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MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering
Mechanical Trade (Machining)

Machinists use machine tools such as lathes, milling machines and grinders to produce precision metal parts. This type of work uses a mixture of manual and computerised technology to create, maintain and repair machined parts. As an apprentice machinist, the majority of learning is hands-on and practical, within an industry that changes alongside advances in technology.

Blue Dog Training’s MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Machining) 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.

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.
Requirements You must be signed into an apprenticeship/traineeship contract with an employer.
Locations This course is offered in Queensland.
Outcome Nationally Recognised Qualification: MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Machining)

Why Choose Blue Dog

Whether you are looking to put on your first apprentice, add another to your ranks, or require more flexibility and support with your current apprentice's training, Blue Dog can assist.

Blue Dog Training has been training apprentices for over 10 years and works with businesses by creating a seamless process from start to finish. Blue Dog provides unparalleled support with a flexible onsite training model that allows you to choose when employees complete their theory.


Our trainers are trade-qualified with relevant industry experience. They work with the apprentice and employer to develop an individual training plan. Theory is delivered through our online learning platform, and the practical development of on-site skills is documented using our Skills Profiler app.

Flexible training model means no block training ensuring your apprentice will be on the job when you need them most.

A Blue Dog trainer will ensure apprentices are up to date while employers can easily track an apprentice's training progress.

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


Undertake your apprenticeship with Blue Dog's flexible training model to receive unparalleled support from a qualified trainer and remove the need to leave your worksite to receive training.

The Certificate III is Employment-based training. Apprentices must have an employer with a full scope of work and be supervised by a qualified tradesman to begin their Certificate III in Engineering.

The flexible training model means you will be able to complete your theory where and when you like.

No need to spend time and money travelling off-site to complete block training. Learn on the job.

A dedicated trainer will help you throughout your apprenticeship and provide support when you need it.

Upon completion the apprentice will be issued with a nationally recognised MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Machining) qualification that is suitable for the following positions:

  • Turner
  • Machinist
  • 1st Class Machinist

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
MEM07003B Perform machine setting (routine)
MEM07005C Perform general machining
MEM07006C Perform lathe operations
MEM07007C Perform milling operations
MEM07011B Perform complex milling operations
MEM07021B Perform complex lathe operations
MEM07024B Operate and monitor machine/process
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling
MEM11016B Order materials
MEM12003B Perform precision mechanical measurement
MEM12006C Mark off/out (general engineering)
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
MEM18012B Perform installation and removal of mechanical seals
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM05015D Weld using manual metal arc welding process
MEM05017D Weld using gas metal arc welding process
MEM05037C Perform geometric development
MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05051A Select welding processes
MEM05052A Apply safe welding practices


The Queensland government through the User Choice program (which is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training) provides a contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

Apprentices and trainees are usually required to pay a co-contribution fee for the cost of their training and assessment. In some cases, partial of full fee exemptions might apply.

More information on the Queensland Government funding rules, fees and fee concessions – including the Free Apprenticeships for under 21s initiative - is available in the drop down menus below.


To be eligible for the Free Apprenticeships for Under 21s program you must:

  • Be under the age of 21 when commencing the Certificate III in Engineering
  • Permanently reside in Queensland
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency or a New Zealand citizen.
  • Not hold, or be enrolled in a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.


To be eligible for the DESBT User Choice program subsidy/government contribution you must:

  • Permanently reside in Queensland.
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen.
  • Not have already utilised your entitlement under the User Choice program, that is apprentices and trainees, including school-based apprentices and trainees (SATs) can only receive a maximum of two Government funding contributions under the User Choice program.
  • Have entered into a Training Contract for a qualification that is funded by DESBT.

Co-contribution fees apply. Approximately $1600 depending on selected units. 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.

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 apprenticeships or traineeships at the same time.

For more information on the User Choice program, see DESBT's website ( where a selection of fact sheets on User Choice funding limitations and the implications for eligibility to receive User Choice funding of any further training, are available.

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