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MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade

Course Outline

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MEM30305-EngineeringThis qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson – Fabrication within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or other industries where Engineering Tradespersons – Fabrication work. The qualification has been specifically developed to meet the needs of apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

See Skills Recognition section below for details about formal skills recognition.

Additional Qualification Descriptors

Additional descriptors are added to this qualification to illustrate a particular skill focus or trade discipline. They reflect the nature of the choice of units of competency undertaken in this qualification. NAM Training offers qualifications for the following trade disciplines: Heavy Fabrication; Light Fabrication; Surface Finishing; Welding. Also see the section ‘Examples of Fabrication Trade Stream and Trade Specialisation UoCs for various industries’ below to see how the qualification suits different job roles.

Target Groups

  • Operators
  • Leading hands

The key clients for this qualification are primarily existing employees. Some new entrants to the industry may also be enrolled. Several options have been designed to cater for the relevant groups. Where required, various entry points will be identified for different students.

Prior Qualifications

No prior qualifications are required for entry in to this course

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Students require language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the descriptions below.

Reading Writing Mathematics Oral Communication
Read and interpret texts that have several ideas which are non-routine, but simple. For example, read workplace newsletters or read an agenda for a meeting Produce and sequence several paragraphs to make meaning. For example, fill in an accident report form or write a set of procedures for a new work task for personal reference Use operations and % and fractions to solve problems. For example, calculate and compare costs of similar items/services from two sources or measure items for work tasks using formal units (millilitres of hair dye, grams of flour etc) Participate in oral exchanges where listener/speaker is required to vary and/or understand concepts which are simple, but non-routine. For example, provide instructions for a new worker on how to perform a simple workplace task. Or listen to, and respond to a routine customer complaint

The programme is a flexible delivery programme, delivered to suit the requirements of the student.

Apprentices may take 6-48 months (according to apprenticeship requirements) to complete the curriculum. RPL for Trade students may complete the course in a lesser time subject to meeting eligibility criteria. The standard enrolment term for a novice is 36 months.

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) are offered to all students.

Credit Transfer in this instance means recognition of previously completed formal training in identical or equivalent UoCs (units of competency) to those that are included in the MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade. A copy of your certificate or statement of attainment that lists the relevant UoCs is required for Credit Transfer (CT) options to be evaluated.

RPL is a way of using your existing skills and knowledge to get a formal qualification. It considers qualifications and documentary evidence you already have in your portfolio.  Even without documentary evidence, where you believe you have most or all of the required knowledge and skills for the qualification you seek recognition for, you may apply for RPL.  Once your full application is evaluated, and following NAM Training’s Training Needs Analysis (TNA) interview, you may not need to receive training. You may only require assessment of your current knowledge and skills.

The RPL assessment process is no less rigorous than any other assessment.

The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade are:

  • completion of all 12 Core units of competency (UoCs)

AND

  • a selection of Fabrication Trade Steam and Trade Specialisation UoCs based upon the qualification rules, industry stream, workplace and industry standards and the client’s needs.

The number of Fabrication Trade Steam and Trade Specialisation UoCs varies according to the total weighting (points value) of the selected UoCs. The required number of these UoCs ranges from 20-24.

NAM Training offers a selection of Fabrication Trade Steam and Trade Specialisation UoCs for various industry streams. See examples below.

Core UoCs

MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024A Perform computations
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity
MEM15002A Apply quality systems
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Examples of Fabrication Trade Stream and Trade Specialisation UoCs for various industries

Surface Finishing

Electroplating Powder Coating Industrial Painting / Blasting
MEM08008B Operate and control surface finishing waste treatment process

MEM08003C Perform electroplating operations

MEM08018 Electroplate engineering coatings

MEM08019B Electroplate protective finishes

MEM08016B Control blast coating by products materials and emissions

MEM08012B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)

MEM08013B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (Advanced)

PMBPROD323C Produce powder coated products

MEM08016B Control blast coating by products materials and emissions

MEM08012B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)

MEM08013B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (Advanced)

MEM08004B Finish work using wet, dry and vapour deposition methods

Fabrication

Light Welding
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing

MEM12007 Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes

MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting

MEM05037 Perform geometric development

MEM05051A Select welding processes

MEM05052A Apply safe welding practices

MEM05012C Perform Routine Manual Metal Arc Welding

MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding

Apprenticeship Contract

This programme is delivered entirely on-the-job at the apprentice’s workplace in paid work hours. The delivery will occur in employer provided venues.

Delivery strategies and the training programme sequence are based upon the experience levels of apprentices and/or employer instructions. UoC selection within Learning and Assessment Plans will reflect both workplace and industry standards.

Training delivery will consist of a combination of a face to face approach, of one-to-one and groups of apprentices, dependent upon apprentices’ needs and the availability of on-site facilities.

The trainer will negotiate the training and assessment arrangements in direct consultation with enterprise representatives who are responsible for current work skills training within the organisation as well as site management officials where relevant.

Where applicable, UoCs that are pre-requisites for other UoCs will be trained and assessed first or where required, as combined UoCs to suit individual worksite requirements.

Volume of Learning

The following information relates to a novice and may vary in accordance with the existing knowledge and skills of the apprentice:

  • 30 classroom sessions of 4 hours covering the theory component of the programme, totalling 120 hours over the apprenticeship contract
  • 30 workshop demonstration sessions of 4 hours covering the skills component of the programme, totalling 120 hours over the apprenticeship contract
  • Minimum of 60 supervised work based activities of on average of 4 hours each, totalling 240 hours over the apprenticeship contract
  • An average of 180 hours of reading and research is required over the apprenticeship contract
  • An average of 180 hours of associated consultation and post assessment validation over the apprenticeship contract

This totals an average of 840 hours over the apprenticeship contract.

RPL for Trade

A full RPL pathway may be undertaken without a Training Contract subject to a student meeting NAM Training’s eligibly criteria. Access to a relevant workplace operation and equipment may also be required.

RPL

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) strategies may include credit transfer, evaluation of work samples, oral questioning, observation, evaluation of resume and third party report/s.

Assessment Only

Assessment only strategies may include credit transfer, work samples, written assessment, oral questioning, observation, and third party reports.

Assessment Modes

Assessment modes will be flexible to suit the needs of the student and employer. Assessment tools will consist of a combination of Knowledge Based Tests (KBT), Oral Questioning (OQ), Observation of Skills (Obs), Third Party Report (TPR), Portfolio (PF), Project (P) and Role Play (RP).

The following gives an overview of course fees. Full details and refund information are provided to Employers in the Funding Schedule document or to private candidates by email or hard copy.

State Government Funded Course Fees

logo-future-skillsApprentices and private RPL for Trade students without a Training Contract may be eligible for funding through Future Skills WA. This funding significantly reduces training costs.

Funding is subject to availability.

Funding eligibility is determined by the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) when Training Contracts are negotiated for apprentices or by NAM Training for private RPL for Trade students without a Training Contract.

Course Fees are payable by under this arrangement and are usually charged to the employer when UoCs are commenced. Course Fees are charged in accordance with the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development (WADTWD) Vocational Education and Training (VET) Fees Policy for the current calendar year.

Course Fees are also called Tuition Fees in WA Department of Training and Workforce Development (WADTWD) publications.  The following information has been included here to meet WADTWD policy: ‘The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees’.

Course Fees are calculated according to the nominal hours of the Units of Competency in the enrolment, the year in which each Unit is started and the rate per nominal hour stipulated in the WADTWD VET Fees and Charges Policy for the relevant calendar year. Each new calendar year Course Fees increase in keeping with WADTWD Vocational Education and Training (VET) Fees Policy for the current calendar year.

Any UoCs that are not started in one year attract fees according to the subsequent year in which they are started where applicable.  The nominal hours of a Qualification is the sum of the nominal hours of all of the UoCs that make up the Qualification.  Slight variations occur according to the mix of UoCs selected in the Qualification.

Full training and assessment pathway

Following registration for non-RPL enrolments, a $200 Resource Fee will be invoiced. This covers the costs of the workbooks for the course.

Subsequent invoices will be issued for Course Fees upon commencement of one or more UoCs for each student as applicable.  A statement will be issued on a monthly basis.

As an example, this Qualification has an average total of 864 nominal hours, therefore Course Fees if all UoCs were started and finished inside one year in 2017 would be calculated as follows: 864 x $3.25 = $2808.00.  A one year enrolment however would be uncommon and would usually involve some RPL, thereby attracting an RPL discount on the fees for the applicable UoCs.

NAM Training’s standard enrolment term for a novice is 3 years; therefore most commonly the fees would be spread over this term.

Part RPL/part training and assessment

If a student requests RPL on his/her Training Registration Form, a $200 RPL Registration Fee will apply.

A 50% concession off ‘Full training and assessment pathway fees’ will apply to any UoCs achieved via Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).  However, if the student withdraws before the RPL assessment is completed, an additional ’Incomplete RPL Fee’ fee applies.

Full RPL pathway for RPL for Trade applicants without a Training Contract

A fourteen (14) day invoice for the RPL Registration Fee of $200 per candidate will be issued following registration with NAM Training.

Following confirmation of full RPL suitability via the completed Training Needs Analysis (TNA) interview, the remaining fees of $1500 are charged.

Privately funded course fees

Full training and assessment pathway

The total charge for MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade is $8337.50.  A Registration Fee applies at $200 per candidate.

Remaining fees are charged as UoCs are commenced.

Fees are calculated pro rata according to the number of Units of Competency in the enrolment. For example, if there are 35 UoCs in the qualification, each UoC will be charged at $8337.50, less the $200 Registration Fee divided by 35 which equates to $232.50 each.

Part RPL/part training and assessment

An RPL Registration Fee applies at $200 per candidate.

Where a student completes the Qualification via part Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), and  part training and assessment, a 25% RPL discount will apply to fees for any UoCs achieved via RPL.

Following the RPL Registration Fee, remaining fees are charged as UoCs are commenced at the rate applicable to the nominated pathway for each UoC, that is either full training and assessment rate, or the 25% RPL discounted rate.

Full RPL pathway

Where NAM Training’s Training Needs Analysis (TNA) process determines that a full Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) pathway is appropriate, the term of the qualification will be reduced to between three and thirteen months, depending on scheduling arrangements and any Training Contracts in place between the student, employer and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN).

Once a full RPL pathway has been established, the total price of the qualification will be discounted by 50% to $4169.

Under full RPL pathways, assessment will commence on all of the UoCs in the qualification at the same time.

Fees apply as follows:

Invoice 1: (On Registration) Incorporates RPL Registration Fee of $200 per student, and $1300 RPL Commencement Fee

Invoice 2: (Mid process) RPL Balance of Fees of $2669

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