Get hands-on experience that leads to a wide-range of fabrication work with the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade. Designed for apprentices, training includes both on and off-the-job training in steel erection, sheet metal work and welding. 

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
Course currently in transition

The course code, title, units, and content may change. Further information will become available on our website, upon enrolment or during your studies.

Midyear applications are now open.

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Fabrication work
  • Structural steel erection
  • Sheet metal work
  • Welding

Your career opportunities

  • Boiler maker
  • Structural fabrication
  • Mining
  • Sheet Metal worker

Location options


Year 10 pass preferable and engaged as an apprentice.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

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Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

The qualification has been specifically developed to meet the needs of apprentices in the metal fabrication trade. The qualification packaging has been designed so that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies through a formal apprenticeship.

The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range of fabrication work, including undertaking metal fabrication, structural steel erection, sheet metal work and welding

Core units
Elective units
Certificate III
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 960

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Organise and communicate information
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Undertake manual handling
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Perform computations
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Perform engineering measurements
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Interpret technical drawing
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Interact with computing technology
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Plan work activities
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Use hand tools
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Use power tools/hand held operations
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Elective units
Perform routine manual metal arc welding
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Carry out mechanical cutting
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Perform routine gas metal arc welding
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Select welding processes
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Apply safe welding practices
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Weld using manual metal arc welding process
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Weld using gas metal arc welding process
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Perform geometric development
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Perform automated thermal cutting
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
Elective unit, 80.0 credit points
Assemble fabricated components
Elective unit, 80.0 credit points
Perform advanced welding using gas tungsten arc welding process
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Elective units
Perform emergency first aid
Elective unit, 10.0 credit points

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Yearly fee* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

Learn more about Skills first government subsidies

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

Find out more about fees

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.
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Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

Learn more about concession rates


Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

Learn more about scholarships

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply for apprenticeship or traineeship

Before enrolling in one of our courses, you’ll need to find an employer willing to offer you an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Your employer will need to register you through an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) by calling 1800 639 629 or going to the Australian Apprenticeship Centre website.

If you need help with your CV, or finding the right employer, our team is here to help. You can contact them at the Swinburne Skills & Jobs Centre.

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