A qualified Mechanical Engineering tradesperson performs a variety of mechanical work on machinery, subassemblies and manufactured parts. Common mechanical engineering trades include Toolmakers and Machinists. These roles often overlap in skill-sets and usually work alongside each other where specialisations overlap and complement the overall mechanical engineering work to be carried out.

Tool Makers and Machinists play a vital role in any manufacturing workshop and can be found working in the automotive, mining, food and beverage manufacturing industries, to name a few. They may make precision machinery for machine tools and other manufacturing machinery. As an apprentice the scope of your exposure to techniques and machinery will depend on your Host Employer. There are excellent opportunities to progress out of the workshops and into administrative or operational roles that would see you applying your acquired knowledge to relationship management with the ‘Tool-room’ and project management, liaising with degree qualified Engineers on delivering small and large scale projects.

This trade requires a four-year apprenticeship. MIGAS will facilitate your practical work placement with one of our quality host employers. In addition to on-the-job training, we will assist you with enrolment through a Registered Training Organisation to complete your certification. With MIGAS you will be fully supported throughout the duration of your placement by a Field Officer and by the wider MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees community.

A day in the job in Mechanical Engineering

Sunrise
Study blueprints, drawings, models and/or specifications of the items to be made
Midday
Plan out the processes required for creating parts and assembling them into the larger items
Night
Design tools and precision equipment
Program and operate numerically controlled, computer controlled and electrical discharge machine tools
Set up and operate machine and hand tools to form the required metal shape
Machine complex internal shapes using advanced tools such as electrical discharge machines
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Skill Requirements for success in Tool Making Apprenticeships

  • Good math skills
  • Manual dexterity
  • Good communication skills
  • Mechanical aptitude

Qualifications

  • Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade

Available Apprenticeships

School-based Engineering Traineeship

Cardiff, NSW | JOB ID 4833

Fantastic school-based opportunity to kick-start your engineering career. Gain both work experience and a nationally recognised qualification as part of this Traineeship.

Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship

Seven Hills, NSW | JOB ID 4932

Develop your long-term career in engineering through this Mechanical Fitter apprenticeship

Fitter Machinist Apprenticeship

Wetherill Park, NSW | JOB ID 4940

Commence a Fitter Machinist apprenticeship and develop your skills to become skilled tradesman in the Mechanical Engineering trade

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