Subject focus: Courses in engineering trades in Australia

  • Study locksmithing. Photo credit: Melbourne PolytechnicStudy locksmithing. Photo credit: Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Study locksmithing. Photo credit: Melbourne PolytechnicStudy locksmithing. Photo credit: Melbourne Polytechnic

This subject focus looks at courses in engineering trades. These courses are popular with students who would like to work in the engineering trades, but would prefer to study in a vocational environment.

Engineering trades covers a wide range of courses in different types of engineering - from locksmithing to automotive engineering, oil and gas to civil.  Students will also find a wide range of levels of study, from certificates all the way through to a bachelor degree.

Contact Study Options if you want to find out more about studying engineering trades at colleges in Australia and New Zealand, we can help you find a course to suit you.

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Diploma of Engineering Technology (Locksmithing) at Melbourne Polytechnic

Locksmithing is a trade that has been around for many centuries, although the skill involved in the creation, repair or replacement of a lock is routinely underestimated in our day-to-day lives.  Until that is, your key is lost, or your house or car is broken into; it happens all the time and everywhere, so the opportunities available to qualified locksmiths are near endless! By training to become a locksmith you will work on developing a wide range of skills, from replacing a traditional door lock, to repairing locking mechanisms in cars, or setting up security systems.

The Diploma of Engineering Technology with a speciality in Security Engineering is a two year course offered to international students at only one institution in Australia; Melbourne Polytechnic.The locksmithing tutors have many years of experience of locksmithing both trading and teaching, and were recently invited to showcase their Biometric Lock invention on the ABC New Inventors programme.

During the course your areas of study would include:

  • client relationships
  • power tools/hand held
  • key production
  • lock mechanisms
  • basic machining processes
  • basic fabrication techniques
  • automotive security systems
  • mechanical access control systems
  • security containers
  • mechanical security for buildings

Melbourne Polytechnic has close links with industry and you will have the opportunity to gain work experience with local locksmiths alongside other students from your course, which will put you in a great position to get a job in the trade once you’ve graduated.

Read about Malayasian student, Reagan Ng's experience of studying at Melbourne Polytechnic

To study the Diploma of Engineering Technology (locksmithing), you will also need to complete the Certificate III in Locksmithing.  The Certificate III is 1.5 years study and the Diploma is 0.5 years study.

Programme details (Certificate III & Diploma)

Duration: 2 years

Start: Semester 1 (February), semester 2 (July) or mid-year

Course fee: Approx. AU$14,500 per year

Entry requirements: Year 12 studies to include maths or physics

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