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 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.
Job roles/employment outcomes
The Certificate IV in Engineering specifies the competencies required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson - Level II in mechanical, electrical/electronic or fabrication trade disciplines. The job role involves application of additional skills in the learner's trade or cross skills from other trades. Job roles may include the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of equipment and machinery, the fabrication of structures and assemblies, manufacture of sheet metal work, as well as use of relevant machinery, equipment and joining techniques. Machinery and equipment can include fluid power systems, stationary and mobile equipment, instruments, refrigeration, and the use of computer controlled machine tools.
Employment outcomes related to this qualification are found in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors as well as Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson - Level II related roles in other industries.
This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson - Level II. Skills development would be undertaken through post-apprenticeship training or as part of an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement where the mix of on and off-the-job training would be specified in the Training Plan associated with the Contract of Training between the employer and apprentice.
Assessment of some units of competency must, where indicated, include evidence of the candidate's performance in a productive work environment where there is a sufficient range of appropriate tasks and materials to cover the scope of application of those units. All outcomes must reflect the standard of performance inherent in the job.
Occupational titles at the enterprise level covered by this qualification may vary and include special class engineering tradesperson - mechanical, fabrication or electrical/electronic, special class mechanical tradesperson, fitter and turner, fitter and machinist, maintenance fitter, diesel fitter, plant mechanic, 1st class machinist, special class metal fabrication tradesperson, boilermaker, sheet metal worker, welder, moulder, foundry tradesperson, patternmaker, or special class electrical fitter, electrical mechanic, electrical fitter/mechanic, electrician, refrigeration mechanic and radio tradesperson
The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate IV in Engineering are:
completion of all core units of competency listed below, and
completion of units from the Group A Specialisation electives listed below to the value of at least 12 points, and
completion of Group B electives listed below to bring the total value to at least 109 points.
Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total (refer to units and prerequisites listing in Appendix 2, Volume 1).
Appropriate Group B elective units to the value of 22 points may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate IV. Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NQC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.
Registered Training Organisations must seek a determination from Manufacturing Skills Australia in respect of the allocation of points values for units of competency drawn from other Training Packages or accredited courses.
Additional qualification descriptors
The following additional descriptors are approved for use with this qualification:
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning; Casting and Moulding; CNC programming; Fluid Power; Heavy Fabrication; Instrumentation; Maintenance; Marine Electronics; Mechatronics; Patternmaking; Robotics; Toolmaking; Welding, Watch and Clock Service and Repair.
While there is no qualification entry requirement, it is assumed that the learner is either already a tradesperson with access to structured on and off-the-job training, or is an apprentice under an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement where the mix of on and off-the-job training would be specified in the Training Plan associated with the Contract of Training between the employer and apprentice.
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for relevant units of competency achieved should be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade, MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade, MEM30405 Certificate III in Engineering - Electrical/Electronic Trade, MEM30605 Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture, MEM30705 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction, MEM30805 Certificate III in Locksmithing, MEM31010 Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair, or other relevant qualifications.
Pathways from the qualification
Further training pathways from this qualification include MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade or other relevant qualifications.
Additional qualification advice
An additional descriptor may be added to this qualification title to illustrate a particular skills profile.
This could be achieved by adding a pathway descriptor or sentence below the formal title of the qualification. Note that no changes may be made to the qualification title and the use of one of these descriptors to a qualification does not change the qualification's formal title or unique national code.
There are no specific requirements associated with the use of these descriptors other than their use should reflect the nature of the choice of units of competency in the qualification and must be consistent with the work role of a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson - Level II.
Reference to other occupational or functional pathways consistent with the role of a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson - Level II may be included on any qualification statement that is issued.
Competitive Manufacturing qualifications are available for employees at this level who already possess trade and other technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.
If appropriate electives are undertaken as part of a contract of training recognised by licensing authorities, then this qualification can be used as the basis for an application in each state and territory for a license to practise as an electrician. It can also be used to satisfy regulations regarding refrigeration and air conditioning work. Local regulations should be checked for details.
Refer to Pathways Information
Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:
Read, interpret, follow and communicate information on written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents
Produce sketches, diagrams, charts or graphs
Check and clarify trade related information
Provide clear and precise information to others including trade team members, apprentices, production employees
Recognise and use common engineering terminology and symbols
Liaise with appropriate authorities
Work alone or as part of a trade team
Contribute to a group effort in order to plan and carry out work
Identify work roles, communicate and cooperate with others
Undertake numerical operations, geometry and calculations/ formulae (including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, percentages and proportions, simple ratios and averages)
Use advanced measuring techniques
Inspect quality of own or other employee's work
Assess operation and condition of equipment against specifications or manufacturer's requirements
Analyse information from drawings, production data, manuals and reports from other employees to improve equipment performance
Use diagnostic skills and tests to identify and determine causes of faults, including interpretation of in-built fault indicators and error codes
Develop, implement and evaluate solutions to problems
Translate designs into practical outcomes
Initiative and enterprise
Be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts
Identify actual and foreseeable workplace hazards during course of work
Implement OHS risk management procedures
Modify work plan to overcome unforeseen difficulties or developments that occur as work progresses
Participate in improvement procedures including process, quality and internal/external customer/supplier relationships
Economise material and energy use and minimise waste
Planning and organising
Plan, prioritise and sequence maintenance and repair operations to ensure completion of activities within schedules and with minimal disruption to scheduled production
Plan allocation of work to others including apprentices, trades assistants to ensure efficiency and safety
Organise and analyse information relevant to work
Set up jobs prior to commencement of work including selection of appropriate tools, equipment and materials and adjustment of equipment
Carry out work safely and in accordance with company policy and procedures, manufacturer's recommendations, environmental and other legislative requirements
Monitor performance of own and other's work to ensure customer satisfaction, efficiency and sustainability
Take responsibility for own work outcomes
Apply techniques, procedures, tools and equipment for compliance with site or manufacturers' specifications.
Check and clarify task related information with appropriate personnel or technical adviser
Identify internal or external customer requirements with respect to the work to be performed
Assess and modify own work practices
Use workshop and equipment manuals, online help, and other reference materials such as catalogues/lists as required
Maintain current knowledge of applicable standards, legislation, environmental and other codes of practice and product/process developments
Assist with on the job training and assessment
Select, set up and use appropriate tools, equipment, materials and machines
Select and use appropriate measuring and testing devices to ensure compliance with tolerances and other specifications
Navigate technology to access /input /store/retrieve/save and produce information/data using appropriate software applications
Apply knowledge of appropriate engineering principles, techniques, procedures, diagnostic methods, tools and equipment to achieve the required outcome
Check equipment and instruments for accuracy
Improve efficiency of machines and equipment in order to minimise waste