Engineering, Construction and Mining

Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Creating drawings using CAD
  • Production of engineering graphics
  • Drafting/Engineering mathematical techniques

Certificate III in Engineering - Technical (Drafting)

This course will introduce you to the discipline of drafting in an engineering environment. This is the first step towards a career in drafting. The purpose of the course is to familiarise you with 2D and 3D drafting environments and engineering graphics conventions.

This is a general course which provides you with an overview of the various industries that you could find employment in: construction, manufacturing, resources or government. The course incorporates some hands on workshop elements in order to provide students with some insight into the processes and considerations that drafters must incorporate into their work.

Course Overview

Course Code:WT41 (National ID: MEM30505) 
Careers:Drafter - Trainee/Junior (mechanical, fabrication, civil, structural engineering) 

Six months (1 semester) full time.

How:Full time 
Where:PERTH CAMPUS - Building 2
30 Aberdeen Street

Intake:Semester 1, Semester 2 
International study available:Yes 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:No 

About the course

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This course provides a stepping stone into the broader engineering drafting industries. In 20 weeks with us, you'll become familiar with CAD packages: AutoCAD and SolidWorks or AutoCAD 3D, and how to set out engineering drawings according to Australian Standards. You will participate in hands on workshop projects that will introduce you to mechanical, manufacturing, engineering and construction concepts.

These projects will assist you develop your understanding of how drawings are transformed into buildings and manufactured items.   You'll also gain skills in modern office practices, communication, OSH, quality controls, basic computations and sustainability concepts. For details about all the subjects offered in the Certificate III in Engineering download the Course Map.

By studying at Central you'll benefit from our new facilities at 30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge. As a Central student, you will also be eligible to download and install CAD software on your home PC in order to practice your skills.

Where this course can lead you

By studying a mechanical engineering qualification at Central you'll be entering an industry where mechanical drafters and engineering technicians are in high demand. 

Your Certificate III - Engineering - Technical (Drafting) prepares you for roles such as:

  • Drafter - Trainee/Junior (mechanical, fabrication, civil, structural engineering

Your Certificate III in Engineering - Technical (Drafting) opens the door for further Engineering qualifications at Central. With a higher qualification you can improve employment and earning potential.

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's mechanical engineering qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Create drawings with CAD

  • Create engineering graphics

  • Perform basic computations

  • Develop an awareness of manufacturing and construction concepts

Course Structure

Plan:WT41 - CU1108 - PSC 
Description:Complete 10 units: 3 core and 7 elective units 

Available Groups


Description: Learners to complete all four (4) units listed below

NumberNational IDTitle
D3655MSAENV272BParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices
W5449MEM12024APerform computations
W5451MEM16006AOrganise and communicate information
W5452MEM16008AInteract with computing technology


Description: Learners to complete all two (2) units listed below

NumberNational IDTitle
W5563MEM18001CUse hand tools
W7333LMTGN4016AContribute to the development of products or processes


Description: Learners to complete all four (4) units listed below

NumberNational IDTitle
W5426MEM30001AUse computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings
W5427MEM30002AProduce basic engineering graphics
W5443MEM30004AUse CAD to create and display 3D models
WB068RIICCM203ARead and interpret plans and specifications

Information for international students

Central is one of Australia's largest VET colleges, and trains around 1700 students from more than 85 countries each year. In 2010, we were the inaugural winner of Western Australia's International Training Provider of the Year award and were again given this award in 2011.

Our campuses are conveniently located near the centre of Perth's CBD, making them easy to access via public transport. Central boasts excellent, state of the art facilities and resources and a friendly, safe and secure learning environment.
As a graduate, you are ensured direct pathways to further qualifications at Western Australian universities, or alternatively, the job ready skills you need to succeed in your career straight away.

We offer a dedicated International Centre which is focused on servicing International students, helping you with your personal and academic needs. Staff offer friendly, specialised support and guidance from your initial contact through to your graduation, to ensure that your experience at Central is enjoyable and rewarding.

Visit our international pages to find out more about studying at Central and life in Perth.

Find out from international students about their experiences studying at Central.

Find out about applying to study at Central as an International student.


Courses available to international students at Central are delivered in partnership with Education and Training International RTO Provider No: 52395 CRICOS Provider Code: 00020G


Getting into this course


Entrance Requirements

In order to gain entry into this course you must demonstrate developed maths and communication skills.

For school leavers:

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement. A text version of this table is available here

For non-school leavers:

If you are not coming straight from school you still need to provide us with evidence that demonstrates you can meet the above entry requirement. The Training WA website has a skills calculator that can help you identify what previous experiences you can use as evidence. 

Entry into Apprenticeships & Traineeships

The process for gaining a traineeship or an apprenticeship is quite different to entry into a full time or part time course studied on campus. The first, and most important, requirement is for you to find an employer who will take you on. With this employer you will then set up a training contract which specifies your work, your training and the length of time you will be contracted for. Training will be a combination of "on the job" training and in class study. One of the best places to start looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship is the ApprentiCentre. They can be also be called on 13 19 54.

The Application Process

The process for applying for a course at Central depends on whether you are a local or international student and the way that you will be studying: full time, part time, as an apprentice or trainee.

Our future students area of the website includes a handy guide to help you through the process depending on what type of student you are, and how you are planning on studying.

Find out more information about the process to apply, enrol and pay.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

Fee information

Domestic full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.

Tuition fees:

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Full course approximate tuition fee based on the 1 semesters it takes to complete full time: $1540.56

Resource fees:

The resource fees cover the materials and services required to complete a unit.

Approximate resource fee for the full course: $253.00

Paying your fees:
Both tuition and resource fees for the upcoming semester should be paid in full at the time of enrolment.
Find out how and where to pay for your course

Financial assistance:

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a concession (50% of the tuition fees) and if you are experiencing financial difficulties you may qualify for an instalment plan.

Find out more about financial assistance


International students:
The total course cost for international students is $6,500 (duration 6 months). You will need to pay your course fees to ETI when you accept your offer.


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