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MEM31119 Certificate III in Engineering – Composites Trade

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.

Pathways from the qualification

MEM40119 Certificate IV in Engineering

MEM50119 Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade

  • 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

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.

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.

To undertake this program, students must be undertaking an apprenticeship.

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.

All students must undertake a LL&N assessment as part of the enrollment process. Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed relevant qualifications.

The assessments include theory and practical tasks and will be clearly documented in the assessment documents. Assessments will include tasks such as written questions, practical demonstrations and workplace evidence reports.

This program is to be delivered through facilitated online training sessions occurring fortnightly (2 hours) and practical skills training will occur through a minimum of 3-4 face to face visits at the student's workplace.

For practical components/ skills, the Trainer will coordinate with the employer to ensure access to suitable environments for practical training to occur.

Learners will also be supplied with Learner Guides for each unit delivered and will work through the learning activities during self-study time. Learning activities will give learners the opportunity to practice and prepare for assessments.

Learners will have the opportunity to apply and test their new knowledge and skills through their employment and on-the-job training within their business.

The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Engineering Composites Trade are :

  • Completion of all core units of competency listed below (Totalling 33) points, and
  • Elective units of competency to a minimum value of 6 points from Group A
  • Elective units of competency to a value of 57 points from Group B & C to bring the total value to 96 points.

Students need to complete Twenty Eight (28) units of competency, consisting of:

  • 12 Core units
  • 16 Elective units

Core Units

Unit codeUnit title
MEM09002Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011Undertake manual handling
MEM12023Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024Perform computations
MEM13015Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM14006Plan work activities
MEM16006Organise and communicate information
MEM16008Interact with computing technology
MEM17003Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM18001Use hand tools
MEM18002Use power tools/hand held operations
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Elective Units*

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

MEM26001Lay up composites using open moulding techniques
MEM26002Lay up composites using vacuum closed moulding techniques
MEM26003Lay up composites using pressure closed moulding techniques
MEM26004Make basic plugs for composites fabrication
MEM26005Make basic moulds for composites fabrication
MEM26006Mark and cut out sheets for composite use
MEM26007Select and use reinforcing appropriate for product
MEM26008Select and use resin systems appropriate for product
MEM26009Select and use cores and fillers appropriate for product
MEM26010Store and handle composite materials
MEM26012Record and trial work processes for one-off composite products
MEM26014Adjust resin chemicals for current conditions
MEM26015Select and apply repair techniques
MEM26018Organise composite trials
MEM26019Finish a composite product
MEM13003Work 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.

This course has been designed to be delivered over 4 years in
apprenticeship contract. This course also looks at the competence of the apprentice during the training.

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

Cost for eligible students - South Australia 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

*Fees will be split over 3 years and invoiced each calendar year.

*Fees are calculated with the minimum SCH of 960 and may change depending on units selected.

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

RPL Assessment only training could be completed by candidates that have around 6 years of industry experience.


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.

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.

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.

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.

AIE encourages all, students to look at apprenticeship as a career option. Further information can be obtained by talking to our friendly staff.

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

To apply and enrol in this course with Australian Institute of Engineering please contact Brett Ambrosio for further information:

Email :

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


"This training is delivered with South Australia government funding".

"This training is subsidised by the NSW Government".

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