Qualification details

MEM40412 - Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MEM40422 - Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting 18/Dec/2022

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 15/Sep/2013
(View details for release 2) 20/Dec/2012
(View details for release 1) 25/Jun/2012

Units of competency

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MEM09213A - Produce schematic drawings for hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power systemsProduce schematic drawings for hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power systemsSupersededN/A
MEM12024A - Perform computationsPerform computationsSupersededN/A
MEM09201A - Work effectively in an engineering drafting workplaceWork effectively in an engineering drafting workplaceSupersededN/A
MEM09209A - Detail bearings, seals and other componentry in mechanical drawingsDetail bearings, seals and other componentry in mechanical drawingsSupersededN/A
MEM05051A - Select welding processesSelect welding processesSupersededN/A
MSS402002A - Sustain process improvementsSustain process improvementsSupersededN/A
MEM30012A - Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environmentApply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environmentSupersededCore
MEM30024A - Participate in quality assurance techniquesParticipate in quality assurance techniquesSupersededN/A
MEM30011A - Set up basic pneumatic circuitsSet up basic pneumatic circuitsSupersededN/A
MEM09210A - Create 3-D solid models using computer-aided design (CAD) systemCreate 3-D solid models using computer-aided design (CAD) systemSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 312500 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons And Technicians 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3125 Mechanical Engineering Associate Professionals 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Technical Engineering 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312500 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons And Technicians 03/Dec/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3125 Mechanical Engineering Associate Professionals 03/Dec/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 03/Dec/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 25/Jun/2012 
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Modification History

Release 3 - Imported elective unit UEPMNT419A replaced by UEPMNT419B - no change in outcomes.

Release 2 - Competitive manufacturing (MSACM) units replaced by Competitive Systems and Practices units.

Release 1 - New qualification


This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for a detail draftsperson producing specialist engineering drawings within an engineering or manufacturing work environment.


The qualification has been developed with manufacturing and engineering-related industry sectors as a focus and may be packaged to meet the specific needs of drafting in mechanical and machine construction and maintenance, steel fabrication, other fabrication services and assembly, mechanical services, electrical services, fluid power, piping assembly, and so on.

Application of this qualification involves producing detail drawings according to engineering design intent and required Australian Standards (AS). Skills required include use of computer-aided design (CAD) software functions and ability to apply industry and discipline specific knowledge to produce models, drawings and schematics for specialised engineering-related areas of industry. Skills required include knowledge of engineering principles for the specialised area as well as mathematics together with appropriate drafting skills. The qualification applies to drawings produced to specifications required by designers and to all relevant standards, including AS 1100.101–1992 Technical drawing – General principles. Skills covered may also include information gathering, such as on-site visits, calculations, consultations and research.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for relevant units of competency achieved will be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed MEM30505 Certificate III in Engineering - Technical, or MSA30208 Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology, or other relevant qualifications.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification include the MSA50108 Diploma of Manufacturing Technology (Structural Steel Detailing stream) or the MEM50211 Diploma of Engineering - Technical.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Read, interpret, follow and communicate information on written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents
  • Produce sketches, diagrams, charts or graphs
  • Check and clarify work-related information
  • Provide clear and precise information to others, including team members, apprentices and production employees
  • Produce engineering drawings complete with all references and notations to communicate design detail
  • Recognise and use common engineering terminology and symbols
  • Liaise with appropriate authorities


  • Work alone or as part of a team
  • Contribute to a group effort in order to plan and carry out work
  • Identify work roles, communicate and cooperate with others

Problem solving

  • Undertake numerical operations, geometry and calculations/formulae, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, percentages and proportions, simple ratios and averages
  • Use engineering measuring techniques
  • Inspect quality of own or other employee's work
  • Assess operation and condition of equipment against specifications
  • Analyse information from drawings, design documents, manuals and reports
  • Develop, implement and evaluate solutions to problems
  • Translate designs into drawing documents

Initiative and enterprise

  • Be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts
  • Identify actual and foreseeable workplace hazards during course of work
  • Implement OHS risk management procedures
  • Modify work plan to overcome unforeseen difficulties or developments that occur as work progresses
  • Participate in improvement procedures, including process, quality and internal/external customer/supplier relationships
  • Economise material and energy use and minimise waste

Planning and organising

  • Plan, prioritise and sequence work operations to ensure completion of activities within schedules
  • Organise and analyse information relevant to work
  • Set up jobs prior to commencement of work, including selection of appropriate tools and equipment


  • Carry out work safely and in accordance with company policy and procedures, environmental and other legislative requirements
  • Monitor performance of own and other's work to ensure customer satisfaction, efficiency and sustainability
  • Take responsibility for own work outcomes
  • Apply techniques, procedures, tools and equipment for compliance with project specifications
  • Ensure work complies with industry standards


  • Check and clarify task-related information with appropriate personnel, engineer or designer
  • Identify internal or external customer requirements with respect to the work to be performed
  • Assess and modify own work practices
  • Use equipment manuals, online help and other reference materials, such as catalogues/lists, as required
  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable standards, legislation, environmental and other codes of practice and product/process developments
  • Assist with on-the-job training and assessment


  • Select, set up and use appropriate tools and equipment
  • Select and use appropriate measuring devices to ensure compliance with tolerances and other specifications
  • Navigate technology to access/input/store/retrieve/save and produce information/data using appropriate software applications
  • Apply knowledge of appropriate engineering principles, techniques, procedures, diagnostic methods, tools and equipment to achieve the required outcome
  • Check equipment and instruments for accuracy
  • Improve efficiency of equipment in order to minimise waste

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the MEM40412 Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting, competency must be achieved in fifteen (15)  units of competency:

  • four (4)  core units of competency
  • eleven (11)  elective units of competency, chosen as described below.


Units marked with an asterisk have one or more prerequisite requirements. The prerequisites for these units are to be counted in the total number of units required in the elective group. Please refer to the individual units for details.

Core units of competency 

The following four (4)  units must be chosen.

Unit code 

Unit title 


Organise and communicate information


Interact with computing technology


Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective units of competency 

Select eleven (11)  elective units:

  • a minimum of eight (8)  from Group A below
  • the balance may be chosen from Group A or Group B General Electives.

A maximum of two (2)  general electives may be imported from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available at Certificate III or IV level.

Group A – Specialisation units 

Unit code 

Unit title 



Interpret technical drawing


Work effectively in an engineering drafting workplace


Produce freehand sketches


Measure and sketch site information


Produce basic engineering detail drawings



Produce electrical schematic drawings



Produce drawings for mechanical services



Produce drawings for reticulated services



Detail fasteners and locking devices in mechanical drawings



Detail bearings, seals and other componentry in mechanical drawings



Create 3-D solid models using computer-aided design (CAD) system



Produce drawings or models for industrial piping



Produce detailed drawings of steel to non-steel connections



Produce schematic drawings for hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power systems



Interpret and produce curved 3-D shapes and patterns


Prepare plans for pipe and duct fabrication



Participate in drafting projects for building services



Prepare drawings for fabricated sheet metal products



Apply surface modelling techniques to 3-D drawings



Create 3-D model assemblies using computer-aided design (CAD) system



Perform engineering measurements


Perform basic statistical quality control


Report technical information



Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements


Produce basic engineering drawings


Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models



Work safely in the construction industry


Estimate and cost work


Interpret architectural and engineering design specifications for structural steel detailing



Detail bolts and welds for structural steelwork connections



Detail standardised structural connections



Detail structural steel members



Detail ancillary steelwork



Perform civil drafting

Group B – General electives 

Unit code 

Unit title 



Select welding processes


Perform computations


Provide advanced customer service


Calculate force systems within simple beam structures



Calculate stresses in simple structures



Select common engineering materials


Apply basic economic and ergonomic concepts to evaluate engineering applications


Set up basic hydraulic circuits


Set up basic pneumatic circuits


Assist in the preparation of a basic workplace layout


Assist in the analysis of a supply chain


Use resource planning software systems in manufacturing



Prepare a simple cost estimate for a manufactured product


Participate in quality assurance techniques



Analyse a simple electrical system circuit



Work in a socially diverse environment


Participate in product engineering


Sustain process improvements


Apply cost factors to work practices


Apply quality standards

Custom Content Section

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