Interested in Engineering?

Course Pathways

Courses are designed to continue to higher levels depending on the goals of the student.

Most Engineering students aim for the Diploma MEM50212.

Cert 3 then Diploma

It is recommended to begin with the Cert 3 (1 year part-time) which is exactly the first half of the Diploma. The reasons are:

  • You get two qualifications in the end
  • You have a half-way point to decide if you are able to keep going.
  • It is actually a little bit cheaper (provided to complete the Cert 3 before enrolling into Diploma)
Diploma without Cert 3

Reasons for opting to do the Diploma from the start: (Skip the Cert 3)

  • You want to use the loan scheme to pay for the whole course. (not available for the Cert 3)
  • You want to fast track the course and do any unit that you can fit into a timetable. (Faster than 2 years part-time)
  • Your employer is paying for it - so keep it simple or down to a single course.

MEM30505 Cert 3 Engineering

MEM30505 Cert3 Engineering (Technical)

  • 10 units (subjects)
  • 1 year part-time study (2 nights per week)
  • Two streams - Mechanical Engineering or CAD/Drafting
  • Enrol Mechanical Engineering here: No longer available
    (Note: Full-time enrolment also accepts part-time or night students)
    Next enrolment is for Semester 1 of 2021.
  • Engineering Timetable here: (First year are the blue classes)
  • Engineering Online Classes (TEAMS) sessions here:
    (See previous online lectures in the table at the bottom of the page)
  • CONTACT: Tim Lovett:
Cert 3: 10 Units

MEM30007A Select common engineering materials
MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in manufacturing engineering
+ MEM12024A Perform computations
MEM30005A Calculate force systems within simple beam structures
MEM30006A Calculate stresses in simple structures
MEM30031A Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system
MEM30033A Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models

MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
+ MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
+ MEM16008A Interact with computing technology




1. What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering targets the manufacturing industry. See a full definition from Engineers Australia

What Mechanical Engineers do: Design, development, research, evaluation, manufacture, installation, testing, operation, maintenance and management. 

What they work with: Machines, mechanical and mechatronic systems, automated systems and robotic devices, thermodynamic and combustion systems, fluid and thermal energy systems, materials and manufacturing equipment and process plant, and materials handling systems. 

Which fields are included: This is applied to manufacturing, land, sea and air transportation, electricity generation, mining, minerals and metals processing, food, agricultural and forest products processing, thermal and environmental control systems in buildings and industry, refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

2. I want Advanced Diploma MEM60112, but why am I being advised to do the Diploma MEM50212?

The Diploma is the first half of the Advanced Diploma, so both courses are exactly the same at first. All students start in the same diploma course (MEM50212), which has several advantages: 

  • It saves you money. (diploma is cheaper)
  • It gives you 2 awards at the end (both diploma and advanced diploma).   
  • It gives you the option to pull out once the diploma is completed (if circumstances change etc).

3. What is the difference between the Diploma and the Advanced Diploma? 

The Diploma covers all the basics of Mechanical Engineering - the maths, physics, materials, control, programming etc. This is where the "drill" happens - lots of assignments, lots of tests, working through textbooks. There is no easy way round this, you just have to do it.  This is where Tester come in - online practice tests, website resources and a growing list of video lectures - to make the drill as painless as possible. Instant feedback means students know exactly where they up to are at all times. 

The Advanced Diploma is where the real engineering begins - design, analysis, real-life mechatronics projects. Students with a solid diploma (MEM50212) have done all the groundwork - they know the fundamentals of force and stress, they can build CAD models, they can program controllers. Now they step straight into computer-based stress analysis and other engineering design tools. These higher subjects are usually more flexible, and some can be adapted to a projects at work, or hobbies with an engineering bent. Many students have gained jobs or promotions due to the portfolio effect of their Mechatronics Projects. (It always helps when you can show someone the photos of the computer controlled machine you built.) No more toy robots here folks ;-) 

4. Can I choose my own subjects?
Yes, but you will need to do some organising yourself. We run a selection of subjects but do not have the resources or numbers to run every subject in the entire course.
There are several ways you could do a subject outside our normal selection:

1. In class: Ask the teacher, they might be willing to run it if it is similar to another one of their subjects.
2. Through you work: If what you do at work covers most competencies in a subject, the teacher may agree to assess you and/or give you a project task to complete the competencies.
3. By "yourself". You might consider tackling the subject if you have the necessary resources and skills.
4. Elsewhere: At another TAFE college (no additional cost), or through OTEN (extra $).

5. What is the difference between TAFE and school?

At TAFE, you do not pass by attending, you pass by passing every single subject. In most subjects you must pass EVERY assessment. Even if you passed almost every subject and then found you were short by 1 unit (subject), you cannot get your Diploma. This is why we usually over-enrol slightly, just in case you fail 1 subject. (Especially in Full-time course). You must be very careful to comply with the subject tally otherwise you might end up paying extra for units that do not count.

6. What is P/T and F/T?

P/T = "Part-time" = night classes, which usuallu means 2 nights per week in 1st year (10 hours/week, coloured blue on timetable). At this rate, the Diploma should take 2 years.

F/T = "Full-time" = day classes, which for a non-working student, which means doing the course at double speed by attending Mon, Wed, Thurs days. (20 hours/week) For students on government assistance, 20 hrs/wk is considered the minimum for a Full-Time student. At this rate the Diploma should take 1 year, assuming the student has adequate foundation skills in Mathematics and Science, and keeps up with the workload. (One year is quick for a diploma, so you have to stay committed)

Then there is the hybrid student… Someone who takes a full day of the F/T timetable, mixed with an evening of the P/T timetable. This means they speed up the P/T rate, but not normally double except where they can get exemptions etc. We usually get a couple of students each year in this situation where they can get 1 day off (from their job) each week.

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