Menu Menu

MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering (Light Fabrication Pre-Apprenticeship)

National ID: MEM20105 State ID: AA52
Share this course on your social media page

Gain the heavy-duty qualification you need for a job in the metal trades

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.

Once qualified you may find work in a broad range of industries including, rail transport infrastructure and maintenance, mechanical and civil engineering, mining resources sector, heavy haulage and road transport, agriculture machinery, construction, defence, refineries and materials bulk handling.

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



This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills program, through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the tuition fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession.

^ You will pay half price for the tuition fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as Resource fees that are specific to your course. For full details see our Half price courses page.

  • 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

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
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

The typical timetable is 3 days per week.

Timetable information is indicative only and subject to change.

You will complete 2 weeks simulated workplace and 2 weeks in an actual workplace.

Other costs for consideration:

  • Personal Protection Equipment kit (approx. $168)

The successful completion of this qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to apply for employment as an apprentice Heavy Fabricator (boilermaker) or Light Fabricator (sheet metal) in the metals and engineering sector. You may also seek employment as a trade’s assistant in this sector. Many employers and Group Employer Schemes contact North Metropolitan TAFE throughout the year with a view to offering apprenticeships to students. Graduates of the Certificate II in Engineering have a greater chance of obtaining an apprenticeship than those without this qualification, because they have the knowledge, skills and competency that employers require.

The units covered will also transfer into Mechanical Fitting or Fitter and Machinist trades. You will need to be employed and registered as an apprentice or trainee before you can commence apprenticeship/traineeship training.

Study options and next steps

Click on your preferred option below to get started with your application.

Semester 2, 2022

Clarkson - On Campus

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Clarkson
How On campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $502.20 $400.00 $902.20
Concession $148.80 $400.00 $548.80

Half price fees

The Lower fees, local skills (half price) discount and fee caps have already been applied to the Tuition fees displayed above.  Please note that fee caps only apply to the calendar year, so multi-semester courses across more than one calendar year may have a higher fee. See the Half price courses page for more details.

Lower fees, local skills are available to residents of Western Australia, and temporary residents holding certain visa types.  They are not available for people living outside of Western Australia, or international students.  Full eligibility details are available on our Half price courses page.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.
T  1300 300 822


*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2022. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

Get help

This form is only for course enquiries. If you would like to apply, please refer to the Study options and next steps section above.