Study Engineering – Fabrication Trade

Career Outcomes

Engineering Patternmaker (393212): currently on Regional Occupation List (ROL)
Metal Fabricator (322311): currently on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL)
Pressure Welder (322312): currently on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL)
Sheetmetal Trades Worker(322211): currently on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL)
Welder (First Class) (323213): 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:  $1,550 per week

Mode of work: Most work full-time (92%)

Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 46 hours/ week at work.

Age: the average age is 38 -41 years..

Gender: 1% workers are female


Qualification Needed

Workers usually need a certificate III in engineering – fabrication trade.

Course Overview

Studies in engineering fabrication will teach you how to perform engineering measurements, weld and cut metal, apply fabrication, forming and shaping techniques and assemble fabricated components.

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.

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