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  • MEM50212
  • 095200F

Diploma of Engineering - Technical

At a glance

At a glance

Progress your career with this advanced technical qualification. Develop your skills further for technician work in the field of mechanical, mechatronic, manufacturing or maintenance engineering.

  • Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering - Technical

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Course overview

Course overview

Advance your career in a wide range of fields in engineering with this technical qualification. Develop your skills to become a mechanical engineering technician. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, mechanical engineering draftspersons and technicians are specialised occupations that have high skill levels and earning potential. Employers are looking for qualified candidates who are reliable, work well in a team, and have a strong work ethic. 

This course covers a comprehensive theoretical and semi-technical base for working in the mechanical, mechatronic, manufacturing and maintenance fields at a para-professional level. You will advance your skills in mathematics, materials science, quality assurance, engineering drawing and computing, as well as management and maintenance strategies. This course emphasises the transfer of theoretical concepts to practical real world applications to put you in the best position to advance your career.

Successful completion of this course will build your skills to a para-professional level and allow you to seek employment as a mechanical engineering technician. It will also put you on the path to further study.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 15 elective units from the list below.

Organise and communicate information
Interact with computing technology
Select common engineering materials
Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Group A Electives | Maximum of 8 units to be completed
Interpret technical drawing
Produce basic engineering detail drawings
Perform computations
Calculate force systems within simple beam structures
Calculate stresses in simple structures
Contribute to the design of basic mechanical systems
Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements
Produce basic engineering drawings
Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models
Use hand tools
Group B Electives | Minimum of 7 units to be completed
Apply basic engineering design concepts
Prepare mechanical models for computer-aided engineering (CAE)
Create 3-D solid models using computer-aided design (CAD) system
Apply surface modelling techniques to 3-D drawings
Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations
Manage self in the engineering environment
Apply technical mathematics
Apply fluid and thermodynamics principles in engineering
Select and test mechanical engineering materials
Apply engineering mechanics principles
Use workshop equipment and processes to complete an engineering project
Coordinate engineering projects
Create 3-D model assemblies using computer-aided design (CAD) system

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Money IconVet Student Loan - $16,221 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:

Sound Achievement in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent is recommended.

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - View a list of all English Language tests accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. View the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Resources required

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes the use of safety glasses, protective footwear with covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip soles to AS2210, leather gloves to AS2161, and hair protection. You should also wear 100% cotton drill industry-standard clothing.

If you fail to meet these minimum standards of dress, you will not be permitted entry into practical classes.

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Auto CAD and Inventor software - Free download option is available  -

Need to know

Students who successfully complete MEM60112 Advanced Diploma of Engineering – Technical can apply to continue their studies with:

  • CQ University Australia in a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Specialisation) Dual Award or
  • University of Southern Queensland in an Associate Degree of Engineering

For further information please refer to University pathways.

Students must enrol and pay before attending class.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland