MEM40119Certificate IV in Engineering


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Course Description

This qualification defines the skills and knowledge required for a higher engineering tradesperson within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries.

The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range of engineering work undertaken in the fields of refrigeration and air conditioning, casting and moulding, computer numerically controlled (CNC) programming, fluid power, heavy fabrication, instrumentation, maintenance, plant mechanics, marine electronics, mechatronics, patternmaking, robotics, toolmaking, welding and watch and clock services and repair, including post-trade work.

It provides the skills and knowledge for a person to understand and implement quality control techniques, exercise good interpersonal and communications skills, work from complex instructions and procedures, exercise discretion within the scope of responsibility, perform work under limited supervision either individually or in a team environment, be responsible for assuring the quality of their own work, provide trade guidance and assistance as part of a work team, perform non-trade tasks which are incidental or peripheral to the primary tasks and facilitate the completion of the whole task, inspect products and/or materials for conformity with established operational standards, operate lifting equipment incidental to their work and assists in the provision of training in conjunction with supervisors and trainers.

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. While there is no qualification entry requirement, it is assumed that the learner is either already a tradesperson with access to structured on and off-the-job training or is an apprentice under an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement. It should not be used as a pre-employment or pre-apprenticeship program. It is specifically designed to cover the skills and knowledge required of workers employed as Engineering/Manufacturing Tradesperson – Special Class Level II as defined in the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, in some jurisdictions units in this qualification may require a license. Licensing information is included in the relevant units of competency

Training Pathway

Students who successfully complete this course may progress onto the MEM50119 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade or another related engineering course at Diploma level.

Employment Pathway

Successful completion of this qualification may provide career opportunities as higher engineering tradesperson within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries. Completing this course does not guarantee a graduate will secure a relevant job.


Upon successful completion of the 32 units of competency in this course, students will be issued a MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering certificate and a Record of results. If a student successfully completes some but not all of the units of competency in the course, they will be issued a Statement of attainment indicating the units they have successfully completed.

Course Structure

Students are required to complete a value of 132 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

  • core units of competency listed below (totalling 33 points)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 12 points from Group A
  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 87 points from Group B to bring the total value to 132 points.

Core Unit
Unit Name
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024 Perform computations
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM14006 Plan work activities
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM18001 Use hand tools
MEM18002 Use power tools/handheld operations
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Unit
Unit Name
MEM16001 Give formal presentations and take part in meetings
MEM16012 Interpret technical specifications and manuals
MEM16011 Communicate with individuals and small groups
MEM16014 Report technical information
MEM16010 Write reports
MEM05052 Apply safe welding practices
MEM05085 Select welding processes
MEM11016 Order materials
MEM05004 Perform routine oxy fuel gas welding
MEM05006 Perform brazing and/or silver soldering
MEM03003 Perform sheet and plate assembly
MEM05005 Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM05012 Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05050 Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05007 Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05049 Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05013 Perform manual production welding
MEM12007 Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
MEM05037 Perform geometric development
MEM12006 Mark off/out (general engineering)
MEM07005 Perform general machining
MEM05090 Weld using manual metal arc welding process
MEM05089 Assemble fabricated components
MEM13019 Undertake work health and safety activities in the workplace
MEM05091 Weld using gas metal arc welding process
MEM05014 Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications
MEM05092 Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
MEM05094 Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications
MEM05010 Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods used include knowledge questions, reports, research activities and practical demonstrations/ observations. Methods also include simulated workplace environments whereby workplace environments and conditions are simulated and student student’s complete tasks to workplace standards.

Delivery Methods

The course is delivered via face-to-face training and independent study. The following techniques are employed during face-to-face delivery depending on the subject matter: trainer demonstrations, power point presentations, individual tasks, research, role plays, practical demonstrations and group work. The context of the simulated workplace environment will be incorporated into delivery methodologies and students’ complete tasks to workplace standards.

Students also undertake independent study and assessment activities in addition to scheduled classes. Examples of activities include undertaking homework set by trainers, research, reading, practicing applying knowledge and skills learnt in class, and preparing for and undertaking out of class assessment tasks.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Recognition of Prior Learning is the process of formal recognition for skills and knowledge gained through previous learning. You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for part or all of your intended course, based on your previous experiences and learning.

You may be eligible for a credit transfer if you have previously undertaken training through an Australian Registered Training Organisation. Students who have successfully completed whole units of competency with an Australian Registered Training Organisation that are identical to any of those contained within this course can apply for Credit Transfer.

Entry requirements

Students must be over 18 years of age at the time of course commencement. Students must secure an appropriate visa that allows them to study in an Australian Registered Training organisation prior to course commencement.


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Academic entry requirements

To gain entry to this course, students must have successfully completed Diploma or Advanced Diploma in their home country or in Australia.

English Language entry requirements

Applicants for this qualification must have a minimum English language proficiency of IELTS 6.0 (overall band) with not less than 5.5 in any individual component or an equivalent exam result recognised by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. Applicants can also arrange to undertake an English language test with the Institute.

Resource entry requirements

Students must supply their own laptop with Microsoft Office software e.g. Office 365 Personal that includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Publisher. Institute will confirm the software requirements with each student pre-enrolment.

Pre Training Review

To ensure applicants are placed in a suitable course with an appropriate training and assessment strategy, we review applicants existing knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications. You will be asked to complete this Pre Training Review form during the enrolment process by providing details of your existing knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications that are relevant to the course being applied for. Gippsland Institute of Technology will then review this information and respond to you with the outcome of the review.

Training Pathway

Students who successfully complete this course may progress onto a Bachelor of Leadership or Management or a Graduate Diploma in Management.

Employment Pathway

Successful completion of this qualification may provide access to roles that require individuals to apply specialised knowledge and skills, together with experience in leadership and management, across a range of enterprise and industry contexts. Roles will have accountability for personal and team outcomes within broad parameters.

Course Duration

This course if offered full time over 93 weeks including holidays on a full-time basis. This includes 77 weeks of term time and total 16 holiday weeks. Holiday periods includes 6 two-week term breaks and 2 two weeks Christmas breaks are also included in the course duration where relevant. if course duration includes one Christmas break, then term one and term two will have Three weeks holiday breaks. During term time students attend scheduled face to face classes for 16 hours per week. Students will be required to undertake additional independent study for 10 hours per week.

A two-week Christmas holiday break is also included in the course duration. During term time students attend scheduled face to face classes for 16 hours per week. Face to face classes are scheduled during the day or night or mixture of both. Day time classes are 8 hours and night classes are 4 hours in duration. Day classes operate from 8.30am to 5.30pm and night classes 6.00 to 10.00pm.

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