National ID: MEM20105 | State ID: AA50


Are you looking for a career making heavy metal objects?

Graduates can continue their studies in a metal fabrication apprenticeship. Metal fabricators and welders work in a diverse trade, applying a broad range of fabrication and welding skills to industries including: mechanical and civil engineering, mining resources sector, heavy haulage and road transport, agriculture machinery, construction, defence, refineries and materials bulk handling. Pre-apprentices are exposed to the latest technological developments in the fabrication and welding trade, including computer controlled metal plate cutting equipment.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

  • Welder
  • Boilermaker
  • Metal Fabricator

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Certificate III in Engineering apprenticeship/traineeship

Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Rockingham

1 semester (6 months) full time. Includes 150 hours of work experience.

How Full Time (Pre-Apprenticeship)
When Available Semester 2, 2017

  • Welder
  • Boilermaker
  • Metal Fabricator

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Certificate III in Engineering apprenticeship/traineeship

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2017

VET Student Loans 

Students in an eligible diploma qualifications and above may be assisted through a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loan scheme. For more information on entrance requirements and eligible course list please see www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans 

For information on VET Student Loans at South Metropolitan TAFE please visit the Student Loans page.

International students

Fees, charges, available locations, applications, and enrolment procedures for international students are different to those applicable to local students.

International students can only study full-time.

For information on international student fees and application, please follow this link to the  TAFE International WA website 

1 Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment MEM13014A W5502
Apply quality procedures MEM15024A W5531
Apply quality systems MEM15002A W5532
Plan to undertake a routine task MEM14004A W5512
Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment MEM16007A W5548

2 Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Carry out mechanical cutting MEM05005B W5331
Interact with computing technology MEM16008A W5452
Interpret technical drawing MEM09002B W5418
Perform engineering measurements MEM12023A W5492
Perform manual heating and thermal cutting MEM05007C W5333
Perform routine gas metal arc welding MEM05050B W5326
Perform routine manual metal arc welding MEM05012C W5294
Perform routine oxy acetylene welding MEM05004C W5325
Plan a complete activity MEM14005A W5513
Use hand tools MEM18001C W5563
Use power tools/hand held operations MEM18002B W5574
Use workshop machines for basic operations MEM07032B W5378

3 Work Practice Coordination Modules

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Module 1 (Placement arranged) AW866 AW866
Module 2 (Commenced) AW867 AW867
Module 3 (Mid-point) AW868 AW868
Module 4 (Completed) AW869 AW869
  • This course uses TAFE Admissions, to study full-time in Semester Two 2017, apply through tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au/ on or after May 1st, 2017 and before June 12th, 2017.
  • Online courses normally have enrolments available ongoing at any time, for help enrolling or for more information
    call: 1800 001 001 or email: info@smtafe.wa.edu.au
  • For apprenticeships and traineeships (where available), you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.
  • For international students (where available), contact
  • For all other courses, or if you need help or have questions please call us on
    1800 001 001 or email us at info@smtafe.wa.edu.au

Please note: All enrolling students will require a Unique Student Identifier number.

Entrance Requirements

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

South Metropolitan TAFE maintains strong relationships with a number of universities. On completion of diploma and advanced diploma courses, students may be eligible for credit towards a bachelor degree at one of our university partners. For details of our university pathway options, visit our Uni Pathways page.

Please note: Different university entrance arrangements may apply to international students. For further details please contact the individual Universities directly.


Page last updated May 29, 2017