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 compliment 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

Boilermaker Apprenticeship

Mount Thorley, NSW | JOB ID 4404

Excellent opportunity to start your fabrication trade career with Bradken in the Hunter Valley!

Sheetmetal Apprenticeship - 2nd or 3rd Year

Picton, NSW | JOB ID 4012

Start or Continue your Cert III in Engineering - Fabrication trade and work with this established organisation.

Mechanical Fitting Apprenticeship

Chinchilla, QLD | JOB ID 4427

Fantastic opportunity for a mechanically minded individual to start an Engineering (Mechanical) Apprenticeship with a leading integrated energy company.

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