Study Engineering – Mechanical Trade

Career Outcomes

Fitter (General) (323211)
Fitter & Turner (323212)
Fitter-Welder 323213)
Metal Machinist (First Class) (323214)

All of the above occupations are currently on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL)

Industry Overview

Manufacturing is any process that changes materials, substances or components into new products, and is a vital part of the Australian economy. It is Australia’s seventh largest industry for employment and sixth largest for output. It employs close to one million people across 47,530 employing companies. Businesses manufacturing fabricated metal products, machinery and equipment are the highest employing businesses in the industry. Australian manufacturers have reported that the most important factors when recruiting are teamwork and problem-solving skills. (Source: Ai Group)


Average weekly earnings:  $2,062 per week

Mode of work: Most work full-time (93%)

Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 49 hours/ week at work.

Age: the average age is 40 years.

Gender: 1% workers are female


Qualification Needed

Workers usually need a certificate III in engineering – mechanical trade. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Course Overview

Studies in mechanical engineering will teach you how to interpret technical drawing, perform engineering measurements, perform milling and grinding operations, diagnose faults and much more.

Course Requirements

Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.


A 2-year packaged manufacturing trade course costs between $17,000 and $19,000 per year, depending on the institution.

Career Outcomes

Fitter (General)
Fitter & Turner
Metal Machinist (First Class)

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