Metals & Engineering

Course Description

The StPatsTech Metals & Engineering program will prepare you for career pathways in the manufacturing, engineering, advanced manufacturing, mining, resources and defence industries.

You will become skilled at welding (oxy, mig, arc and tig), cutting, shaping and manufacturing metal structures and components, machining using lathes and milling machines as well as design.

Demand for engineering tradespeople in fabrication and mechanical trades is high and opportunities for apprenticeships are very good.

You obtain your qualifications training in the College’s fully equipped workshops working with our team of teacher / trainers.

This program is part of the St Pat’s Tech School of Engineering & Transport. To see the other pathways available in this sub-school, visit the Programs page.

Course Structure


All subjects at StPatsTech are written specifically for your trade program.

Pre-vocational trade training is industry relevant, highly practical and fully accredited by TAFE SA.

> Pre-vocational training
> Certificate II in Engineering – Production Technology (MEM20205)

> Trade theory subjects
> Essential Mathematics
> Essential English
> Scientific Studies

> Work Ready Skills program


St Patrick’s Technical College – Engineering workshop

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Engineering - Production Technology (MEM20205)


Course content includes: MIG/ARC welding, TIG welding, brazing and soldering, hand / power tools, fabrication skills.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification delivered in partnership with TAFE SA.

Design Technology (Engineering)

Design Technology (Engineering) allows students to experience opportunities to learn and apply practical design to set projects while gaining confidence of key trade skills such as welding, brazing, oxyacetylene cutting and basic machine tool operation. This emphasis is consistent with the College’s approach of preparing students for employment opportunities. This program has been prepared with the assistance of Industry Advisory Groups with competencies counting toward pre-apprenticeship training criteria. Practical projects are created to be included in a student’s employment portfolio. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

Integrated Learning

Students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world task, event, learning opportunity, or context, which leads to a specific purpose, product, or outcome. The subject draws links between aspects of students’ lives and their learning. Students develop and demonstrate their collaboration, teamwork, and self-awareness, and evaluate their learning. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

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Essential English

Our literacy program prepares students to communicate effectively within the workplace. This subject provides students with skills required to enhance their oral and written skills. Students learn techniques to improve their employment opportunities, their ability to work in a team and their effectiveness to communicate with customers and clients. Areas such as the planning and writing of job applications, procedures when writing curriculum vitae and the appropriate use of email and other electronic communications are also studied in this course.

Essential Mathematics

Our numeracy program enables students to develop the mathematical skills necessary to ensure their success and is both practical and theoretical in nature. Students study units of measurement, measuring devices, length, perimeter, area and volume. These units also include components in costing, quoting and scale drawing. These units are fundamental to the success of all students completing a trade and give students a clear understanding of the relevance between mathematics and their chosen career pathway.

Research Project

In the Research Project, students have the opportunity to study an area of interest in depth. They use their creativity and initiative, while developing the research and presentation skills they will need in further study or work.

Scientific Studies (Engineering)

This subject is designed for students undertaking the Mining, Metals and Engineering or Automotive courses to gain an understanding of the impact science has had and continues to have on their chosen profession. A hands-on approach is undertaken to ensure students gain an understanding of the characteristics of different metals and how these characteristics are used within industry. Students investigate the strengths of metals and understand how metals fail. The course also investigates the processes used to protect metals from failure and the process of metal production.

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Skills for Life

The Skills for Life program provides students with meaningful and positive experiences as part of the College’s Catholic community. It aims to develop students knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the dignity of the human person, living in relationship and the nature of freedom and responsibility. It helps students to recognise how they can impact and make a difference in their community and to develop skills and values in relation to what is meaningful and significant to their lives.

Workplace Practices

In Workplace Practices students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers' rights and responsibilities and career planning. Our extensive Work Experience program is a key component of this subject allowing students to develop and reflect on their capabilities, interests, and aspirations.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

MEM20205 Certificate II in Engineering – Production Technology
Code Unit Title
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM05004C Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
MEM18001C Use hand tools
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM15002A Apply quality systems
MEM13001B Perform Emergency first aid
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on job training
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling
MEM05006C Perform brazing/and or silver soldering
MEM05009C Perform automated thermal cutting
MEM16008A Interact with computer technology
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
MEM24001B Perform basic penetrant testing
MEM16005A Operate as a team member
MEM08010B Manually finish/polish
MEM05005B Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM03001B Perform manual production assembly
MEM05013C Perform manual production welding
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity
MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM03003B Perform sheet and plate assembly

Work Experience

StPatsTech supports you like no other school as you move into the workplace.

Our Work Ready Skills program gives you the edge in the key skills required to gain employment including:

  • self-management
  • communication
  • planning and organising
  • problem-solving
  • teamwork

Giving you the best chance to develop your workplace skills, try your trade for real and meet potential employers, your StPatsTech pre-Apprenticeship program includes a minimum of 6-weeks’ Work Experience per year.



School-based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SbAT) are a mix of vocational education, training and employment. They allow you to start work and finish school at the same time.

Metals-&-Engineering-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship specialist.

As part of any StPatsTech program, we’ll assist you to move into an SbAT as soon as you’re ready.

Your SbAT gives you credit for your employment skills and real-world experience as part of your school program.

SbAT programs at StPatsTech are unlike any others in schools in South Australia, providing you and your employer with a unique level of FLEXIBILITY.

You can spend up to 40 weeks of your final school year full-time with an employer in paid work. This means you can finish the first year of your full apprenticeship at the same time as completing your SACE.

During your SbAT you’ll be supported by a member of the StPatsTech team and when you graduate, you’ll automatically upgrade to a full-time position.


Career Pathways

Within the metals and engineering industry, you may be involved in activities such as cutting, pressing or casting metal, welding or grinding and working with heavy machinery, computer technology, cabling and mechanical equipment.

Career opportunities in the industry include:

  • Structural steel and welding trades
  • Sheetmetal trades
  • Metal fitters and machinists
  • Precision metal trades
  • Refrigeration & air-conditioning mechanics

For further information about these industries in South Australia, visit Work Ready.