Engineering Fabrication

If you study Engineering Fabrication and Trade you are setting yourself up to work in numerous trade roles in Australia and around the world.

About Course

  • Course Overview
  • Requirement
  • Outcomes

Metal Fabricator, Fitter and Turner and Welder are all currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

In Australia, engineering fabricators may be even more in demand than engineers themselves. Structural steel and welding trades workers cut, shape, join and repair metal components of iron and steel structures, boilers, pressure vessels and pipes, ships and other vessels.

The Certificate III and IV in Engineering Fabrication and Trade prepares student to perform a wide range of tasks in the construction and manufacturing industry.  Graduates will be skilled in many aspects of engineering fabrication and trade including:

  • Studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements.
  • Selecting, cleaning and preparing metal stock.
  • Cutting marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines.
  • Shaping and bending metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering.
  • Aligning parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments.
  • Joining metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting.
  • Examining welds for width of bead, penetration and precision.
  • Finishing products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions.
  • Cleaning and smoothing welds by filing, chiselling and grinding.
Common Course Requirements
  1. Must have graduated year 10 in home country.
  2. Must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5
Graduate Outcome
  • On average, full time fabricators earn around $1,600 per week.
  • They can work independently or be part of a larger building or manufacturing company.
  • 92% of structural steel and welding trades are employed in a full-time role
Potential Career Pathways:
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Welder
Higher Education Opportunities
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Aerospace Engineering

Course Details

Price (p.a)

$10000 - $15000

Duration

12-24 months

Location

Sydney

Intake

July

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TEMPORARY GRADUATE VISA

If undertaking study in this course in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Gradaute Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa. If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. It is a way for people to have their skills assessed without having the experience. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and General Skilled Migration Visas.

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Education Pathways

Solid Plasterer (333212) – Is currently on the Skilled Occupations List.

The skills assessment for Plasterers is delivered through – Trade Recognition Australia (TRA).

The qualification required to obtain a positive skills assessment as a Plasterer is the Certificate III in Solid Plastering.

If you undertake this course and participate in the job ready program you may even be able to do this without being sponsored by an employer and you may not need to live in a regional area.

Note: It is never recommended to engage in studies for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia. Speak to us and we can find a course that matches your long-term career goals.

Study a course or package of courses that goes for at least 2 years and includes the Certificate III in Solid Plastering

By studying for 2 years and undertaking a 360 hours vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for and receive the Temporary Graduate Visa. The graduate visa is a work visa that allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. For more information on the Graduate Visa, click here.

The main benefit of the JRP is that on completion you will be provided with a positive skills assessment for general migration purposes. On this program, you must work for at least 12 months as a qualified Plasterer


Your employer will not need to sponsor your visa, as you will already be on the graduate visa. This will mean that you have a much higher chance of finding employment as it is very easy for the employer to hire you. You may find this video on the Job Ready Program helpful.

Once you have completed the Job Ready Program as a Solid Plasterer you will receive a positive skills assessment. Once you have the positive skills assessment you may be able to apply for general skilled migration visas. If eligible, the general skilled migration visas (Skilled Independent Subclass 189, State Nominated Subclass 190 or Regional Nominated Subclass 491) do not require you to have an employer that is willing to sponsor your visa. Please note that you will still be required to pass the points test and health checks to apply for this visa.

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