Mechanical engineering apprenticeships are a common pathway into mechanical careers that work with a wide variety of machinery, subassemblies and manufactured parts.

Success in mechanical engineering apprenticeships demands attention to detail, and you’ll be expected to demonstrate the aptitude to take on work that uses a wide range of specialist tools and equipment.

To match skilled apprentices who are looking to find an apprenticeship, MIGAS partners with business owners and people throughout Australia. Our connections mean we’re making it simpler than ever to embark on mechanical engineering apprenticeships and build a career in one of Australia’s most in-demand industries.

Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeships and Career Pathways

Mechanical engineering apprenticeships are your pathway to a career in the machining, manufacturing and fabrication industries. With a range of specialisations available to you, you’ll be able to turn your mechanical apprenticeship into work in the automotive, mining, food manufacturing industry and more. MIGAS strives to provide opportunities that align with your goals, and we can offer mechanical engineering opportunities that lead to the following specialisations:

  • Toolmakers: Mechanical apprentices can train as toolmakers involved with producing precision tools, moulds, dies and jigs for the manufacturing industry. Completing highly detailed work means toolmaking apprentices are required to work with a wide range of hand tools, as well as with equipment such as CNC machines, lathes, mills, grinders and sophisticated measuring equipment.
  • Machinists: Training as a machinist will see you learning the ropes of some of the industry’s most cutting edge equipment. Mechanical apprenticeships provide training on a range of workflows, including planning machining processes, operating CNC equipment, fabricating components, building sub assemblies and following precise blueprints.

A day in the job in Mechanical Engineering

Study blueprints, drawings, models and/or specifications of the items to be made
Plan out the processes required for creating parts and assembling them into the larger items
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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Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeships at a Glance

Specialist employment in toolmaking or machining begins with mechanical engineering apprenticeships. Mechanical engineering apprenticeships are a 4-year program that combines traditional study with on-the-job training and placements. During your apprenticeship you will learn to work with cutting edge machinery, CNC equipment and other tools of the trade. Your training will contribute towards earning Vocational Certificates in the mechanical engineering specialisation of your choice.

People undertaking mechanical engineering apprenticeships may be entitled to receive support, incentives or trade loans from the government. To find out if that applies to you, you’re welcome to contact MIGAS to find out more about incentive schemes.

Skill Requirements for Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeships

Mechanical apprenticeships can provide unique opportunities in some of Australia’s most in-demand industries. Whichever specialisation you choose, skilled mechanical engineers are always required, so employers are often searching for new apprentices.

To succeed in mechanical engineering apprenticeships, candidates need to demonstrate several personal qualities:

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

Mechanical engineering apprenticeships require you to work with a wide range of high powered and potentially dangerous equipment. You’ll need to demonstrate an aptitude for the machines you’re using, as well as the ability to work safely. If that sounds like something you’d be good at, mechanical apprenticeships are the best way to jumpstart your career.


  • Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade

Visit Our Jobs Board

If you’re interested in a mechanical engineering career as either a toolmaker or machinist, take a look at the MIGAS jobs board to see the opportunities we’re currently advertising. We aim to make new roles available frequently, so you can also register your details with us if you’d like to be notified when suitable mechanical apprenticeships become available.

Available Apprenticeships

Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship

Belrose, NSW | JOB ID 5666

Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship available with an industry known leader in chemical fluid monitoring and metering

1st, 2nd or 3rd Year Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship

Huntingwood, NSW | JOB ID 5866

Immediate start: 1st, 2nd or 3rd year Mech Fitter Apprentice required for a mobile hydraulic and electrification products and solutions provider

Expression of Interest - Mechanical Fitter and Turner Apprenticeships

Sydney, NSW | JOB ID 6266

Expression of Interest for those seeking a Mechanical Fitter & Turner Apprenticeship in the Western Sydney Region

Undertake Mechanical Apprenticeships in Australia

MIGAS has been connecting businesses and leading employers with skilled people across Australia for more than 30 years. The partnerships we’ve built in the business community allow us to offer mechanical engineering apprenticeships and other opportunities throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. MIGAS is committed to providing the industry’s best apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, and we maintain our registration as a GTO to ensure we’re providing pathways that help people advance their careers.

You can browse mechanical engineering apprenticeships on our website at any time, or contact us if you’d like more information about our opportunities. You can also call the MIGAS team on 1300 464 427 if you’d like to chat with us directly.

Hire Mechanical Apprentices for Your Business

MIGAS continues to deliver leading apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities through the support of our business community. Our end-to-end recruitment solution means we can place skilled people into mechanical engineering apprenticeships within your business. Whether you’re looking to train the next generation of mechanical engineers or expand your business, MIGAS can find the skilled candidates you need.
Contact us today if you’d like to enquire about hiring an apprentice through MIGAS.