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Engineering and Mining

Engineering is the branch of science and technology connected with the design, building and use of engines, machines and structures. It covers diverse career paths including fitters, machinists, boilermakers, sheet metal workers, and refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics.

Mining is one of Western Australia’s biggest industries and offers a wide variety of career opportunities. Study pathways in mining can lead you into a career working as an operator or manager on sites such as quarries, underground or open cut metalliferous mines in a range of specialised fields.

Due to our campus locations mining training is a key area of specialisation for our TAFE. We aim to ensure our training programs are flexible to suit the needs of industry and we are one of the only training providers in Australia to deliver an Advanced Diploma of Metalliferous Mining. This qualification reflects the role of open cut or underground Metalliferous Mine Managers who perform tasks that are strategic, broad and complex. It can also lead to further industry qualifications such as a Quarry Manager Certificate and Underground Supervisor Certificate.


National ID State ID Title Qualification level Campus
MEM20105 W233 Engineering Certificate II Northam Campus
TAFE18, U000000, Engineering and Mining, U000002, Fabrication, Welding, Machining, Fabrications, Pre-Apprenticeship

Lay the foundation for a career in Engineering.

A Certificate II in Engineering will provide you with practical skills and knowledge in a range of metals and engineering industry areas.

You will also learn about safety in the workplace, computing and maths. You will practice the skills you have learned in a workshop environment. This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required of workers employed as Engineering/Manufacturing Employees - Level III as defined in the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award or in related industries where Engineering/ Manufacturing Employees work.

The qualification has been specifically developed to reflect the minimum training requirement specified in the Award for employment in the above occupation. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal traineeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

This course is an excellent opportunity to experience an insight into a future qualification as a Plant Mechanic. Units completed may assist you in gaining employment as an apprentice.

You will gain skills in:

  • Using tools
  • Measuring and calculating
  • Technical drawing and drafting
  • Load shifting
  • Thermal cutting
  • Using forging and casting equipment and
  • Welding.
MEM40105 W245 Engineering Certificate IV Kalgoorlie Campus
TAFE18, U000000, Engineering and Mining, U000001, Engineering

Are you already working in the engineering industry and looking to further develop your skills?

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 delivered through a formal apprenticeship.

The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

You will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • Design
  • Assembly
  • Installation
  • Modification
  • Manufacturing
  • Testing and maintenance.
Our Focus on Flexible Options

Many of our courses offer flexible learning options that provide you with the opportunity to study whenever and wherever suits you.  Flexible options can include online learning, workplace assessment, recognition of prior learning and correspondence type programs that can sometimes be supplemented by block or focussed delivery.

We strive to offer a mix of flexible options that suit your needs.  Typically flexible learning options are open for enrolment all year round, allowing you to start any time and completed within 6 months of your start date.  Choose the right amount of units for you to study at any given time. 

Our Self Paced External courses can be accessed anywhere and anytime, regardless of your geographical location! 

MEM20105-AA50 AA50 Engineering (Heavy Fabrication Pre-Apprenticeship) Certificate II Geraldton Campus
Engineering, Heavy Fabrication, Pre-Apprenticeship, MEM20105-AA50, AA50

Are you looking for a career making heavy metal objects?

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.

MEM40105-WT46 WT46 Engineering (Instrumentation) Certificate IV Kalgoorlie Campus

Are you already working in the engineering industry and looking to further develop your skills?

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:

  • design
  • assembly
  • installation
  • modification
  • manufacturing
  • testing and maintenance.
KAB10 Enter and Work in Confined Spaces Skill set Geraldton Campus
MINING, CONFINED SPACE, small spaces, mining entry, tickets

This program is linked to the Unit of Competence RIIWHS202D Enter and Work in Confined Spaces.  This is a nationally recognised unit of competency and upon successful completion you will receive a Statement of Attainment.

Our program covers the entering and working in confined spaces in resources and infrastructure industries.  It includes planning and preparing for entry of confined spaces, entry and working in confined spaces, exiting confined spaces and cleaning up.

This program is appropriate for those working in confined spaces (enclosed or partially enclosed) for the purpose of carrying out work or inspections and also is appropriate for those performing sentry or stand-by person roles, at worksites within Civil Construction, Coal Mining, Drilling, Extractive Industries, Metalliferous Mining and General Construction.

Specifically you will learn:

  • site and equipment safety requirements
  • confined space entry and exit procedures, risks and regulations
  • air contaminants and toxic gases
  • breathing apparatus limitations
  • equipment types, characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations
  • site isolation and site control responsibilities and authorities
  • materials safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • project quality requirements
  • industry terminology, and
  • state and territory interpretations of a confined space.

Please also refer to the Student Fact Pack for additional College and support information.

RII60115 AZF7 Metalliferous Mining Advanced Diploma Kalgoorlie Campus
u000000, u000004, Mine manager, Metalliferous Mining

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.

Our Focus on Flexible Options

Many of our courses offer flexible learning options that provide you with the opportunity to study whenever and wherever suits you.  Flexible options can include online learning, workplace assessment, recognition of prior learning and correspondence type programs that can sometimes be supplemented by block or focussed delivery.

We strive to offer a mix of flexible options that suit your needs.  Typically flexible learning options are open for enrolment all year round, allowing you to start any time and complete within 6 months of your start date.  Choose the right amount of units for you to study at any given time. 

Our Self Paced External courses can be accessed anywhere and anytime, regardless of your geographical location! 

RII40515 AZF0 Resource Processing Certificate IV Kalgoorlie Campus
TAFE18, U000000, Engineering and Mining, U000006, Process Plant Operations/Technology, Resource, Processing

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as a supervisor or team leader working in a metal or coal processing facility. They perform tasks involving a broad range of varied activities most of which are complex and non-routine. They are responsible for the quantity and quality of the output of others, contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems and apply safety management plans to the workplace.

Our Focus on Flexible Options

Many of our courses offer flexible learning options that provide you with the opportunity to study whenever and wherever suits you.  Flexible options can include online learning, workplace assessment, recognition of prior learning and correspondence type programs that can sometimes be supplemented by block or focussed delivery.

We strive to offer a mix of flexible options that suit your needs.  Typically flexible learning options are open for enrolment all year round, allowing you to start any time and complete within 6 months of your start date.  Choose the right amount of units for you to study at any given time. 

Our Self Paced External courses can be accessed anywhere and anytime, regardless of your geographical location! 

RII30415 AZF3 Resource Processing Certificate III Kalgoorlie Campus

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.

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