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You can get advice to help you with your next step in your career by contacting our Jobs and Skills Centre for career advice and training information on 13 64 64.

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. 

We partner with the defence industry to service its expansive 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. Our nationally accredited courses can be customised to suit employers’ needs. 

Our focus is providing training for defence industry jobs in immediate demand. This includes engineering and trade occupations such as welding, heavy fabrication and fitting. Our facilities are world-class, providing students with hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting.

 

Read our defence industry training

Plan your study pathway in defence

 

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.


National ID State ID Title Qualification level Study mode Campus
MEM40105 W245 Engineering
Half price
Certificate IV Part Time
Self Paced
Rockingham
z, metals, welding, engineering, machining, fitting, automotive, plant, refrigeration, airconditioning, Engineering and Mining, Engineering, w245, mem40105

The Certificate IV in Engineering specifies the competencies required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson - Level II in mechanical, electrical/electronic or fabrication trade disciplines. The job role involves application of additional skills in the learner's trade or cross skills from other trades. Job roles may include the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of equipment and machinery, the fabrication of structures and assemblies, manufacture of sheet metal work, as well as use of relevant machinery, equipment and joining techniques. Machinery and equipment can include fluid power systems, stationary and mobile equipment, instruments, refrigeration, and the use of computer controlled machine tools.

 

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2021 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee), capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM40105-WT44 WT44 Engineering (Fluid Power)
Half price
Certificate IV Part Time
Rockingham
U000000, U000001, U000003, metals, engineering, machining, fitting, fluid, power, hydraulics, wt44, mem40105, TAFE13, Engineering and Mining, hydraulic,

Are you looking for a hydraulically or pneumatically powerful career?

When you complete the Certificate IV in Engineering (Fluid Power) you'll have specialist skills in hydraulic systems, suitable for careers as a hydraulic fitter or technician, hydraulic systems designer, or hydraulic equipment sales.

You will gain the practical skills and knowledge to analyse, inspect, and maintain hydraulic and pneumatic systems, maintain fluid power controls, monitor equipment condition, and workplace health and safety.

This is a post trade qualification. You must be able to produce current certificate III, trade papers, qualifications, or equivalent to study.
  

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2021 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee), capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM20105-AA50 AA50 Engineering (Heavy Fabrication Pre-Apprenticeship)
Half price
Certificate II Full Time
Mandurah
Rockingham
Thornlie
Fabrication, Welding, Metal, engineering, Metal Fabrication, aa50, mem20105, Engineering and Mining, Fabrication, defence, trade, technologies

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 andspecialised workshop areas. 

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM20105-AA49 AA49 Engineering (Mechanical Fitter and Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship)
Half price
Certificate II Full Time
Mandurah
Rockingham
Thornlie
Fitting, Machining, Toolmaking, Metals, engineering, Mechanical Fitting, aa49, mem20105, Engineering and Mining, Fabrication, fitter, machinist, defence, defence trades

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.

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM20105-AA48 AA48 Engineering (Mechanical-Plant Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship)
Half price
Certificate II Full Time
Thornlie
Mechanical, Vehicle, Servicing, Heavy, Road, Transport, plant, truck, bus, mechanic, aa48, mem20105, Engineering and Mining, Process Plant Operations/Technology, plant mechanic, heavy vehicle, loaders, bulldozer, dump truck, haul truck, servicing transmission, steering, brakes, fuel injection, hydraulics, batteries

Are you geared up for a big career working with the big gear?

When you complete the Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical - Plant Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship) you'll have what employers are looking for in a heavy vehicle or plant mechanic apprentice.

You will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the heavy automotive industry working on: 

  • loaders 
  • bulldozers, dump trucks and haul trucks 
  • inspecting and servicing transmissions 
  • steering 
  • brakes
  • fuel injection systems
  • hydraulics and batteries
  • troubleshooting basic faults and
  • workplace safety and health

Learn in our specialised campuses!

Our campuses provides students with a hands-on learning environment that feature industry-standard equipment, advanced technology and specialised workshop areas.
 

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM40105-WT42 WT42 Engineering (Welding)
Half price
Certificate IV Part Time
Naval Base
Rockingham
z, welding, metals, engineering, welder

This is a training program that leads to the completion of the Metals and Engineering Training Package MEM05 qualification MEM40105. This qualification is designed to reflect the role of team leaders and supervisors in the industry sector.
  

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2021 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee), capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM31112 W992 Engineering - Composites Trade
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Naval Base
engineering, composites, trades, W992, metals, manufacturing, tradesperson, TAFE03, Q000000, Building and Construction, Q000003, General Construction, U000000, U000001, MEM31112, D000000, P000015, p000017, apprenticeship

Kick start your composites trade career!

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required by a tradesperson working with composites within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries, or other industries where composites tradespersons work. People with this qualification may work in a large manufacturing organisation, a smaller workshop, a repair facility, a defence or a government facility. The composites tradesperson may work in a composites manufacturing or repair organisation, or they may work in an aerospace, civil construction, general manufacturing, marine, vehicle or other organisation as a composites specialist.

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.
  

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2021 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee), capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM30305-WT76 WT76 Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy Yg)
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Naval Base
Thornlie
metal, fabrication, engineering, casting, moulding, wt76, mem30305, defence, Metal Fabrication, apprenticeship

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.
       

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM30305-WT77 WT77 Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH)
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Naval Base
Thornlie
metal, fabrication, engineering, casting, moulding, wt77, mem30305, Defence, Metal Fabrication, forging, welding, arc, apprenticeship

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 defence, mining, engineering 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.

MEM30305-WT78 WT78 Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Light Yc)
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Thornlie
metal, fabrication, engineering, sheet metal, sheetmetal, light, wt78, mem30305, Building and Construction, Metal Fabrication, apprenticeship

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 & power tools 
  • Sheet and plate assembly 
  • Thermal cutting, Tungsten arc welding, Silver soldering & Gas Metal Arc Welding 
  • Sketching and drawing interpretation  
  • Problem solving, error detection and correction
  • Advanced fabrication and job presentation skills 

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM30305-AB53 AB53 Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Marine)
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Naval Base

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.

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM30305-WA86 WA86 Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Surface Finishing)
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Carlisle
apprenticeship, MEM30305, WA86, engineering, fabrication, trade, surface finishing, defence,

Gain options to work in the surface preparation and coating industry in areas such as oil and gas, marine, plant construction and maintenance, defence and site maintenance.

This qualification covers surface preparation, including blasting and high pressure jetting, protective coating applications, welding and surface testing.

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM30205-AB54 AB54 Engineering - Mechanical Trade (First Class Machinist)
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Rockingham
machine, machinist, first class, mechanical, engineering, maintenance, power station, plant, equipment, assembly, manufacturing, CNC, boring,

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

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM30205-WT83 WT83 Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Fitter and Machinist ZB)
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Rockingham
metal, fabrication, engineering, fitting, machining, fitter, machinist, wt83, mem30205, Engineering and Mining, apprenticeship

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.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to make machines, parts, and tools, work with pumps and hydraulics, using workshop machines, hand and power tools, mills and lathes, arc welding, measuring, technical drawing, and workplace health and safety.

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM30205-AB63 AB63 Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Marine Fitter)
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Rockingham
apprenticeship, engineering, mechanical, fitter, marine, MEM30205, AB63

Like boats and hands on work?

Marine fitters assemble and maintain the structural and mechanical parts of boats, ships and even submarines.  They may be based on board, but most are port based.

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM30205-WT86 WT86 Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Mechanical Fitter ZA)
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Rockingham
U000000, U000003, metal, fabrication, engineering, fitting, machining, fitter, machinist, wt86, mem30205, TAFE13, U000000, Engineering and Mining, Process Plant Operations/Technology, D000000, D000001, p000017, apprenticeship

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 defence, mining, engineering, automotive or hydraulics.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to work with pumps and hydraulics, pneumatic systems, mechanical drives and transmissions, using workshop machines, hand and power tools, arc welding, thermal cutting, measuring, technical drawing, and workplace health and safety.

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

MEM30705 W242 Marine Craft Construction
Half price
Certificate III Apprenticeship
Part Time
Naval Base
Apprenticeship, engineering, ship building, ship builder, W242, MEM30705, boat

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 superyachts to kayaks.  
  

Lower fees, local skillsThis 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 January 2021 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee), capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

S0017P S0017P Welding Introduction
Short Course Part Time
Thornlie
Metal, Metals, Arc, Gas, Mig, welding, hobby,  ZZ000000, U000000, U000002, Q000000, Q000012, w4204, TAFE13, smt0131, S0017P, Q000012, Q000003, O000001

The Welding Introduction course is for candidates who have never welded before and provides an opportunity for candidates to try a range of welding processes over a five week course.

In this introduction to welding course you will have access to gas metal and arc welding (GMAW), manual metal arc welding (MMAW) and oxy welding in a fully equipped workshop.

This course will provide you with practical skills that will allow you to complete basic welding and gas cutting tasks, including training in the safe use of a variety of welding processes and workshop procedures.

This course is not formally assessed. A certificate of participation will be provided on completion.

No previous experience required.

You’re welcome to bring your own projects, and discuss their suitability with the lecturer.

You are required to wear personal protective clothing at all times which includes steel capped safety boots, clear safety glasses, long pants and cotton drill shirt.

 

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