next level with an advanced, post-trade qualification.

Use your engineering skills to specialise in computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, hydraulics, pneumatics & more with this course.

What will I Learn?

  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) - how to use Computer Aided Drafting software to enable you to easily visualise and create projects.
  • Hydraulics Pneumatics - how to set up basic hydraulic and pneumatic circuits, and maintain pneumatic and hydraulic system components.
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) - how to use software to enable you to create products using automated processes with machines including 3D printing, plasma cutting and milling and turning.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the manufacturing process and can lead onto supervisory roles

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

Find the next info session near you

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You need to be employed in the engineering industry appropriate to the units you select so that you can achieve the workplace evidence requirements.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing 40 $7.00
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling 20 $5.00
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements 30 $3.00
MEM12024 Perform computations 30 $3.00
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering 40 $15.00
MEM14006 Plan work activities 40 $5.00
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information 20 $2.00
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology 20 $10.00
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training 20 $5.00
MEM18001 Use hand tools 20 $5.00
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations 20 $4.00
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
MEM05005 Carry out mechanical cutting 20 $5.00
MEM05006 Perform brazing and/or silver soldering 20 $3.00
MEM05007 Perform manual heating and thermal cutting 20 $4.00
MEM05009 Perform automated thermal cutting 20 $5.00
MEM05010 Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques 80 $3.00
MEM05011 Assemble fabricated components 80 $3.00
MEM05012 Perform routine manual metal arc welding 20 $4.00
MEM05015 Weld using manual metal arc welding process 40 $3.00
MEM05016 Perform advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process 40 $3.00
MEM05017 Weld using gas metal arc welding process 40 $4.00
MEM05018 Perform advanced welding using gas metal arc welding process 40 $3.00
MEM05019 Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process 40 $3.00
MEM05020 Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process 40 $4.00
MEM05026 Apply welding principles 40 $65.00
MEM05036 Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications 40 $2.00
MEM05037 Perform geometric development 60 $11.00
MEM05042 Perform welds to code standards using flux core arc welding process 60 $100.00
MEM05043 Perform welds to code standards using gas metal arc welding process 60 $100.00
MEM05044 Perform welds to code standards using gas tungsten arc welding process 60 $100.00
MEM05045 Perform pipe welds to code standards using manual metal arc welding process 60 $100.00
MEM05046 Perform welds to code standards using manual metal arc welding process 60 $100.00
MEM05047 Weld using flux core arc welding process 40 $15.00
MEM05048 Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process 40 $20.00
MEM05049 Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding 20 $4.00
MEM05050 Perform routine gas metal arc welding 20 $4.00
MEM05051 Select welding processes 20 $5.00
MEM05052 Apply safe welding practices 40 $4.00
MEM05056 Perform routine flux core arc welding 20 $10.00
MEM06007 Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing 20 $0.00
MEM07005 Perform general machining 80 $12.00
MEM07006 Perform lathe operations 40 $4.00
MEM07007 Perform milling operations 40 $2.00
MEM07008 Perform grinding operations 40 $0.00
MEM07011 Perform complex milling operations 40 $0.00
MEM07013 Perform machining operations using horizontal and vertical boring machines 40 $0.00
MEM07015 Set computer controlled machines and processes 20 $8.00
MEM07016 Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes 40 $8.00
MEM07018 Write basic NC and CNC programs 40 $8.00
MEM07019 Program NC and CNC machining centre 20 $8.00
MEM07021 Perform complex lathe operations 40 $4.00
MEM07024 Operate and monitor machine and process 40 $8.00
MEM07028 Operate computer controlled machines and processes 20 $8.00
MEM07029 Perform routine sharpening and maintenance of production tools and cutters 40 $0.00
MEM09009 Create 2-D drawings using computer-aided design system 80 $5.00
MEM09010 Create 3-D models using computer-aided design system 40 $5.00
MEM09022 Create 2-D code files using computer-aided manufacturing system 40 $5.00
MEM09023 Create 3-D code files using computer-aided manufacturing system 60 $5.00
MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement 20 $3.00
MEM12006 Mark off/out (general engineering) 40 $2.00
MEM12007 Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes 40 $2.00
MEM12020 Set and operate coordinate measuring machines 20 $10.00
MEM16012 Interpret technical specifications and manuals 40 $5.00
MEM18003 Use tools for precision work 40 $9.00
MEM18005 Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings 40 $3.00
MEM18006 Perform precision fitting of engineering components 60 $9.00
MEM18007 Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies 40 $5.00
MEM18009 Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components 40 $4.00
MEM18018 Maintain pneumatic system components 40 $20.00
MEM18019 Maintain pneumatic systems 40 $20.00
MEM18020 Maintain hydraulic system components 40 $20.00
MEM18021 Maintain hydraulic systems 40 $20.00
MEM18022 Maintain fluid power controls 80 $20.00
MEM18023 Modify fluid power system operation 80 $20.00
MEM18055 Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components 30 $25.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. Free TAFE - Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $4,225.00
Concession rate $845.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $20,065.00
This is a Free TAFE course

Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $527.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.