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SM TAFE offers a number of vocational education training-based (VET) courses in the STEM field.  These courses are practical and relevant, collaborative and creative.  We are closely aligned to the needs of industry and the rapidly changing world around us.  We are in the midst of an exciting surge in STEM industries, providing economic growth and unprecedented job opportunities.  A career in a STEM field is interesting, challenging, in-demand and well paid. STEM courses at SM TAFE are a pathway to meaningful employment, or a bridge to university.  Ultimately, it’s a strategic move that keeps you ahead of the robots and sets you up for a successful future. 

What is STEM?

STEM education focuses on the integrated learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.  Rather than teach these subjects separately, STEM is an education based on authentic, real-world concepts.



Information Technology is a diverse and fast growing industry that combines strong maths skills with creative thinking and problem solving skills. Students can choose from a variety of different training areas which include: programming, network and security, electronics, screen media, web design, gaming and software development.

Engineering is the branch of science and technology concerned with the design,
construction and use of engines, machines and structures. A multi-disciplinary study area,
students can choose to specialise in civil, electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering
streams. SM TAFE’s mining studies provide hands-on experience for students in all
aspects of process plant operations and surface extraction. A diverse range of engineering
and mining qualifications are offered at SM TAFE’s Australian Centre for Energy and
Process Training (ACEPT) - a world-class facility and recognised leader in specialised
resources training.


Defence and Trades

Both industries have a strong association and comprise roles including mechanical fitters, heavy fabricators, marine fabricators, (auto) electricians and engineering trades. These trades all require a strong understanding of maths science, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge to generate an engineering solution, including testing and diagnostics. Higher level qualifications in welding, fluid power and other engineering areas require a strong understanding of technical design and engineering management.



The aviation industry is heavily dependent on science, technology and engineering working to keep aircraft in the air. Pilots require a very good understanding of maths and science in order to ensure their loads are safe and to understand the principles behind navigation. Aircraft Maintainers require a very good understanding of maths and science in order to ensure their loads are safe and to understand the principles behind navigation. Aviation management and logistics are both dependent on a solid understanding of maths and technology in order to keep up with the pace of change in their industry.

Science and Environment

Courses in this area combine technical skills with practical knowledge. This could be at our veterinary clinic, sampling and testing in a real-life laboratory and conducting environmental monitoring. Our green science courses including turf management, horticulture and conservation and land management are involved in sustainability research projects encouraging biological diversity and reduced water usuage.


Maritime Industry

Controlling ship's navigation and satellite communications require skills in marine electronics, electrical and mechanical engineering. The maritime industry also utilises hi-spec innovations in Automation and ICT for controlling ships, machinery and sophisticated systems. Geospatial science is necessary for terrestrial, celestial and global navigation. Marine biosciences are used in aquaculture systems and advanced mathematics used for cargo and stability calculations. Our Maritime Training Centre is ideally located in the heart of Fremantle's shipping precinct and provides world-class professional training in qualifications for the maritime industry.


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Page last updated September 04, 2017