Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade


Brisbane (QLD), Sydney (NSW)


105 weeks including term breaks

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This qualification is designed to provide industry-recognised skills and knowledge required for an Advanced Engineering Tradesperson – Level II.

Trade specialisations:

  • CNC Progamming
  • Fabrication
  • Heavy Fabrication
  • Fitting
  • Fixed and Mobile Plant Mechanic
  • Welding
  • Maintenance
  • Robotics
  • Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning

Domestic students can develop their skills through an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement. This includes a mix of on and off-the-job training that will be specified in the Training Plan associated with the Contract of Training between the employer and apprentice.

International students will have the opportunity to complete the program on campus through practical training and assessment and on-the-job placements.
Opportunity exists for 18-month post-study work visa. This makes the student job-ready.

Engineers currently employed in the industry may be eligible to complete the program through:

In Australia, students successfully graduating from this qualification may receive a median salary of approx. $51,800 per year.

Course Overview

This course is perfect for qualified tradespeople or current engineering apprentices who are looking to upskill and further enhance their existing trade skills.

Students will learn and apply higher level post-trade skills including:

  • Design and assembly
  • Manufacturing
  • Installation
  • Testing
  • Fault-finding
  • Maintenance and service of mechanical, electrical systems
  • Fabrication and assembly techniques
  • Machining

Study Options:

At Intech Institute, we offer a range of study options to suit different types of students and their needs.

  1. Full-time on campus (Domestic and International Students)
  2. Full-time on-the-job training (Trade Workers Only)
  3. RPL existing skills (Must have worked in the industry)
  4. Apprentices and Trainees (Domestic Students Only)
  5. QLD Government Subsidized RPL and Gap Training (QLD Residents Only)

Work Placements:

Students are encouraged to seek industry work placement to gain the maximum benefit from the course. This is an opportunity to not only apply and practice the skills acquired in a formal work environment, but to improve their capabilities. As a result, the student will not only meet but exceed their learning outcomes.

InTech may assist in securing industry work placements – Conditions apply.

Entry requirements

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

Domestic Students (Full-Time)
English and Language and Literacy Skills

International Students
English Language Proficiency – must demonstrate minimum language skills.
Other criteria is determined by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (i.e. satisfying Visa requirements)

Apprenticeships and Trainees
See the eligibility requirements under QLD Funded Programs.

On-the-Job Learners
English and Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Access to workplaces with all the necessary learning resources

RPL Students
Demonstrate previous and/or current work history.
QLD Government Subsidised RPL and Gap Training (QLD residents only).

Skillset and Micro Courses
English and Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Attendance and work placement

What you'll learn

Qualification Structure and Rules 

To be awarded the MEM50119 Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade, units of competency to the value of 156 points must be achieved, chosen as outlined below:

Core Units:

  • all core units of competency listed below (totalling 49 points)

MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024 Perform computations
MEM12025 Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations
MEM12026 Perform advanced trade calculations in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM14006 Plan work activities
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology
MEM16009 Research and analyse engineering information
MEM16011 Communicate with individuals and small groups
MEM16012 Interpret technical specifications and manuals
MEM16014 Report technical information
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM18001 Use hand tools
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Plus Elective Units:

  • elective units of competency to a maximum value of 87 points from Group A
  • elective units of competency to a minimum value of 8 points from Group C
  • elective units of competency from Group B to bring the total value to 156 points
  • Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total
Teaching and assessment

Domestic Students (Full-Time)
As a domestic student, you will attend face-to-face classes and practical workshops, Monday to Friday, on Intech campus. Compulsory 75% attendance is required.

International Students
As an international student, you will attend face-to-face classes and practical workshops, Monday to Friday, on Intech campus. Compulsory 75% attendance is required under student visa conditions. InTech operates on a 10-week term. There are 4 terms per year. All classes are scheduled for 20 hours per week.

Apprenticeships and Trainees
See the eligibility requirements under QLD Funded Programs.

On-the-Job Learners
Class attendance is not required for on-the-job learners. All training and assessments are completed via work placement.

RPL Students
Attend workshops only if skills gaps identified.

Skillset and Micro Courses
Attend face-to-face classes and practical workshops at InTech campus.

Resources Provided
Students attending full-time classes will receive handouts/learning material relevant to each unit, safety boots and Intech t-shirt on induction day.
We recommend students to wear personal protective equipment suited to the engineering industry.

On induction /orientation day, students will receive:

  • Overview of each unit of competency
  • Methods of assessment
  • Student handbook
  • Training plan and schedule
  • Internship details and journal

Recognition of Prior Learning is a process of having your work experience and skills formally assessed for the purpose of gaining a nationally recognised and accredited qualification. InTech offers you the chance to transfer your skills and experience and turn it into a Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade!

Candidates can demonstrate their skills through a combination of:

  • Portfolio of Evidence
    • Prior qualification (accredited and non-accredited)
    • Employment history (detailed, positions, performance, appraisals)
    • Work samples and other relevant documents (photos, videos, etc.)
    • References and testimonials from verifiable sources
    • Journals and publications
  • Practical testing in the workshop or classroom (if necessary)
  • Written/verbal testing (if necessary)
Apply for RPL or Credit Transfer today!
Career Pathways

Potential Career Pathways:

  • 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
  • Electrical fitter
  • Electronic mechanic
  • Electrical fitter/mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Refrigeration mechanic
Fees and funding


Domestic Students (Full-Time)
$18 000.00 (includes PPE, training and assessment resources)

International Students
$18 000.00 (includes PPE, training and assessment resources; excludes OSHC, visa fees, accommodation)

On the Job Learners
Please contact us for a quote.

RPL Students
Please contact us for a quote.

Skillset and Micro Courses
Please contact us for a quote.

Payment Plan
If you have difficulty paying the full fee of a course upfront you might be eligible for a payment plan.
This allows you to pay for your course either per semester or in monthly installments.

Fee reduction applies for
Credit Transfer, RPL or Government Funding (Subject to eligibility and residency).

How to apply

Ready to get started?

Fill out an application above or see our How to Apply section for further guidance.

If you require assistance, our dedicated student advisors can help you with any questions you have about the application and enrolment process.

Students are advised to make an appointment to speak to a career counselor for advice on programs, learning pathways and career outcomes.

Professional accreditation and recognition

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with the Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade. This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Check www.training.gov.au.

International students may apply for a temporary work visa upon successful completion of the course and work experience. Conditions apply.

Additional information

Pathways into the qualification:
Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed one of the following:

  • MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering,
  • MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade,
  • MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade,
  • or other relevant qualifications.

Further Progression: Students can progress onto a higher level course within the college.
We offer the following qualifications:

  • MEM60112 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technical or other relevant qualifications.

Credits may also include units of competency contained within relevant skills sets and statements of attainment.

What Kind Of Student Are You?

You're a local student if you are:
  • a citizen of Australia or New Zealand or
  • an Australian permanent resident
You're an international student if you are:
  • intending to study on a student visa, or
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • not an Australian permanent resident or
  • a temporary resident of Australia
You're a working professional if you are:
  • currently working in Australia or Internationally
  • able to provide sufficient work evidence to obtain a qualification
  • willing to expand your future job prospects

If you're unsure please contact us at admissions@intech.edu.au