NCAT Engineering Students Work With Banyule Nillumbik Tech School Learning Specialist

Engineering Studies Extension Projects

NCAT is a partner school of the Banyule Nillumbik TECH SCHOOL (BNTS). Although NCAT has an excellent Engineering workshop, the Tech School has some future-focused technologies we do not have. Together with BNTS staff, students can produce very individual engineering studies projects.

With this intention, BNTS Learning Technologist Anthony Gasson recently worked with our trainer Frank and one of our Certificate II Engineering students.

Consequently, our student Salih designed a 1:1 scale chess board with accompanying custom-designed chess pieces. With our trainer working in our workshop and with Anthony working at the Tech School, Salih was able to make his ambitious design. Under Anthony’s guidance, Salih was able use the waterjet-cutter, laser cutter and 3D printers. Over four months Salih used raw, unpolished brass to create his engineering project

Another great engineering studies project was made by Dimitra. After engineering students complete all their standard practical exercises they have the option of making their own engineering project. Dimitra  researched and designed her own toolbox with hand cut metal pieces riveted together by hand. This took over three months and she produced a high quality product of which everyone is very proud.

Both of these students are still in their first year of the Certificate II in Engineering Studies at NCAT. We are looking forward to what they will produce in their second year in 2023.

BNTS and NCAT Value Partnerships

BNTS staff were astounded by the incredible work achieved at NCAT. They are grateful for the support from our Principal Raffaela and staff in establishing and maintaining the partnership. NCAT also values this partnership with Banyule Nillumbik Tech School. We would like to thank Anthony Gasson for sharing his knowledge and skills.

Other Schools Students Can Enrol in NCAT Engineering

Both Salih a student at Mill Park Secondary College and Dimitra a Charles La Trobe College student attend NCAT one half a day per week for two years to complete the Certificate II in Engineering Studies.

Salih hopes to become a mechanical / aerospace engineer in the future. Dimitra is passionate about women in the STEM workforce and aspires to be a mechanical / structural engineer.

Undoubtedly the NCAT Engineering Studies course designed with qualification pathways in mind, gives students the perfect foundation to start them on their journey.

Read more about the NCAT Engineering course we teach – 22470VIC Certificate II in Engineering Studies at NCAT

and here is the link to the VCAA VCE VET Engineering Studies




Engineering Studies

Immerse yourself in a project based, hands on course in engineering. Start your career in an area which has so many specialties for you to choose from.

Balance the design and planning elements with learning how to use industry standard tools in a purpose-built engineering workshop created for this exact purpose. Manage engineering based projects, undertake processes and learn the industry you are about to enter, inside and out.

Early career starts are available for VCE and VCE VM students seeking a career in engineering. Students can integrate a VET Certificate II in Engineering within a VCE or VCAL syllabus. Develop skills in machining, fabrication and the safe use of power tools. Use computer controlled lathes (CNC), lasers, and computer aided drafting (CAD) to create projects and your own equipment for use in the trade. A major project is completed at the end of the units 3+ 4.

You can read about two NCAT student Certificate II Engineering projects completed here.

Engineering Studies enables you to:


Develop the skills to work with a range of equipment and tools.


Produce engineering components.


Undertake a major product and document the process.


Make vice soft jaws, a sheet metal tool caddy, centre punch, soft face mallet or an engineer’s square.

Recent years have seen a shift in industry demand for fields such as engineering, manufacturing, automation, control technologies, mechatronics, electrotechnology, robotics, and energy management.

TestimonialsAnh (Kitty) Chau (Engineering Student)

“I want to do architecture when I'm older. At the end of the two-year course, we get a certificate saying that we've completed our engineering studies and it's just something else to add to my portfolio for university or entering the workforce.”

TestimonialsMichael Stapmanns (Engineering Student)

“Thanks to my experience at NCAT I was finally able to decide what direction to take and that engineering was what I wanted to do. My results in this course, thanks to the terrific teachers and learning environment at NCAT, gave my ATAR score a big boost…there was a clear link between theory and practice.”

TestimonialsDaniel Knot (Head of Department, Technology)

“A student can come here for three years: years 10, 11 and 12. They can do between four and five different certificates so that by the end of it they will definitely know what they want to do.”

TestimonialsAnh (Kitty) Chau (Engineering Student)

“Our engineering teacher used to help build and design planes for Boeing and when we found out we asked, “What are you doing here”? He replied, “I come here just for you guys.”

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Student working in NCAT Certificate II in Engineering workshop

Course Structure

NCAT's Certificate II in Engineering is a project-based, hand-on course delivered in a simulated workplace environment in the NCAT Engineering workshop. The course provides students with the skills and knowledge to pursue an apprenticeship in the engineering trades or with a foundation for professional engineering roles. Units 1 & 2 cover areas in computer technology and using hand and power tools.

We deliver a general course including some elective units from fabrication, machining and engineering technical pathways. Units 3 & 4 offers scored assessment and incorporates units such as producing basic engineering sketches and drawings, handling engineering materials, performing computations (for the VCE stream only).

You can read about two NCAT student Certificate II Engineering projects completed here.

Activities & Task

Projects made in Engineering Units 1 & 2 include vice soft jaws, sheet metal tool caddy, centre punch, soft face mallet and an engineer’s square. Students doing Engineering Units 3 & 4 are required to construct a major project and document the project in a portfolio.


Students wanting a study score for the Certificate II in Engineering can undertake scored assessment. Practical project work is assessed by observation and questioning, written tasks and tests are assessed using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process with multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency. Students must attend 80% of all classes and successfully complete all units of competency to obtain their certificate II qualification.

Students are recommended to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Year 9 – 10 basic language, literacy and numeracy levels are desired. If you have any individual needs please contact us to discuss the options available to you.