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How to start your engineering career with a Free TAFE course

Harrison-Engineering-article-image.jpgHolmesglen graduate Harrison Nickou used the Free TAFE MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering (Fabrication and AutoCAD) course to find employment and enter the building and construction industry.

Inspired by his father’s welding career, Harrison found Holmesglen’s training a perfect starting point.

“I enjoyed learning all the intricacies. It was interesting to put all the different techniques into practice. You could physically see what you’ve done,” Harrison says.

The certificate IV course is offered as full-time or part-time study and teaches students various fabrication and welding skills. Students also gain knowledge of 2D drawings and 3D models using AutoCAD (computed-aided design).

Harrison’s experience with fabrication and welding started when working with his dad. He built on those skills at Holmesglen and works in fabrication and balustrading.

He learned how to use manual and power tools, apply quality procedures, read technical drawings, perform advanced welding, and skills needed to work on-site and in a factory.

“The Holmesglen workshop was set-up in the same way a factory is, which made my transition into work really easy; because I understood why things are where they are and how they work.”

What can you do with an engineering course?

Students who study the MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering (Fabrication and AutoCAD) gain key skills in welding, soldering, manual production assembly, fabrication, computer aided design, and more skills to undertake work in the metals industry.

Harrison describes his current role as a mix of roles and responsibilities. After spending time in the factory, he is now working on larger scale commercial worksites.

He has experience sourcing materials, reading plans, cutting materials to size, and then putting them together. He says the most important thing to remember is to always double check everything you’re doing. 

What skills do I need to be a metal fabricator?

Fabricators, engineers and welders need strong technical skills, such as detailed manufacturing, installation, testing and maintenance knowledge. They also need to work with strong OH&S standards, understand environmentally sustainable work practices and work alongside various designs and plans.

Harrison also believes important professional qualities are communication and continual learning. “You’ve got to ask questions. That’s one of the things I was always told during my course was to always ask.”

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