Love big machines and vehicles? Become a qualified diesel fitter


Diesel fitters maintain, repair and manufacture metal products and machinery. For an apprentice diesel fitter, the majority of learning is hands-on and practical.

Blue Dog Training’s Certificate III in Engineering: Mechanical Trade – Diesel Fitting (MEM30205) course is self-paced and flexible, with theory that strongly ties in with the practical skills developed in the workplace. Our training is suitable for school-based apprentices, part-time apprentices, full-time apprentices and mature-aged apprentices.

No classroom attendance or large textbooks. Access your theory online during down time and between work projects.

Fully flexible start times and learning experience. Start when you are ready and learn at a pace that suits you.

The apprentice and employer are given a designated trainer for the duration of training to support the learning process.

Outcomes and Further Pathways

Upon completion, the apprentice will be issued a nationally recognised Certificate III in Engineering: Mechanical Trade – Diesel Fitter qualification that is suitable for the following positions:
  • Diesel Fitter
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Plant Fitter
  • Earth Moving Diesel Fitter

Course Details

Attendance On-the-job training. No classrooms or block training. Flexible theory delivery.
Course Duration 4 year contract term and 3.5 years standard expected duration. Existing skills and experience are recognised and training may be fast-tracked, if appropriate.
Entry Requirements Employment-based training. Apprentices must have an employer with a full scope of work and be supervised by a qualified tradesperson before training can commence. Contact one of our trainers for information on necessary supervisor qualifications.
Locations Please note that this course is currently only available in Queensland.

How does it work?

Our trainers are trade-qualified with relevant industry experience. They work with the apprentice and employer to develop an individual training plan. Consideration is given to the apprentice and employer's circumstances, as well as the range of work that will be covered in the workplace.

Theory is delivered through our online learning platform, and the practical development of on-site skills is documented using our Skills Profiler app. Your designated trainer will track your progress, provide support where required and assess your competency throughout the apprenticeship.

Course Units

Core (Mandatory)
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 computer technology
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Electives Maximum 73 points (Note – Prerequisites must be considered)
MEM16005A Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling
MEM11016B Order materials
MEM18001C Use hand tools
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM18003C Use tools for precision work
MEM18006C Repair and fit engineering components
MEM18055B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MEM18005B Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
MEM18007B Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies
MEM18009B Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
MEM18024B Maintain engine cooling systems
MEM18026C Test compression ignition fuel systems
MEM18029B Tune diesel engines
MEM18030B Diagnose and rectify low voltage electrical systems
MEM18032B Maintain induction/exhaust systems
MEM18033B Perform engine bottom-end overhaul
MEM18035B Diagnose and rectify braking systems
MEM18043C Diagnose and rectify automatic transmissions
MEM18044C Diagnose and rectify drive line and final drives
MEM18052B Maintain fluid power systems for mobile plant
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding


In Queensland, apprenticeship training and assessment is funded by the Queensland Government under the User Choice program which is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

Apprentices and trainees can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time, i.e. a student is not funded to undertake two apprenticeship or traineeships at the same time. In addition, apprentices and trainees including school-based apprentices and trainees (SATs), can only receive a maximum of two government funding contributions under the current User Choice program.

More information on the Queensland Government funding rules, fees and fee concessions is available in the Blue Dog Training Student Handbook.

Type Description
Training Fees (All Apprentices) The Training Fees are fully funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training - User Choice Program.
Co-contribution Fees (Costs to Apprentice/Employer for School Leavers) The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training funds all co-contribution fees for apprentices who have completed Year 12 in Queensland in 2013 onwards, AND commence their apprenticeship within the following calendar year after completing Year 12.
Co-contribution Fees (Costs to Apprentice/Employer for School-Based Apprentices) The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training funds all co-contribution fees for School-Based Apprentices.
Co-contribution Fees (Costs to Apprentice/Employer for Other Apprentices) Co-contribution fees apply. Approximately $1600 depending on selected unit. Concessions may apply for eligible learners, reducing the co-contribution fee to approximately $640. Further details can be found in the Blue Dog Training Student Handbook. For more information please call (07) 3166 3999.
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