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This course will qualify you to service, maintain and repair heavy earthmoving and agricultural machinery as well as large marine engines, heavy lift vehicles and stationary plant equipment.  You would be generally involved in the setting up of machinery to enable the manufacture of engineering products; repair and replacement of components; design and manufacture of modifications to existing components parts; maintenance of plant and equipment; and construction and commissioning work. Graduates of this program will have employment opportunities in the engineering industry as a general mechanical engineering tradesperson such as a fitter and turner. Course details

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Develop the practical and technical skills to design and draft various engineering applications and drawings for transport systems, pipelines, dams, bridges, high-rise buildings and plant, mining and industrial water and waste management facilities. Our courses will teach you how to set up machinery to enable the manufacture of engineering products, repair and replacing components, design and manufacture modifications to existing component parts, maintain plant and equipment, and construct and commission work

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Provider CRICOS/RTO Code Program CRICOS Code Location Workload Delivery Key Date

TAFE Queensland East Coast

CRICOS 02004B | RTO 0418

083881G Bundaberg Full Time Classroom 10/07/2017

Entry requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent) with sound acheivement in Maths and English. Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Welfare Requirements For Student Visa Applicants under 18.


118 Walker Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location;

  • Work clothing suited to the Engineering industry including steel cap boots, safety boots and protective clothing.
  • General writing materials will also need to be purchased. 


Timetables may be available online or may be provided to you at your program orientation.

Your timetable may change every semester and you must be able to manage your commitments to ensure attendance at all your classes.

Timetables will be different across TAFE Queensland locations. This is an example of what a course timetable could look like -  

Monday and Tuesday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Wednesday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm.


Wednesday and Thursday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Friday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm.


This program includes mandatory vocational placements of 480 hours. The vocational placement may be within any engineering company within the Wide Bay Queensland corner and may include weekdays and school holidays. Students are expected to have in place strategies to manage family and work commitments in order to meet vocational placement shifts, whose hours may be between 6am and 10pm. Students are expected to be able to meet their own travel and placement costs. Students are to arrange their own transport to and from placement.


To achieve this qualification you will need to complete:
Core Competencies: 12
Elective Competencies: Which equate to 73 points

Core and Elective Units
MEM15002A Apply quality systems Core
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures Core
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information Core
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity Core
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task Core
MEM12024A Perform computations Core
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment Core
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment Core
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology Core
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training Core
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements Core
MEM18001C Use hand tools Elective
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations Elective
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing Elective
MEM07005B Perform general machining Elective
MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting Elective
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting Elective
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding Elective
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding Elective
MEM12003B Perform precision mechanical measurement Elective
MEM18003C Use tools for precision work Elective
MEM12006B Mark off/out (general engineering) Elective
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling Elective
MEM18055B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components Elective
MEM18006B Repair and fit engineering components Elective
MEM07006B Perform lathe operations Elective
MEM07007B Perform milling operations Elective
MEM18011C Shut down and isolate machines/equipment Elective
MEM18012B Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals Elective
MEM18005B Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings Elective
MEM18009B Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components Elective
MEM18007B Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies Elective
MEM18004B Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment Elective
VPC480 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme


Not all electives available at all campuses

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.


Location Cost Duration
Bundaberg, East Coast  $18,000 1 Year 6 Months

Additional costs

Allow approximately $355 AUD for resources required as this cost is not included in tuition fees.


MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade (Fitting and Turning)

Job prospects

  • Mechanical Engineering Trades Worker

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Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited!
Before you apply, make sure that you check that you meet the specific academic and language requirements for your chosen course.
The application process

To support your application, please supply your supporting documents.
These include:

Read the student rules and refund policy.


If your application is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place letter. To accept it and secure your place in your chosen program, you will need to:

After you have accepted your Offer of Place, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and with your CoE you can apply for your student visa. You will need to arrange your student visa before you come to Australia.

Please note that International Orientation day is compulsory. Students must attend the International Orientation Day before commencing their studies with TAFE Queensland.


At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation which is usually conducted the week before study commences will help answer many of your questions about studying with TAFE Queensland. This comprehensive orientation covers many important topics including

  • Living in Queensland and understanding our Australian culture

  • Accommodation

  • Banking

  • Transport

  • Student safety

  • Learning support

  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), insurance and medical needs

  • Student Support Services at TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule.

International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule.

Last updated on 17 March 2017

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