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MEM31922 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

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MEM31922 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

CRICOS Course Code: 111999B
Course Description

This qualification defines the skills and knowledge required of an engineering tradesperson - fabrication within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries. The qualification has been specifically developed to meet the needs of apprentices in the above trade.
The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range of fabrication work, including undertaking metal fabrication, structural steel erection, sheetmetal work, welding, blacksmithing and surface finishing.
This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as an Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication.
Licensing/Regulatory Information
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, in some jurisdictions units in this qualification may relate to licensing or regulatory requirements.

Entry Requirements

There are No entry requirements specified in the Training Package for this course
State Institute of Training - SIT Entry Requirements:

  • All students must be 18 years of age or older at the time of enrolment.
  • Students must have completed High School (or equivalent)
  • All students must register their USI
  • The students must have good computer skills (including WORD, EXCEL, PowerPoint and Internet to search for information)
English Language Proficiency
  • This course is delivered and accessed in English. The students must have LLN (Language, Literacy and Numeracy) Skills for the level of course.
  • Students must provide current (test date less than 2 years) and valid proof of English language proficiency by any of the following tests:
    • IELTS (International English language testing system) minimum overall score 6.0
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English) minimum overall score 50
    • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet based test) minimum overall score 64
    • C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English – Advanced CAE) minimum overall score 169
    • OET (Occupational English Test)minimum overall score 350

The student can be exempt from English proficiency conditionby providing evidence any of the following:

  • They are a citizen of United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland.
  • They have completed minimum 5 years of study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Republic of Ireland.
  • They have completed (within the past 2 years) in Australia in English – requirements for senior secondary certification of education.
  • They have completed (within the past 2 years) in Australia in English – substantial component of AQF Level 4 or higher on a student visa
Pre Training Review
All learners will undertake an initial skills assessment to determine suitability for the course and student needs. This is a physically demanding course requiring working with power tools, long hours standing and bending, manual handling and carrying various equipment. It is important that students confirm their physical health and fitness and advise SIT of any respiratory illnesses and other physical ailments that may negatively impact their ability to complete the qualification.
Determination of course suitability and additional support (if any) will be made by a qualified assessor.
Course Duration

This qualification is expected to be completed in 62 weeks.
This will include:

  • 30 weeks of face-to-face training and assessment spread over three study periods (10 weeks each),
  • 22 weeks of mandatory work placement component (440 Hours) and
  • 10 weeks of total study break period interspersed between study periods.

Packaging Rules:

To be awarded the MEM31922 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade, units of competency to the value of 96 points must be achieved,

  • all core units of competency (totalling 33 points)
  • elective units of competency for a generic fabrication trade qualification - minimum value of 40 points from Group A, B, C, D, E, F and G.
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 23 points from Group H to bring the total value to 96 points.


Mode of Study:

This delivery of this course has 3 components:

  • Face-to-face classroom sessions,
  • Practical training and assessment in an operational workplace environment with purpose-built workshop and
  • workplace practice via a mandatory work based training
Course Location

Pakenham Campus - Level 1, 29 James Street, Pakenham VIC 3810

Melbourne Campus - Level 4, 20 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Practical training conducted at SIT Workshops

Delivery Arrangements

All structured activities are scheduled for 20 hours per week. Participants will complete theoretical training in the SIT Campus classrooms, Practical training will be conducted in purpose-built workshops (with operational workplace environment), followed by work placement which will allow students to learn and demonstrate performance evidence in a functioning workspace.

SIT will use a range of techniques during face-to-face delivery including trainer presentations and demonstrations, individual tasks, case studies, research, role plays, practical demonstrations, and group work.

Work Based Training

All students directly enrolling in this course will undertake 440 hours of work placement over 22 weeks at 20 hours per week. The units of competency have specific hours of Work Based Training allocated to them. Work Based Training (WBT) will be scheduled after the students have had the theory and practical training sessions for the units of competency. This is reflected in the course timetable in the last 2 study periods.

Work placement is organised by SIT; however, students will have the option to complete a placement at their own workplace or look for other placement options. All external host employers will need to be approved by SIT and a work placement agreement will be signed by SIT and Host employer before commencement.

Self Study

Students will be required to complete a list of additional self-study activities in their own time to complement the formal learning they are doing as part of their studies. These activities will involve students working on their own with limited direction from their trainer and will be for activities such as watching prescribed videos, research and answering questions; practical activities; research and report on topics provided; review of assessment requirements, & self-reflection. These learning activities form a formal part of the training and are mandatory.


Students will have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required, including relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications. SIT will provide its students personal safety equipment PPEs for their use in the workshop during training (Steel Capped Boots, Welding gloves, Masks and Overalls). The cost of these will be mentioned as part of the Material cost at the time of Enrolment. Students can bring their own personal safety equipment PPEs.

Pathways from this qualification

Students exiting this qualification may choose to progress with further studies by undertaking the following qualification:

  • MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering

Course Fees

For updated course fee structure, kindly contact State Institute of Training.
Please Note:
  • The course fees does not include the cost of living in Australia.
  • SIT does NOT provide any VET [Vocational Education and Training] FEE-HELP, government- funded subsidy or other financial support arrangements.
  • SIT reserves the right to change the fees over the duration of this course.
Accommodation and Cost of Living in Australia

The average living costs in Australia is an important part of student’s financial preparation. The Study in Australia website provides detailed information regarding different Accommodation options and other living costs. These costs are an approximate guide and don’t take into account individual budget and spending habits. For more information, please visit


The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements applicants must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. The Home Affairs website covers in more detail how to work out how much money you might need to cover the costs of your stay in Australia as international student.

For more information, please visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500#Overview
Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

Prior to enrolment SIT will determine any prior learning of each student with regard to their existing skills, knowledge and experience that the student may have acquired through formal (credit transfer), non-formal and informal learning related to Units of Competency in this qualification, in order to determine the amount of training SIT will provide to each student. If RPL or Credit Transfer is granted, this may result in a shorter course duration for this qualification. For further details, please refer to the policy on our website.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment

Prior to course commencement, enrolled students will be required to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment designed for Cert IV level, so that SIT can determine whether students need LLN support during their studies.

USI – Unique Student Identifier

All new or continuing SIT students undertaking nationally recognised training, need a USI in order to receive their Qualification or Statement of Attainment. For Further information: https://www.usi.gov.au/

SIT meets the requirements of the Student Identifier scheme. SIT will not issue AQF certification documentation to a student without being in receipt of a verified Student Identifier for that student, unless an exemption applies under the Student Identifiers Act 2014.

Student Support Services

SIT offers a range of Student Support Services to help the overseas students in adjusting to study and life in Australia. Students will be provided with an age and culturally appropriate Orientation Program which will provide them with information about the services available to ease their transition into life and study in Australia and to assist them as needed. This provision of support services to students is as an integral part of training services provided by SIT. These support services will be provided at no additional cost to the student.

Course Progress Monitoring Strategy

Students are required to maintain satisfactory course progress. SIT will monitor the course progress to ensure that students are able to complete their course within the expected duration specified in the COE. SIT will implement its risk intervention strategy if required. For further details, please refer to the policy on our website.

Refunds and Fees Protection

SIT’s Refund Policy and Procedure provides relevant information regarding refund conditions including:

  • a) Refund terms and conditions
  • b) the student’s rights as a consumer, including but not limited to a statutory cooling-off period of 10 business days.

For further details, please refer to the policy on our website

Tuition Protection Scheme

Protection of Fees paid in advance – In case of provider default, TPS ensures that international students are able to either

  • Complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or
  • Receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees.

For more information on TPS, please visit https://tps.gov.au/Home

Deferment, Suspension and Cancellation of study
Student Initiated Deferrals

Students may be able to temporarily defer the commencement of their studies or suspend their enrolment after commencement on the grounds of compassionate or compelling circumstances.

Provider Initiated Suspension or Cancellation -

SIT may suspend or cancel a student enrolment including but not limited to, breach of Enrolment Agreement and visa conditions.

SIT will inform the student in writing about the intention to suspend or cancel the student enrolment and the reason for doing so. The student will be given a notice of intention to report and 20 working days to access SIT’s internal complaints and appeals process.

For further details, please refer to the policy on our website.

Complaints and Appeals

Students can choose to appeal any decision made by SIT in accordance with the Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedures. The Complaints and Appeals Policy and related procedure is available at our website

International students can make a complaint to the Overseas Student Ombudsman (www.oso.gov.au) if they are not satisfied with SIT’s internal complaints and appeals process. The availability of complaints and appeals processes, does not remove the right of the student to take action under Australian Consumer Law.

Issuance of Certification

SIT will issue AQF [Australian Qualifications Framework] certification documentation only to a student whom it has assessed as meeting the requirements of the training product as specified in the relevant training package. AQF certification documentation will be issued within 30 calendar days of course completion, provided all agreed fees the student owes to SIT have been paid. For further details, please refer to the policy on our website.

Application Procedure and further information

Apply directly to SIT. Application form is available on our website.

Contact Details:

Email - info@sit.vic.edu.au

Phone – 03 8383 4447

In person -
Level 1, 29 James Street, Pakenham VIC 3810

Level 4, 20 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Further Information:
  • SIT does not use any 3rd party arrangements for delivery and assessment of this course.
  • SIT does not guarantee that a student will obtain a particular employment outcome after completing this course
  • SIT does not promise any possible migration outcomes from undertaking this course, or guarantee successful education assessment outcomes.