Engineering and Mining
Want to start or progress your career in one of Western Australia’s biggest industries?
Engineering and mining courses at TAFE can help you get the skills and knowledge you need to excel in the workplace and access more employment possibilities. Many careers in this field offer exciting opportunities to work in different environments, collaborate with others and progress your career into more senior roles.
Plan Your Pathway
Whatever your goals are, we are here to support you along your journey to success. Whether you’re just starting out working towards a career in engineering and mining or are looking to develop your skills and progress your career - we have the training to get you where you want to go.
We offer a broad selection of nationally recognised qualifications up to Advanced Diploma across several different areas in the Engineering and Mining industry.
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Our trade workshops and classrooms feature industry-standard equipment, and our team works closely with industry to ensure that training is current and relevant.
Reasons to study in this industry
- This industry provides all the vital infrastructure we depend on.
- Jobs in engineering and mining are highly valued, well paid and plentiful.
- The industry is broad and flexible, and there are many dynamic career pathways
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Are you interested in how engines, machines and large structures are designed and built? Engineering courses at TAFE offer a path to a rewarding career as a fitter, machinist, boilermaker, sheet metal worker or air conditioning mechanic. At Central Regional TAFE you’ll have access to modern facilities and workshops where you will learn the practical skills to enter the workforce with confidence.
Metal fabricators (boilermakers) and welders build, maintain and repair metal products and structures. If you take a Fabrication Engineering course at TAFE, you will learn the skills and knowledge required to manufacture, assemble and maintain a wide range of equipment and machinery including: mining structures; heavy transport and earth moving equipment; building structures; oil-rigs; agricultural equipment; and storage vessels.
Want to start a career in one of Western Australia’s biggest industries? Gain a nationally recognised qualification through one of the mining courses at TAFE, and open the door to a career working as an operator or manager on mining sites in a range of specialised fields.
At Central Regional TAFE, our campus locations mean mining is one of our key training areas and we deliver first-class industry-relevant training for a range of different mining and engineering specialisations. We are also one of the only training providers to deliver an Advanced Diploma of Metalliferous Mining.
Courses in Resource Processing will help you gain the practical skills and knowledge needed for planning and managing plant shutdowns and systems to prevent incidents and emergencies. You will learn about safety case management, incident response plans, plant documentation and environmental impacts.
Press on in a vast and diverse industry.Gain specialist skills in hydraulic systems including how to safely analyse, inspect, and maintain hydraulic and pneumatic systems, maintain fluid power controls, and monitor equipment condition.
Take your skills to the next level and specialise in fluid power.
This qualification is for existing engineering tradespeople or apprentices who want to study at a higher level and specialise in fluid power.
You will learn about specific fluid power skills including installation and maintenance as well as occupational health and safety, quality procedures and systems and workplace communication.
Your career in heavy metal starts here.Learn to use the latest technological developments in the fabrication and welding trade and learn to operate heavy fabrication equipment in a supportive and safe environment.
Are you looking for a career making heavy metal objects?
Following this pre-apprenticeship program, graduates can continue their studies in a metal fabrication apprenticeship. Metal fabricators and welders work in a diverse trade, applying a broad range of fabrication and welding skills to industries including: mechanical and civil engineering, mining resources sector, heavy haulage and road transport, agriculture machinery, construction, defence, refineries and materials bulk handling. Pre-apprentices are exposed to the latest technological developments in the fabrication and welding trade, including computer controlled metal plate cutting equipment.
Choose your engineering adventure.Developed with tradies and apprentices in mind, this qualification will have you gain the skills and knowledge to delve further into multiple areas of engineering.
Take the next step with your engineering career and develop further skills to set you apart.
This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Mechanical) - Level II, Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Fabrication) - Level II, Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Electrical/Electronic) - Level II within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or at equivalent levels in other industries where Engineering Tradespersons work.
The qualification has been specifically developed to be delivered to people who are existing engineering tradespersons or delivered to apprentices in an Engineering Trade who choose to study at a higher level during their apprenticeship. The qualification packaging has been developed on the assumption that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off the job learning strategies such as those delivering through a formal apprenticeship.
Much of this qualification is available for Recognition of Prior Learning.
You will gain knowledge and skills in:
- testing and maintenance.
Big toys, big career, big head start.Get ahead with this pre-app and learn the skills and knowledge to work safely and effectively in the heavy automotive industry with loaders, bulldozers, dump trucks, haul trucks and more.
Get ready for a career working with big gear.
When you complete the Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical - Plant Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship) you'll have what employers are looking for in a heavy vehicle or plant mechanic apprentice.
You will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the heavy automotive industry, working on loaders, bulldozers, dump trucks and haul trucks, inspecting and servicing transmissions, steering, brakes, fuel injection systems, hydraulics, and batteries, troubleshooting basic faults, and workplace safety and health.
Start your career in the fabrication industry.
When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering -Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH) you’ll be looking at a trades career as a boilermaker, welder, or fabricator in
industries such as mining or construction. You will gain the skills and knowledge to create and work with metal fabrications, using workshop machines, hand and power tools, metal, gas, flux core, tungsten, arc welding, thermal cutting, measuring, technical drawing, and workplace health and safety.
Forge a career in heavy metal fabrication.Our heavy fabrication apprenticeship course will teach you to safely manipulate metal and create objects using a variety of welding techniques, thermal cutting, workshop machines, and hand and power tools.
Secure a career making and fixing all things mechanical.
When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH) you'll be looking at a trades career as a boilermaker, welder, or fabricator in industries such as mining or construction.
You will gain the skills and knowledge to create and work with metal fabrications, using workshop machines, hand and power tools, metal, gas, flux core, tungsten, arc welding, thermal cutting, measuring, technical drawing, and workplace health and safety.
Half price fees apply!
Don't just work it, create it.This qualification will provide you with trade level practical skills and knowledge in fitting and machining, using industry standard technologies and techniques.
Get into a career making and fixing all things mechanical.
When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter and Machinist ZB) you'll be looking at a trades career as a machinist metal, mechanical fitter, metal plater or plant mechanic in industries such as mining, automotive, or hydraulics.
You will gain the skills and knowledge to make machines, parts, and tools, work with pumps and hydraulics, using workshop machines, hand and power tools, mills and lathes, arc welding, measuring, technical drawing, and workplace health and safety.
Half price fees apply!
Maintain the machines that drive the economy.Learn to safely and effectively use a range of tools and engineering techniques in the maintenance and repair of mechanical plant machinery and equipment.
Get into a career making and fixing all things mechanical.
When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter ZA) you'll be looking at a trades career as a machinist metal, mechanical fitter, metal plater or plant mechanic in industries such as mining, automotive, or hydraulics.
You will gain the skills and knowledge to work with pumps and hydraulics, pneumatic systems, mechanical drives and transmissions, using workshop machines, hand and power tools, arc welding, thermal cutting, measuring, technical drawing, and workplace health and safety.
Half price fees apply!
Big rigs, big engines, big career.Gain the skills you need to service and maintain some of the mining and construction industry's most valuable assets, and you'll become one yourself.
Are you looking for a spark to ignite your career?
When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Plant Mechanic ZG/Z) you'll be ready for a career in the heavy plant industry.
You will have the broad range of skills and knowledge to work effectively in the industry, including diagnosing and repairing drivelines, drive assemblies, engines, suspension, brakes, hydraulics, pneumatic systems, steering, wiring and circuits, controlling systems, and workplace safety and health.
Half price fees apply!
Gain exposure to an engineering working environment.
This qualification is suited to students looking to gain entry level employment in the engineering industry. You will gain practical skills and knwoledge to complete basic welding and fabrication tasks. You will learn how to use tools, safety in the workplace, measuring and calculating and welding.
Topic covered include:
- Occupational health and safety in the work place
- Undertake basic engineering projects
- Workshop machines and hand and power tools
- Welding and fabrication equipment
Ride the resources boom.Gain the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively work in mining operations. This course covers blasting, environmental management, risk management, maintenance of plant systems and much more.
Advance to the next level in your mining career.
This qualification reflects the role of open cut or underground metalliferous mine managers who perform tasks that are broad, specialised, complex and technical and include strategic areas and initiating activities. They are required to demonstrate self-directed application of theoretical and technical knowledge and initiate solutions to technical problems or management requirements.
This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle in the resources and infrastructure industries.
Topics covered include:
- Perform simple maintenance and minor repairs
- Recover vehicle
- Use four-wheel drive mode
- Pre-departure checks
- Four-wheel drive terminology
Unearth a fine career in the resources industry.If you want to work in resources, this is a great place to start. Learn about site sampling, testing, OHS, the mining industry and the equipment used in plant processing in this broad course.
This qualification reflects the role of employees such as production operators in a metalliferous processing facility or a coal preparation and treatment plant, who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in varied work context using some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.
A cool career in a hot industry.When you complete this Certificate II in Split Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Systems you'll be what employers are looking for as a split system installer or air conditioner installer.
Get qualified and be a valuable asset to any heating and cooling business.
You will gain the knowledge and skills to install split systems and heat pump systems (maximum plant capacity 18kWr), understand legal obligations, assemble components, pressure and leak test refrigerants, and workplace health and safety.
This course is delivered using a mix of on campus delivery and Recognition of Prior Learning. On campus units are delivered intensively over a 4 day period whilst competency in remaining units is assessed via Recognition of Prior Learning.
Turn your mine site experience into a qualification.Learn workplace safety, communication, planning, environmental concern, rehabilitation of mine sites and more in this varied course.
This qualification reflects the role of employees such as production operators in an open cut mine or quarry, who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.
Your career will be a cut above.Study this course and gain the practical skills and knowledge to lead and supervise operations involved in the extraction of materials in an open cut mining operation.
Lead and supervise open cut mining operations.
This Diploma reflects the role of mine managers in an open cut coal or metalliferous mine or a quarry, who perform tasks involving a high level of autonomy and requiring the application of significant judgement in planning and determining the selection of equipment, roles and techniques for themselves and others. On completion of this course you'll be able to demonstrate a broad range of technical, managerial, coordination and planning skills and implement safety management plans.