Certificate III in Engineering – Electrical/Electronic Trade

The MEM30405 Certificate III in Engineering – Electrical/Electronic Trade is a technical qualification for individuals who want to work as an electrician or electronic technician. It covers the knowledge and skills required to install, maintain, and repair electrical and electronic systems and equipment in a range of settings, including residential, commercial, and industrial.

Qualification description

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson – Electrical/Electronic within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or other industries where Engineering Tradespersons – Electrical/ Electronic work. The qualification has been specifically developed for apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The Certificate III in Engineering – Electrical/Electronic Trade specifies the competencies required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson – Electrical/Electronic including the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of all electrical and electronic devices systems, equipment and controls e.g. electrical wiring, motors, generators, PLCs, and other electronic controls, instruments, refrigeration, telecommunications, radio and television, communication and information processing.

Employment outcomes related to this qualification are found in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors as well as Engineering Tradesperson – Electrical/Electronic trade related roles in other industries.


This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as an Engineering Tradesperson – Electrical/Electronic. Skills development would usually be undertaken through an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement where the mix of on and off-the-job training would be specified in the Training Plan associated with the Contract of Training between the employer and apprentice.
Assessment of some units of competency must, where indicated, include evidence of the candidate’s performance in a productive work environment where there is a sufficient range of appropriate tasks and materials to cover the scope of application of those units. All outcomes must reflect the standard of performance inherent in the job.
Occupational titles at the enterprise level covered by this qualification may vary and include engineering tradesperson – electrical/electronic, electrical fitter, electrical mechanic, electrical fitter/mechanic, electrician, refrigeration mechanic and radio tradesperson.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Pathways into the qualification

While there is no qualification entry requirement, it is assumed that the learner is engaged as an apprentice under a Training Contract and that the learner is receiving appropriate structured on-the-job training while undertaking this qualification.

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for relevant units of competency achieved should be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed MEM10105 Certificate I in Engineering, MEM10205 Certificate I in Boating Services, MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering, MEM20205 Certificate II in Engineering – Production Technology or other relevant qualifications. Credit towards this qualification may also include units of competency contained within relevant pre-vocational and pre-apprenticeship programs and Statements of Attainment.

Pathways from the qualification
Further training pathways from this qualification include MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering, MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing, MSA40108 Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology or other relevant qualifications.

Additional qualification advice
An additional descriptor may be added to this qualification title to illustrate a particular skills profile.
This could be achieved by adding a pathway descriptor or sentence below the formal title of the qualification. Note that no changes may be made to the qualification title and the use of one of these descriptors to a qualification does not change the qualification’s formal title or unique national code.
There are no specific requirements associated with the use of these descriptors other than their use should reflect the nature of the choice of units of competency in the qualification and must be consistent with the work role of an Engineering Tradesperson – Electrical/Electronic.
Reference to other occupational or functional pathways consistent with the role of an Engineering Tradesperson – Electrical/Electronic may be included on any qualification statement that is issued.
Competitive Manufacturing qualifications are available for employees at this level who already possess trade and other technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.

Licensing considerations
If appropriate electives are undertaken this qualification can be used as the basis for an application in each state and territory for a license to practise as an electrician. It can also be used to satisfy regulations regarding refrigeration and airconditioning work. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Full Qualification Detail

Please refer to the Australian government website for full qualification details.
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