MEM30205 - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Have experience in engineering -- mechanical trade? Get it recognised.

Your experience as a fitter and turner, machinist, diesel fitter, or refrigeration mechanic may qualify you for formal trade recognition. This is ideal for those who have skills and experience in performing engineering measurements, and performing machining, lathe, milling, grinding, cutting, and jig boring operations. So if you’d like to gain certification and enhance your job opportunities within the mechanical engineering industry, achieve your Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade via RPL.

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Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade are:

  • completion of all core units of competency listed below, and

  • completion of Group A Mechanical Trade stream units to the value of at least 40 points, and

  • completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units listed in Appendix 1, Volume 1 of the Training Package, to bring the total value to at least 73 points

Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total (refer to units and prerequisites listing in Appendix 2, Volume 1).

Appropriate Group B elective units to the value of 16 points may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III. Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NQC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.

Registered Training Organisations must seek a determination from Manufacturing Skills Australia in respect of the allocation of points values for units of competency drawn from other Training Packages or accredited courses.

Only select units that would be suitable for Mechanical Trade occupational outcomes.

Additional qualification descriptors 

The following additional descriptors are approved for use with this qualification: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning; Instrumentation; Maintenance; Patternmaking; Toolmaking; Watchmaking; Machining.

Core units 

select all of the units from this list

Unit Code Unit Title

Perform engineering measurements


Perform computations


Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment


Plan to undertake a routine task


Plan a complete activity


Apply quality systems


Apply quality procedures


Organise and communicate information


Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment


Interact with computing technology


Assist in the provision of on the job training

MSAENV272B  Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Elective Units 

Group A  - Mechanical Trade stream units 

select units from this list to the value of at least 40 points 

Unit Code Unit Title P 
MEM07001B  Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment 2
MEM07002B  Perform precision shaping/planing/slotting operations 4
MEM07003B  Perform machine setting (routine) 4
MEM07004B  Perform machine setting (complex) 8
MEM07005C  Perform general machining 8
MEM07006C  Perform lathe operations 4
MEM07007C  Perform milling operations 4
MEM07008D  Perform grinding operations 4
MEM07009B  Perform precision jig boring operations 4
MEM07010B  Perform tool and cutter grinding operations 4
MEM07011B  Perform complex milling operations 4
MEM07012B  Perform complex grinding operations 4
MEM07013B  Perform machining operations using horizontal and/or vertical boring machines 4
MEM07014B  Perform electro-discharge (EDM) machining operations 4
MEM07015B  Set computer controlled machines/processes 2
MEM07016C  Set and edit computer controlled machines/processes 4
MEM07018C  Write basic NC/CNC programs 4
MEM07019C  Program NC/CNC machining centre 2
MEM07020C Program multiple spindle and/or multiple axis NC/CNC machining centre 2
MEM07021B  Perform complex lathe operations 4
MEM07022C  Program CNC wire cut machines 2
MEM07023C  Program and set up CNC manufacturing cell 6
MEM07024B  Operate and monitor machine/process 4
MEM07025B  Perform advanced machine/process operation 6
MEM07026B  Perform advanced plastic processing 6
MEM07027B  Perform advanced press operations 6
MEM07028B  Operate computer controlled machines/processes 2
MEM07029B  Perform routine sharpening/maintenance of production tools and cutters 4
MEM07030C  Perform metal spinning lathe operations (basic) 8
MEM07031C  Perform metal spinning lathe operations (complex) 4
MEM07032B  Use workshop machines for basic operations 2
MEM07033B  Operate and monitor basic boiler 6
MEM07034A  Operate and monitor intermediate class boiler 4
MEM07040A  Set multistage integrated processes 6
MEM09002B  Interpret technical drawing 4
MEM09022A  Create 2D code files using computer aided manufacturing system 4
MEM10004B  Enter and change programmable controller operational parameters 2
MEM10006B  Install machine/plant 4
MEM12003B  Perform precision mechanical measurement 2
MEM12006C  Mark off/out (general engineering) 4
MEM13007B  Maintain water treatment systems for cooling towers 2
MEM18001C  Use hand tools 2
MEM18002B  Use power tools/hand held operations 2
MEM18003C  Use tools for precision work 4
MEM18004B  Maintain and overhaul mechanical equipment 4
MEM18005B  Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings 4
MEM18006C  Repair and fit engineering components 6
MEM18007B  Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies 4
MEM18008B  Balance equipment 2
MEM18009B  Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components 4
MEM18010C  Perform equipment condition monitoring and recording 4
MEM18011C  Shut down and isolate machines/equipment 2
MEM18012B  Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals 2
MEM18013B  Perform gland packing 2
MEM18014B  Manufacture press tools and gauges 8
MEM18015B  Maintain tools and dies 4
MEM18018C  Maintain pneumatic system components 4
MEM18019B  Maintain pneumatic systems 4
MEM18020B Maintain hydraulic systems 4
MEM18021B Maintain fluid power controls 4
MEM18022B Maintain engine cooling systems 8
MEM18024B Service combustion engines 2
MEM18025B Test compression ignition fuel systems 2
MEM18026C Overhaul engine fuel system components 4
MEM18027C Maintain engine lubrication systems 8
MEM18028B Tune diesel engines 2
MEM18029B Diagnose and rectify low voltage electrical systems 4
MEM18030B Diagnose and rectify low voltage starting systems 8
MEM18031B Maintain induction/exhaust systems 2
MEM18032B Perform engine bottom-end overhaul 4
MEM18033B Perform engine top-end overhaul 4
MEM18034B Diagnose and rectify braking systems 8
MEM18035B Diagnose and rectify low voltage charging systems 6
MEM18037B Maintain wheels and tyres 2
MEM18038B Diagnose and rectify track type undercarriage 2
MEM18039B Maintain suspension systems 4
MEM18040B Maintain steering systems 4
MEM18041B Diagnose and rectify manual transmissions 4
MEM18042C Diagnose and rectify automatic transmissions 4
MEM18043C Diagnose and rectify drive line and final drives 8
MEM18044C Fault find/repair electrical equipment/components up to 250 volts single phase supply 4
MEM18045B Fault find/repair electrical equipment/components up to 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c. 4
MEM18046B Diagnose and maintain electronic controlling systems on mobile plant 10
MEM18047B Fault find and repair/rectify basic electrical circuits 4
MEM18048B Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired equipment up to 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c. 12
MEM18049C Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired equipment over 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c. 3
MEM18050C Fault find and repair/rectify complex electrical circuits 3
MEM18051B Maintain fluid power systems for mobile plant 6
MEM18052B Fault find, test and calibrate instrumentation systems and equipment 4
MEM18054B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components 8
MEM18055B Diagnose and repair analog equipment and components 3
MEM18056B Maintain/service analog/digital electronic equipment 10
MEM18057B Modify electronic equipment 6
MEM18058C Maintain, repair control instrumentation - single and multiple loop control systems 4
MEM18060B Install, maintain and calibrate instrumentation sensors, transmitters and final control elements 8
MEM18062B Terminate signal and data cables 8
MEM18063B Maintain instrumentation system components 4
MEM18064B Diagnose and repair digital equipment and components 6
MEM18065B Diagnose and repair digital equipment and components 10
MEM18066B Diagnose and repair microprocessor-based equipment 6
MEM18067B Tune control loops - multi controller or multi element systems 6
MEM18071B Connect/disconnect fluid conveying system components 2
MEM18072B Manufacture fluid conveying conductor assemblies 4
MEM18086B Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems 4
MEM18087B Service and repair domestic and light commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment 6
MEM18088B Maintain and repair commercial air conditioning systems and components 4
MEM18089B Maintain and repair central air handling systems 6
MEM18090B Maintain and repair industrial refrigeration systems and components 6
MEM18091B Maintain and repair multi stage, cascade and/or ultra-cold industrial refrigeration systems 4
MEM18092B Maintain and repair commercial and/or industrial refrigeration and/or air conditioning controls 6
MEM18094B Service and repair commercial refrigeration 6
MEM18095A Maintain and repair cooling towers/evaporative condensers and associated equipment 4
MEM18096A Maintain, repair/replace and adjust refrigerant flow controls and associated equipment 6
MEM18097A Manufacture cavity dies 8
MEM18098A  Prepare to perform work associated with fuel system installation and servicing* 2
Group B  - Trade Specialisation units 
  • Select units from the Certificate III Trade Specialisation units listed in Appendix 1, Volume 1 of MEM05 to bring the total value of units to at least 73 points, including any prerequisites .

Not Applicable

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may relate to licensing or regulatory requirements. Where appropriate electives are taken these can also be used to satisfy regulations regarding refrigeration and air conditioning work. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Visit Get Qualified Australia’s Trade Licensing page for more information surrounding licensing

  • Get Qualified Australia Trades Academy - Provider Code 41068

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