MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering – Technical Heating, ventilation and air conditioning

National ID
MEM50212
WA Course Code
WB87
CRICOS code
079078C
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Why choose this course?

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) form an integral part of any commercial building construction and have a major impact on the built environment, human comfort and energy use. If you have an interest in this industry then completing qualification is a great start to a career in this expanding industry.

During your studies you will develop a number of skills including the ability to design and implement HVAC systems using thermodynamics principles, an understanding of psychometric processes and the principles of energy management. You will have opportunities to use building information modelling software, produce engineering drawings and understand the requirements of workplace health and safety. On completion of your studies you will have all the basic fundamentals and confidence to work with a number of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems used across a number of industries.

The HVAC facilities on Carlisle campus are considered to be Western Australia’s premier centre for heating, ventilation and air conditioning studies. The purpose built facility is among the best in the southern hemisphere.

It is important to be aware that this is an engineering-based qualification and will not result in a trade qualification being issued.

You can also extend your studies by enrolling into the HVAC pathway of MEM60112 Advanced Diploma of Engineering for a further year.

Career opportunities

  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Engineer

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Equivalent to Australian Year 12 with a pass in Year 11 Maths is required for entry into this course.

HVAC pathway - WA State Code WB87. 

Please refer to the Non-Tuition Fees section of your Letter of Offer for any additional requirements where a cost may be incurred.

Your study options

Semester 1, 2024

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $612
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 12
MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering – Technical Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
HVAC - WB87
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 20 units. These 20 are comprised of 5 core units and 15 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
  • MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
  • MEM30007A Select common engineering materials
  • MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
  • MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CPPBDN5013A Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects
  • MEM12024A Perform computations
  • MEM22002A Manage self in the engineering environment
  • MEM23003A Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations
  • MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics
  • MEM23006A Apply fluid and thermodynamics principles in engineering
  • MEM23007A Apply calculus to engineering tasks
  • MEM23109A Apply engineering mechanics principles
  • MEM23140A Determine operational parameters for building HVAC hydronic systems
  • MEM23142A Determine psychrometric processes and system performance
  • MEM23143A Apply energy management principles
  • MEM23154A Analyse and service HVACR systems
  • MEM30026A Select and test components for simple electronic switching and timing circuits
  • MEM30031A Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements
  • MEM30032A Produce basic engineering drawings

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written tests, practical demonstration of skills including role plays and structured assessment activities such as developing project and operational plans, preparing reports, projects and evidence portfolios.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations and class handouts, DA manuals, Australian standards regulations, drawings, specialised software such as Microsoft Office, CAD, BIM and Heat load estimation software, student copy of Autodesk products including AutoCAD and Revit and a free student membership to the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH).

Facilities and equipment may include access to classrooms with desktops, materials testing laboratories and equipment, refrigeration and air conditioning trainers and the Library.  You will also have use of the purpose-built training facility at Carlisle campus where you can interact with HVAC technology.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $612
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 12
MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering – Technical Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
HVAC - WB87
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 20 units. These 20 are comprised of 5 core units and 15 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
  • MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
  • MEM30007A Select common engineering materials
  • MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
  • MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CPPBDN5013A Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects
  • MEM12024A Perform computations
  • MEM22002A Manage self in the engineering environment
  • MEM23003A Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations
  • MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics
  • MEM23006A Apply fluid and thermodynamics principles in engineering
  • MEM23007A Apply calculus to engineering tasks
  • MEM23109A Apply engineering mechanics principles
  • MEM23140A Determine operational parameters for building HVAC hydronic systems
  • MEM23142A Determine psychrometric processes and system performance
  • MEM23143A Apply energy management principles
  • MEM23154A Analyse and service HVACR systems
  • MEM30026A Select and test components for simple electronic switching and timing circuits
  • MEM30031A Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements
  • MEM30032A Produce basic engineering drawings

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written tests, practical demonstration of skills including role plays and structured assessment activities such as developing project and operational plans, preparing reports, projects and evidence portfolios.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations and class handouts, DA manuals, Australian standards regulations, drawings, specialised software such as Microsoft Office, CAD, BIM and Heat load estimation software, student copy of Autodesk products including AutoCAD and Revit and a free student membership to the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH).

Facilities and equipment may include access to classrooms with desktops, materials testing laboratories and equipment, refrigeration and air conditioning trainers and the Library. You will also have use of the purpose-built training facility at Carlisle campus where you can interact with HVAC technology.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.

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TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. This nationally recognised course is delivered by a Western Australian TAFE college on TIWA's behalf. TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students.

Last updated on December 1, 2022