Australian Institute of Engineering is a Registered Training Organisation delivering Nationally Recognised Training. We have a commitment to helping people achieve their learning goals, in a fun and supportive learning environment.

This groundbreaking area of engineering is for those who are ready to work at the cutting edge. Composite materials are starting to replace traditional materials. As different industries start to use these materials, the need for apprentices increases.

You’ll gain skills in composite materials, assembly, and production techniques. You’ll learn how to select the appropriate processes or systems for a product, and will gain experience with a range of power tools and machinery.

This course is delivered as an apprenticeship.


  • This groundbreaking area of engineering is for those who are ready to work at the cutting edge. Composite materials are starting to replace traditional materials. As different industries start to use these materials, the need for apprentices increases.You’ll gain skills in composite materials, assembly, and production techniques. You’ll learn how to select the appropriate processes or systems for a product, and will gain experience with a range of power tools and machinery.This course is delivered as an apprenticeship.


  • A Nationally Recognised qualification upon successful completion of the course
  • Fun and flexible delivery of training and assessment by experienced industry trainers and assessors
  • The opportunity to choose a career path through recognised qualifications
  • Learning of new skills
  • Develop your existing skills further, or have your existing skills recognised with a nationally recognised qualification
  • Meet new people and gain confidence in your employment skills


Pathways from the qualification

MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering

MEM50119 Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade


For Domestic Students:

For you to be eligible, you need to be:

  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits
  • Students must be employed in a role that enables them access to appropriate workplace tasks. AIE will confirm the suitability of the learner’s employment prior to commencement.


Our expert team will carefully assess your experience including past qualifications, relevant skills, and industry knowledge. Information about your knowledge and experience will be aligned to the relevant components of the qualification. You will receive recognition for the units or modules in which you have demonstrated either competency or similarity of learning outcomes, and you will only need to complete any remaining units to receive the qualification.


The cost for RPL in a VET course will vary depending on the number of units of competency you successfully gain recognition for, the fee structure of the course and any assessment or training required. You will be provided with an approximate cost for your unique situation when you apply.


To apply for RPL simply submit an enquiry so we can provide you with the appropriate application form. Along with this form you will also need to supply any relevant documentation that supports your application including existing qualifications and evidence of your previous roles.


Students need to complete Thirty Five (28) units of competency, consisting of:

  • 12 Core units
  • 16 Elective units


Core Units

Unit code Unit title
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024 Perform computations
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM14006 Plan work activities
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM18001 Use hand tools
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Elective Units*

*Electives may be able to be adjusted to suit individual business requirements

MEM26001 Lay up composites using open moulding techniques
MEM26002 Lay up composites using vacuum closed moulding techniques
MEM26003 Lay up composites using pressure closed moulding techniques
MEM26004 Make basic plugs for composites fabrication
MEM26005 Make basic moulds for composites fabrication
MEM26006 Mark and cut out sheets for composite use
MEM26007 Select and use reinforcing appropriate for product
MEM26008 Select and use resin systems appropriate for product
MEM26009 Select and use cores and fillers appropriate for product
MEM26010 Store and handle composite materials
MEM26012 Record and trial work processes for one-off composite products
MEM26014 Adjust resin chemicals for current conditions
MEM26015 Select and apply repair techniques
MEM26018 Organise composite trials
MEM26019 Finish a composite product
MEM13003 Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials


Please note:

*The above units have listed pre-requisite units that are listed within the Training Package and the AIE Engineering Qualifications Overview. All elective units are included and accounted for within the unit selection and order of delivery.


Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: AIE Campus – Broadmeadows, Melbourne; Workplace based – all states

Study Mode: On campus, Workplace


The MEM31119 Certificate III in Engineering – Composites Trade specifies the competencies required for employment as a composites tradesperson, including:

  • laying up composites
  • selecting and using materials and components for composite products
  • handling, using and storing materials and components used in composites
  • undertaking repairs and modifications to composite components
  • undertaking repairs and modifications using composites
  • adjusting resin chemicals for composite products and conditions
  • selecting and using joining techniques.

People with this qualification may work in a large manufacturing organisation, a smaller workshop, a repair facility, a defence or a government facility. The composites tradesperson may work in a composites manufacturing or repair organisation, or they may work in an aerospace, civil construction, general manufacturing, marine, vehicle or other organisation as a composites specialist. They may be part of a large organisation or they may be an independent contractor performing composites trade work for other organisations. ‘Composites’ in this application refers to reinforced resin components and does not include geo-textile or other industrial textiles.


Australian Institute Of Engineering as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for credit transfer Form available from AIE campus, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from AIE Website.

Your completed Application for credit transfer form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to AIE either in person or by email. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range of composites work, including laying up composites, selecting, handling, using and storing materials and components, undertaking repairs and modifications, adjusting resin chemicals and selecting and using joining techniques.

This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to working as a composites tradesperson.


Contact Us


Our expert team will assist you with the steps to enrol to undertake training in this qualification.

Please contact our customer service team for more information Telephone: +61 3 9302 1296


Course Fees: (Payable by employer &/or apprentice)

Cost for eligible students:

Tuition Fee: $2976.00

Materials Fee: $480.00

Total Payable Fees: $3456.00

Cost for Ineligible students:

Tuition Fee: $14,400.00

Materials Fee: $480.00

Total Payable Fees: $14,880

Government incentives payments and wage Subsidies may be available for eligible apprentices.


Contact our friendly team at Australian Institute of Engineering at:

Australian Institute of Engineering

Head Office (Melbourne Campus)

60 Belfast Street,


Telephone: +61 3 9302 1296


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