MEM: Blacksmithing

Blacksmith training is delivered via a specialisation in MEM31922 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Group F – Blacksmithing Trade specialisation electives).

To better align with current workforce needs in a wider range of blacksmithing subsectors, including engineering and architectural and heritage ironwork we are reviewing the Blacksmith Trade specialisation electives, and developing 2 new units to cover the use of presses for forging.

Timeline

In progress
Initial development
Public and government consultation
Incorporating feedback
Senior Officials check
Submit to Assurance Body
October 2024
Skills Ministers endorsement
In progress
Initial development
Develop initial draft products in line with the Training Product Development Plan, establish Technical Committee.

Status

We have established a Technical Committee to provide expert advice, a pivotal step as we commence development work on the project. As we move forward, we encourage your active involvement where you can provide valuable input on the draft training products.

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Pease direct any questions to solutions@manufacturingalliance.org.au

What we’re reviewing

We're developing two new units to be added to the appropriate elective group:

  • MEM06016 Perform press forging
  • MEM06017 Perform press forging for complex shapes.

As part of this work, qualifications that have blacksmithing units included will require updating.

Technical Committee and Consultation Strategy

A technical committee has been established to provide industry and educational advice on the project, the proposed training products, and the consultation strategy.

Technical Committee members

Name Organisation Stakeholder Type State
Martin Geddes Geddes Blacksmithing SME, educational expert QLD
Pete Matilla Matilla Studio SME, educational expert TAS
Jim Deering Wilkur Forge SME, educational expert VIC
Craig Drew Artist Blacksmith's Association NSW Professional association representative, SME NSW

Public and government consultation
Release draft products for broad stakeholder feedback in line with Consultation Strategy.
Incorporating feedback
Update products in line with feedback, publish summary consultation log on website, determine whether further consultation is required.
Senior Officials check
Seek feedback from Commonwealth, state and territory authorities, amend products as required.
Submit to Assurance Body
Submit final draft products for endorsement/recommendation to Skills Ministers.
October 2024
Skills Ministers endorsement
Final products have been submitted and are awaiting endorsement.

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