Metal & Engineering

This qualification provides students with broad-based underpinning competencies in a range of engineering skills. Students undertaking this course will work on lathes and milling machines as well as learning about hand and power tools and precision measurement tools. Students will have the opportunity to learn welding skills using manual metal arc and gas metal arc process as well as the oxy acetylene welding.

For students undertaking a School Based Traineeship, the MEM20205 qualification has been specifically developed to reflect the minimum training requirement specified in the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award for employment in the above occupation. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal traineeship.


MEM10105 – Certificate I in Engineering

MEM20105 – Certificate II in Engineering (available to SBAT students only)

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Metal and Engineering.

Students who successfully complete all the units of competency in the 240 hour course will be eligible for: MEM10105 – Certificate I in Engineering.

Only students who are doing a School Based Traineeship and successfully complete all the Units of Competency in the 240 hour course will be eligible for MEM20105 – Certificate II in Engineering.

HSC Information

This is a Board Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete the 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency from the list below are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 4 Core, 24 pts – A (Listed) Elective, your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.


  • N/A Manufacturing, engineering and related services industries induction
  • MEM18001C Use hand tools
  • MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task (Core)
  • MEM12024A Perform computations
  • MEM07032B Use workshop machines for basic operations
  • MEM11011B Undertake manual handling
  • MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
  • MEM12001B Use comparison and basic measuring devices
  • MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment (Core)
  • MEM15024A Apply quality procedures  (Core
  • MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment  (Core)


  • MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment (Core)
  • MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
  • MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
  • MEM05004C Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
  • MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting
  • MEM15002A Apply quality systems
  • MEM15024A Apply quality procedures  (Core)

Students who successfully complete the above units will be eligible for MEM10105 – Certificate I in Engineering

School Based Trainees will be eligible for MEM20105 – Certificate II in Engineering

Further Study

Apprenticeship, for example in:

  • Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Engineering – Mechanical Trade
  • Engineering – Electrical/Electronic Trade
  • Engineering – Technical
  • Boating Services
Career Information

Job Roles

Trades; assistants related to this qualification include:

  • Factory Worker
  • Metal Production Assistant

Duties and Tasks

  • Metal trades assistants may perform the following tasks:
  • Position and hold metal stock or products to enable work to be carried out
  • Perform assembly and dismantling operations, such as screwing or bolting
  • Solder or spot-weld components using electrical spot or butt welding machines
  • Operate power hammers, presses or other cutting and shaping tools and machines
  • Transport tools, materials and work pieces to and from sites or workbenches
  • Hand tools to tradespersons and hold tools not immediately required
  • Clean and prepare working surfaces.

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • Good with hands
  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Able to work efficiently
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Safety-conscious
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

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