Metal Machinist (First Class)

ANZSCO Code: 323214

Metal machinists prepare and use machine tools to shape metal materials and castings with precision, following detailed drawings and specifications.

Occupation description

Metal machinists prepare and use machine tools to shape metal stock and castings with precision, following detailed drawings and specifications.

Their tasks include:

  • Reviewing drawings and specifications to decide on the right materials, methods, and order of operations, as well as machine settings.
  • Fitting metal parts together and assembling them to create machines and equipment.
  • Using precise measuring tools to check fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance, and fit.
  • Adjusting guides, stops, and controls on machining tools, and setting up cutting and shaping tools and dies on machines and presses.
  • Shaping metal stock and castings to precise tolerances using various machining tools such as presses, cutters, grinders, planers, borers, and drills.
  • Identifying problems and performing maintenance on machines, as well as repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment.

Metal machinists might also:

  • Operate NC/CNC machines.
  • Carry out fitting tasks.
  • Perform welding tasks.

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    How will I be assessed?

    Metal Machinist (First Class)

    Stage 1


    Documentary Evidence Assessment

    We’ll assess your documents to ensure they meet the employment and training criteria and demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and experience as a Metal Machinist (First Class).

    Below, you’ll find details regarding the requirements for employment, training, and documents:

    • To learn about the evidence needed for your application, download the Evidence guide.
    • If you’re in pathway 1, you’ll also need information on the assessment process for your occupation, including a video guide and an observation report.
    • Refer to the Pathway 1 Employment Experience Guidelines for details on employment experience requirements for pathway 1 applications.
    • If you’re applying through pathway 2, read the Pathway 2 Candidate Guide for further instructions.

    Stage 2


    Technical Assessment

    If you pass Stage 1, you’ll undergo a technical assessment. For detailed information about this assessment, refer to the Pathway 1 Technical Assessment Guide and the Pathway 2 Candidate Guide.

    What skills and knowledge do I need?

    The qualification applicable to this occupation is the MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade. To earn this qualification, you need to showcase your skills and knowledge in the units of competency listed in the table below. Each unit outlines specific knowledge and skills needed in Australian workplaces. You must complete a total of 31 units of competency, comprising:

    • 12 core units
    • 18 elective units

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    Core Units

    Safety, communication and quality in engineering


    Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering


    Organise and communicate information*


    Plan work activities*


    Undertake manual handling*


    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


    Interact with computing technology*


    Assist in the provision of on-the-job training*


    Perform computations*


    Perform engineering measurements*

    Engineering tools


    Use hand tools*


    Use power tools/hand held operations*


    Interpret technical drawing*

    Elective Units


    Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials*

    Precision measurements


    Perform precision mechanical measurement*


    Use tools for precision work*


    Mark off/out (general engineering)*


    Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components*


    Carry out mechanical cutting*



    Perform general machining*


    Perform lathe operations*


    Perform milling operations*


    Perform grinding operations*


    Perform tool and cutter grinding operations*


    Perform complex milling operations*

    Machining computer processes


    Set computer controlled machines and processes*


    Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes*


    Perform equipment condition monitoring and recording*



    Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities* 


    Use improvement process in team activities* 


    Perform inspection*

    You need to prove your competence in all core and elective units of competency, as well as their respective prerequisite units.

    Note: indicates that a unit requires one or more prerequisite(s).

    How to Apply

    If you’re a tradesperson, your skills and experience will be evaluated by someone who has practical experience in your trade and understands your skills and qualifications. VETASSES is the primary assessment body for trades in Australia, and we can assess 27 different trade occupations.

    Step 1

    Check your eligibility to apply for a Trade Skills Assessment.

    Step 2

    Understand the Assessment Process

    Step 3

    Confirm the type of evidence you may be asked to provide

    Step 4

    Find the cost you’ll need to pay up front for your trade skills assessment

    Step 5

    Apply now.

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