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July, February

Course length:

Full Time: 19 weeks, 3 days/week



The Certificate II in Engineering Studies pre-apprenticeship course is designed to provide pre-employment training and a pathway into the engineering industry.

It will provide you with a range of skills such as welding, reading and creating engineering drawings, basic machining, fabrication, and use of basic hand and power tools.

Engineers are interested in how things work and are employed to design, invent, create, maintain and improve everything from buildings bridges and aeroplanes, to plastics and computers.

Fabrication trades people learn to make and repair metal fabricated products, including the shaping, cutting and welding of metal. They are often engaged in projects that involve heavy metal design in construction, mining, manufacturing, power generation and shipping industries.

This new qualification has been specifically developed to reflect the minimum training requirement specified for employment in the engineering and fabrication industry.

This is a Free TAFE course 

Students who are eligible for Victorian Government subsidised training may not have to pay course tuition fees when they enrol in a Free TAFE course.

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Course structure

The course is delivered face to face, online and in our simulated workplace workshop providing access to the tools and equipment used in today's industry.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment


Use hand tools


Undertake a basic engineering project


Report on a range of sectors in the manufacturing, engineering and related industries


Select and interpret drawings and prepare three dimensional (3D) sketches and drawings


Perform basic machining processes


Apply basic fabrication techniques


Use power tools/hand held operations


Perform basic welding and thermal cutting processes to fabricate engineering structures


Create engineering drawings using computer aided systems


Use 3D printing to create products

Code Name
MEM13014AApply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM18001CUse hand tools
MEMPE006AUndertake a basic engineering project
VU22329Report on a range of sectors in the manufacturing, engineering and related industries
VU22330Select and interpret drawings and prepare three dimensional (3D) sketches and drawings
VU22331Perform basic machining processes
VU22332Apply basic fabrication techniques
MEM18002BUse power tools/hand held operations
VU22337Perform basic welding and thermal cutting processes to fabricate engineering structures
VU22339Create engineering drawings using computer aided systems
VU22340Use 3D printing to create products

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview.

These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

For online and work simulated tasks, it is recommended you bring a tablet or laptop. You will also need personal protective equipment work-wear including long, 100 per cent cotton shirt, pants or overalls, fully enclosed leather steel-toed work boots and clear safety glasses. Welding mask and gloves will be provided but bring you own if possible.


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



Graduation from this course will enhance the prospects to undertake a Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication work-based apprenticeship, traineeship or cadetship leading into a range of metal fabrication related careers as a trades person or gain entry level employment in Engineering or related industries.


A graduate of the Certficate II in Engineering Studies will be eligible to:
- undertake a work-based traineeship or apprenticeship in a range of engineering, manufacturing or related areas
- enrol in Certificate III qualifications in the engineering, manufacturing or related areas
- seek entry-level employment in the engineering, manufacturing or related industries.


At the completion of this course, you may wish to apply for credit and continue your studies in the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade Apprenticeship, Certificate IV in Engineering or Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade qualifications.

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Government subsidised




Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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Engineering and Fabrication Open Days

Do you love work that is physical and technical? Consider a practical career in the fabrication trades and become an expert in welding engineering. At Holmesglen, we're all about hands on learning, so our fabrication workshops are equipped with industry standard machinery. Our continued investment in equipment means that you learn on the equipment you will find on the job, so when you finish your studies you are work safe and work ready. Visit us on Open Days at 2.30pm and talk to our teachers about a career in Engineering. You will be shown around our workshop and possibly having a try at designing something with our computer controlled plasma machine that you can take home. After the tour our teaching staff will be available to answer any further questions about the courses and the industry. You can also come along to find out more about our VET in Schools course, the Certificate II in Engineering Studies. Our experienced teachers will provide you with information on how we can support you to successfully complete units towards your Year 11 and Year 12 studies as well as highlight future study pathways and career opportunities. Registrations are essential for sessions to go ahead.

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