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Certificate II in Engineering [Light Fabrication Pre-Apprenticeship]

National ID: MEM20105 | State ID: AA52


Make a great career for yourself

If you enjoy working with your hands, are physically fit and able to visualise how an object should look from a drawing, you may have the aptitude for working as a fabricator. Fabricators work in either a domestic or commercial setting making roofing products, air-conditioning ducts, electrical switchboards, hospitality equipment such as range hoods and benchtops; and you may specialise in stainless steel custom fabrication using the latest welding and polishing processes.

Many employers now prefer apprentices to have completed a pre-apprenticeship and this qualification will give you a better chance of gaining an apprenticeship and a flying start in learning a trade.

Please note you will be required to supply your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including leather gauntlets, TiG welding gloves, clear Safety glasses and welding head shield. Kits can be purchased through North Metro TAFE prior to course commencement.

Gain these skills
  • Working from detailed drawings/ plans to specification
  • Use hand tools, power tools and machines to shape, cut, and bend metals
  • Assemble parts and structures by welding, bolting or riveting
  • Use welding and cutting equipment, including manual metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, oxy fuel gas cutting plant, oxy-acetylene welding plant, plasma cutting plant and spot welder
  • Finish products by cleaning, polishing, filing
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Comfortable working in a physical environment
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Interested in computer programmable machinery
  • Enjoy technical activities
  • Able to work individually and/or in a team
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An indenture is required with an employer to continue apprenticeship studies. Completing this pre-apprenticeship qualification improves your chances of gaining an apprenticeship. An on-the-job component of the qualification may also enhance employment prospects.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see joboutlook.gov.au


Further study opportunities:

As some of the off-the-job training is covered in the qualification, it is possible to achieve a Certificate III of trade studies in shorter time, providing the on-the-job competencies are met to the employer satisfaction.

Successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship qualification may exempt you from approximately one third of off-the-job apprenticeship subjects, depending on the career path you choose.

Additional subjects can be studied to add to qualifications, enhancing job prospects and employment opportunities.

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Course Overview


1 semester (6 months)

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
Available Semester 2, 2018
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Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.



Core Units

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environmentMEM13014AW5502
Apply quality proceduresMEM15024AW5531
Apply quality systemsMEM15002AW5532
Plan to undertake a routine taskMEM14004AW5512
Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environmentMEM16007AW5548

Elective units

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Interact with computing technologyMEM16008AW5452
Interpret technical drawingMEM09002BW5418
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesMSAENV272BD3655
Perform engineering measurementsMEM12023AW5492
Perform manual heating and thermal cuttingMEM05007CW5333
Perform routine manual metal arc weldingMEM05012CW5294
Plan a complete activityMEM14005AW5513
Undertake manual handlingMEM11011BW5466
Use comparison and basic measuring devicesMEM12001BW5488
Use hand toolsMEM18001CW5563
Use power tools/hand held operationsMEM18002BW5574
How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email: enquiry@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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Available Semester 1
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