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Blend a traditional trade with new technologies!
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.
This pre-apprenticeship prepares graduates to continue their studies through to a metal fabrication apprenticeship.
Learn in specialised facilities
Our campuses provides students with a hands-on learning environment that feature industry-standard equipment, advanced technology and specialised workshop areas.
This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 July 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.
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Attendance in class
This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied full time across one semester.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
120 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you at the end of the face to face delivery.
What you need for your first day of class
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen & exercise book) and wear enclosed footwear.
In addition, the following uniform is required to be worn at all classes:
- steel cap boots with leather upper and heat resistant soles (no volleys permitted)
- long cotton work pants
- long sleeve cotton work shirt for welding processes
- safety glasses
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Study options and next steps
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