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With more than two decades of working in the defence shipbuilding and sustainment industry, SM TAFE has a proven track record of producing job-ready workers. SM TAFE is the only vocational training provider in Western Australia to be recognised by the Naval Shipbuilding College, with formal endorsement of the engineering fabrication trade course. 

Our focus is on providing training for the exciting and rewarding defence industry. There are fantastic career opportunities available in trade areas such as structural steel and welding, metal fitter and machinists, industrial electricians and electricians. Our facilities are world-class, providing students with hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting.

We partner with the defence industry to service its increasing need for skilled trade workers. We support the industry to attract, train, retain and re-train skilled workers and our pathway programs bring together schools, TAFE and higher education and our nationally accredited courses can be customised to suit employers' needs. 

Explore defence careers

Have you considered studying in courses that support the Defence industry?

Defence in Western Australia also includes logistics and warehousing, maritime, information technology and engineering. Navigate to those industry areas using their links to explore courses with strong employment growth. 

State ID: AE374
Industry Defence
Skill sets

CNC Operations Skill Set

This skill set will provide existing workers with specialist skills in operating, programming and setting up of CNC machinery.

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Learn how to operate CNC machinery

The CNC Operations skill set is for qualified/experienced tradespersons employed in an engineering production or manufacturing environment.

This course has been developed specifically, to suit the role of first-class machinists looking to upskill from manual machining and into Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) Machining and Operations.

You will learn how to Program, Set and Operate CNC machinery allowing you to perform machine operations faster and with high accuracy using the latest CNC equipment.

This skill set will provide existing workers with specialist skills in programming, setting, and operating of CNC machinery that covers a broad range of industries.

Gain these skills

  • practical skills and knowledge to analyse, inspect components, edit CNC programs 
  • apply workplace health and safety
  • perform engineering measurements
  • Operate and monitor CNC machines and processes.

Dates

  • Groups begin monthly when there is demand

Express your interest

Skill set
National ID: UEE30820
State ID: BFN0
Industry Building and Construction
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Launch your career as a licensed electrician.


Are you looking for an electrical career and current skills?

When you complete the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician you'll be looking at a career as a licensed electrician (additional requirements apply).

Gain these skills

  • install low voltage wiring, switchgear and appliances
  • arrange and connect circuits
  • troubleshoot and problem solve apparatus and circuits
  • use hand and power tools
  • interpret drawings
  • take electrical and electronic measurements
  • workplace health and safety

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Thornlie Campus offers first rate, fully equipped, purpose-built workshops, where students get hands-on practice working in simulation rooms, using advanced equipment and the latest techniques.

Certificate III
National ID: MEM20105
State ID: AA50
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate II in Engineering (Heavy Fabrication Pre-Apprenticeship)

Continue your trade studies through to a metal fabrication apprenticeship.


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.

Gain these skills:

  • Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
  • Carry out mechanical cutting
  • Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
  • Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • Perform manual production welding
  • Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • Interpret technical drawing
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Use power tools/hand held operations

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. 

Certificate II
National ID: MEM20105
State ID: AA49
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter and Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship)

Become a mechanical fitting or machinist apprentice in the mining, industrial, defence, automotive, or hydraulics industries.


Are you looking for a career making and fixing all things mechanical?

When you complete the Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter and Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship) you'll greatly improve your chance of getting a mechanical fitting or machinist apprenticeship in industries such as mining, industrial, defence, automotive, or hydraulics.

Gain these skills

  • make machines, parts, and tools
  • work with pumps and hydraulics
  • use workshop machines
  • utilise hand and power tools
  • measuring & technical drawing
  • workplace health and safety

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.

Certificate II
National ID: MEM31112
State ID: W992
Industry Defence

Certificate III in Engineering - Composites Trade

Become a tradesperson working with composites within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries.

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Kick start your composites trade career!

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required by a tradesperson working with composites/fibreglass. The composites tradesperson may work in a composites manufacturing or repair organisation, marine, vehicle or other organisation as a composites’ specialist. If you are looking to build a diverse career based on high-demand skills that offer a secure future, a Composites Apprenticeship could be for you!

Gain these skills:

  • composites work
  • selecting, handling, using and storing materials and components 
  • undertaking repairs and modifications
  • adjusting resin chemicals 
  • selecting and using joining techniques 

The Certificate III in Engineering - Composites Trade is an apprenticeship: you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study. Please see the Apprenticeships section for more information.

Good news!

This course is going to transition to a new training package in 2022. This means that students starting in 2022 will transfer during their study to new units developed to meet current and future industry needs.

Certificate III
National ID: MEM30305
State ID: WT76
Industry Defence
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy Yg)

Start your trades career as a boilermaker, welder, or fabricator.

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Are you looking for a career making and fixing all things mechanical?

Looking to gain the skills and knowledge required to work in the engineering fabrication industry? When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy YG) you'll be looking at a trades career as a boilermaker, welder, or fabricator in industries such as mining or construction. 

Gain these skills:

  • create and work with metal fabrications
  • use workshop machines
  • use hand and power tools, metal, gas, flux core, tungsten
  • arc welding
  • thermal cutting
  • measuring
  • technical drawing
  • workplace health and safety
       
Certificate III
National ID: MEM30305
State ID: WT77
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH)

Start your trades career as a boilermaker, welder, or fabricator.

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Are you looking for a career making and fixing all things mechanical?

When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH) you'll be looking at a trades career as a boilermaker, welder, or fabricator in industries such as mining or construction. Develop practical knowledge and gain hands-on skills in fabrication and welding, using industry standard technologies and techniques. 

Gain these skills:

  • create and work with metal fabrications
  • use workshop machines
  • use hand and power tools
  • metal, gas, flux core, tungsten
  • arc welding 
  • thermal cutting
  • measuring 
  • technical drawing
  • workplace health and safety

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.

Certificate III
National ID: MEM30305
State ID: WT78
Industry Defence
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Light Yc)

Launch your trades career as a sheet metal worker or light metal fabricator in mining or construction.

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Are you looking for a career creating and repairing metal structures and products?

When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Light YC) you'll be looking at a trades career as a sheet metal worker or light metal fabricator in industries such as mining or construction.

The course begins by establishing the foundation skills that are required to be a successful sheetmetal trades-person. Students undertake workshop and classroom projects to develop the skills required by a trades-person. 

Gain these skills:

  • create and work with light metal fabrications 
  • use workshop machines, hand and power tools 
  • sheet and plate assembly 
  • thermal cutting, tungsten arc welding, silver soldering and gas metal arc welding 
  • sketching and drawing interpretation  
  • problem solving, error detection and correction
  • advanced fabrication and job presentation skills 
Certificate III
National ID: MEM30305
State ID: AB53
Industry Defence
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Marine)

Become a boat fabricator in the construction and marine industry.

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Need a bigger boat?

Marine fabricators use aluminium, stainless steel, fabricated metal, composite materials and other products to build boats and other marine vessels. They cut, shape, join and repair the metal components that make up the hulls, frames and other structures of boats. These structures may include fuel tanks, boarding ladders and platforms, rails, canopy bows and a range of smaller or specialty customised fittings.

Gain these skills:

  • fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
  • manual and gas metal arc welding
  • geometric development
  • mechanical cutting
  • interpreting technical drawings
  • manual heating and thermal cutting
  • health and safety in the workplace
Certificate III
National ID: MEM31215
State ID: AWG6
Industry Defence
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Industrial Electrician

Designed in collaboration with the resources industry this course meets the demand for skilled workers in industrial electrotechnology.

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SM TAFE has developed this course in collaboration with the oil, gas and resources industry to meet demand for skilled workers in industrial electrotechnology. Our training and assessment strategies ensure the industry has the best talent available. We are also the only provider that runs this course in Australia.

Students will be taught the analytical, technical and practical skills required to become a competent electrical technician ready for the complex processes and systems encountered in industrial environments. They will learn how to select, set-up, install, test, commission, fault-find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in oil/gas installations, process plants and mine sites. On completion, graduates will be eligible to apply for an unrestricted electrical licence from Energy Safety/Department of Commerce, enabling them to work as an electrician.

Gain these skills

  • development, analysis and fault finding of electromagnetic circuits, DC circuits, and single and three phase AC electrical circuits
  • interpretation and development of electrical process control drawings, diagrams and schedules
  • operation, control, protection and fault finding of DC motors, synchronous AC motors and asynchronous AC motors (single and three phase AC)
  • operation, testing and fault finding single and three phase transformers
  • installing and testing/verifying non-domestic and domestic electrical installations to comply with regulatory requirements
  • selection of cables and circuit protection devices for non-domestic and domestic electrical installations
  • design, operation and connection of control circuits used in industrial installations
  • commissioning and decommissioning of low voltage and high voltage equipment and installations
  • operation, programming and maintenance of programmable controllers
  • operation, control and maintenance of electrical generation equipment
Certificate III
National ID: MEM30205
State ID: AB54
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (First Class Machinist)

Learn to machine, modify and gain skills in the maintenance of plant and equipment, machinery and power stations.

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This course will cover theoretical and practical aspects of machining of engineering components. Learn to machine, modify and gain skills in the maintenance of plant and equipment, machinery and power stations. Our lecturers will help you develop the ability to work effectively and safely using specialist tools and equipment.

Gain these skills:

  • machining, assembly and manufacturing
  • CNC, precision grinding, horizontal boring and precision measurement
  • installation and modification of machinery
  • testing and fault finding of machinery
  • maintenance and service of equipment, machinery and tools
Certificate III
National ID: MEM30205
State ID: WT83
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Fitter and Machinist ZB)

Launch your trades career as a machinist, mechanical fitter, metal plater or plant mechanic in mining, automotive, or hydraulics.


Are you looking for a career making and fixing all things mechanical?

When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter and Machinist ZB) you'll be looking at a trades career as a machinist metal, mechanical fitter, metal plater or plant mechanic in industries such as mining, automotive, or hydraulics.

Gain these skills:

  • make machines, parts, and tools
  • work with pumps and hydraulics
  • use workshop machines, hand and power tools, mills and lathes
  • arc welding
  • measuring
  • technical drawing
  • workplace health and safety
Certificate III
National ID: MEM30205
State ID: AB63
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Marine Fitter)

Marine fitters assemble and maintain the structural and mechanical parts of boats, ships and submarines.

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Like boats and hands on work?

Mechanical/Marine Fitters use a range of tools and engineering techniques to maintain and repair mechanical plant machinery and equipment to operational standards. Work includes the identification of defective or worn mechanical components or equipment, repair/replacement of worn/faulty components or equipment, and modifications.  In a shipyard or defence industry they install and test a ship’s major machinery and other mechanical components. They learn the safe operation of shop machines and hand and power tools to install and test systems that may include engines, generators, pumps, propellers, rudders, periscopes and armaments. First Class or CNC Machinists are responsible for the operation, programming and maintenance of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery.

Gain these skills:

  • carry out mechanical cutting
  • perform manual heating and thermal cutting
  • apply safe welding practices
  • perform general machining
  • interpret technical drawing
  • install pipework and pipework assemblies
  • undertake manual handling
  • use power tools/hand held operations
  • repair and fit engineering components
  • maintain pneumatic system components
  • maintain hydraulic system components

 

90% of surveyed students were highly satisfied with this course.

Certificate III
National ID: MEM30205
State ID: WT86
Industry Defence
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Mechanical Fitter ZA)

Launch your trades career as a machinist, mechanical fitter, metal plater or plant mechanic in mining, automotive, or hydraulics.


Are you looking for a career making and fixing all things mechanical?

When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter ZA) you'll be looking at a trades career as a machinist metal, mechanical fitter, metal plater or plant mechanic in industries such as mining, automotive, or hydraulics.

Gain these skills:

  • work with pumps and hydraulics
  • work with pneumatic systems
  • work with mechanical drives and transmissions
  • use workshop machines
  • use hand and power tools
  • arc welding
  • thermal cutting
  • measuring
  • technical drawing
  • workplace health and safety
Certificate III
National ID: MEM30205
State ID: WT90
Industry Automotive
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Plant Mechanic ZG/Z)

Gain the skills and knowledge for a career in the heavy plant industry.

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Are you looking for a spark to ignite your career?

When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Plant Mechanic ZG/Z) you'll be ready for a career in the heavy plant industry.

Gain these skills:

  • diagnose and repair drivelines, drive assemblies, engines, suspension, brakes, hydraulics, pneumatic systems, steering, wiring and circuits
  • controlling systems
  • workplace safety and health
Certificate III
National ID: MEM30205
State ID: WT38
Industry Defence
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Refrigeration/Air Conditioning)

Become a fully qualified and licensed Refrigeration and Air Conditioning tradesperson.

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Are you looking for a trade that brings comfort into the home?

When you complete this Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Refrigeration/Air Conditioning) you'll be on your way to becoming a fully qualified and licensed Refrigeration and Air Conditioning tradesperson.

Gain these skills:

  • install, repair and maintain refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • test and troubleshoot circuits
  • repair and assemble electronic components
  • handle refrigerants
  • workplace health and safety

Specialist facilities on-campus

South Metropolitan TAFE's refrigeration and air conditioning facility is Western Australia's premier centre for refrigeration, air conditioning, and associated studies. The purpose-built facility is among the best in the southern hemisphere.

Certificate III
National ID: UEE62111
State ID: A175
Industry Defence
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Electrical

Become a specialist in automation, mechatronics, administering or upgrading infrastructure, among many other engineering skills.

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This course leads to a job of the future with STEM skills highly prized in the implementation of smart homes (Internet of Things), automated industrial production line mechatronics, administering or upgrading infrastructure for small to large scale businesses among many other innovative applications.

Gain these skills:

  • programmable logic controllers using the industry-based system Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • electrical design
  • motor control
  • computer programming
  • diagnose faults or malfunctions in electrical systems
  • provide alternative approaches or solutions
  • software applications
  • pneumatic systems

Specialist applied engineering facility at Munster campus

Students study this course at our state-of-the-art Applied Engineering building at Munster campus, featuring mechatronics labs and technical engineering workshop rooms. In our courses, you'll have access to modern equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, civil engineering compression labs to name just a few.

High school students can enter directly into this qualification upon completion of high school if they have obtained their WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) equivalent.

Good news!

This course is going to transition to a new training package in 2022. This means that students starting in 2022 will transfer during their study to new units developed to meet current and future industry needs.

Advanced Diploma
State ID: AE371
Industry Defence
Skill sets

Fluid Power Skill Set

Gain the skills and knowledge required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Mechanical).

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Push your skills to the limit

The Fluid Power skill set defines the skills and knowledge required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Mechanical) within metals, engineering, manufacturing and associated occupations, or at equivalent levels in other industries where engineering tradespersons work. It has been developed specifically to suit the role of a welding supervisor in the defence industry; for example those working on projects such as ship or aircraft building or the maintenance of military vehicles.

This skill set will provide existing workers with specialist skills in hydraulic systems, suitable for careers as a hydraulic fitter/technician or hydraulic systems designer.

Gain these skills

  • analyse, inspect and maintain hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • maintain fluid power controls
  • monitor/inspect equipment condition
  • tube bending and fitting
  • understanding logic systems
  • workplace health and safety

Dates:

  • Part time night classes for 30 weeks - Wednesdays 5pm-8pm
  • Groups begin monthly when there is demand

Express your interest 

Skill set
National ID: MEM30705
State ID: W242
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction

Become a tradesperson working in the exciting marine craft construction industry.

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This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required by a tradesman working in marine craft construction. Training is project based and covers all aspects of the construction process from design and drawing including the use of CAD , timber construction of plugs, and composite moulds and products.  People with this qualification may work in a manufacturing or repair organisation producing a variety of marine craft from kayaks and superyachts.

Good news!

This course is going to transition to a new training package in 2022. This means that students starting in 2022 will transfer during their study to new units developed to meet current and future industry needs.

Certificate III
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