Formula University

Formula Student® is proud to announce our training programs for universities starting in March 2017.

The following FAQ's should answer any queries students have regarding the program. Click on a heading to reveal the answers.

Formula University is our training program for Undergraduates who would like to learn hands-on skills that underpin the learning they develop at University. Our courses give students the opportunity to learn new skills and create an understanding of how objects are manufactured and the skills required in the workplace to manufacture those items.

Students are able to access a range of courses, both Nationally Recognised and not Nationally Recognised. All courses under this program are full fee paying (yet very affordable!) and do not attract any subsidies or government funding. While students may choose which courses to enrol in, all will be enrolled in the Nationally Recognised Qualification MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways. Students who are deemed competent in all of the Qualification's requirements will be awarded a Certificate, and others will receive a Statement of Attainment for courses they are deemed competent in that fall under the Qualification. Please see our Student Handbook for information regards Credit Transfers for courses already undertaken at another Training Organisation.

While we have a range of courses available, not all courses are offered at the one time, and the courses on offer at a particular time may vary.

To enrol in a course, there are two steps:

1. Firstly, you must become a client of Formula Student™. This can be done by filling out the form which is accessed from the "Become a Student" button on the front page of the Formula Student™ Website.
2. Secondly, you enrol in a class. To enrol in a class you must be logged in to the Student Portal, found on the top right corner of the Formula Student™ Website (this is only available to Students who have completed Step 1 above). can then enrol in a class.
3. Your enrolment will be confirmed once you have paid the fee for the course you enrol in.
When enrolling in a course on-line (see "How to enrol in a Formula University course") the form will ask you for Credit or Debit Card details.

The classes to be on offer under the Formula University banner are generally clustered together and will provide students with the following skills:

• Hand tools (Nationally Recognised Training and delivered as MEM18001C - Use Hand Tools under our MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways)
• Power tools (Nationally Recognised Training and delivered as MEM18002B - Use Power Tools/Hand Held Operations under our MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways)
• Welding: including Electric Welding MIG, Electric Welding TIG aluminium and Electric Welding ARC (Nationally Recognised Training and delivered as MEMPE002A - Use Electric Welding Machines under our MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways)
• Fabrication: including Fabrication 101, Fabrication intermediate and Fabrication metal shaping (Nationally Recognised Training and delivered as MEMPE004A - Use Fabrication Equipment under our MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways)
• Manual Lathe (Nationally Recognised Training and delivered as part of MEMPE001A - Use Engineering Workshop Machines under our MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways)
• CNC( Computer Numerical Control):  LATHE, and MILLING (Nationally Recognised Training and delivered as part of MEMPE001A - Use Engineering Workshop Machines under our MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways)
• CAD (Computer Aided Design) - Inventor  (Nationally Recognised Training and delivered as part of MEM16008A - Interact with Computing Technology under our MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways)
• CAD Digitising (6 axis digitising arm) - Rhino 3D  (Nationally Recognised Training and delivered as part of MEM16008A - Interact with Computing Technology under our MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways)
• CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) - HSM/Inventor  (Nationally Recognised Training and delivered as part of MEM16008A - Interact with Computing Technology under our MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways)
• Basic Foundry (aluminium) - TBA
• 3D printing - TBA

Other Nationally Recognised units of competency required as part of the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways will be clustered among the offerings above and include:

• MEMPE006A Undertake a Basic Engineering Project
• MSAENV272B Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
• MEM13014A Apply Principles of Occupational Health and Safety in the Work Environment
• MSAPMSUP106A Work in a Team
• MEMPE005A Develop a Career Plan for the Engineering and Manufacturing Industry
• MEM16006A Organise and Communicate Information

Students enrol in the full Qualification, MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways, and study towards the qualification by enrolling in "equipment focused classes" to develop skills and knowledge in a range of Units of Competency(UoC). By participating in the equipment focused classes, trainers gather evidence of satisfactory skills as deemed by observable behaviors and the students have the opportunity to be deemed competent over time in clustered UoC.

Students undertake classwork and projects that contain elements, skills and knowledge from the various UoC (as listed above).  For more information on the UoC in the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways as delivered by Formula student® CLICK HERE

Prerequisite

No Pre-Requisites required

Class Descriptor

Hand tools are the underpinning skill for all activities going forward. It’s a skill that is often overlooked, with most students believing they “already possess” basic skills. Unfortunately, as tradesmen, we can see this isn’t the case.

The Hand Tools/Power Tools 101 class will see students introduced to a range of hand and power tools such as hacksaws, files, angle grinders, spanners, screwdrivers, torque wrenches amongst others. Students will also be introduced to techniques and uses of marking out tools such as scribes, rulers, vernier height gauges etc, along with the correct use of datums and other marking out procedures. In addition to this students will be introduced to correct use of measuring equipment such as rules and vernier calipers.

Most classes run by Formula Student require the Hand/Power Tools 101 class as a pre-requisite for enrolment into future classes as those skills will be required for most activities. Developing basic hand and power tools skills is fundamental for students to be able to carry out more advanced skill sets utilising those skills correctly.

An example of where the Hand/Power Tools 101 skills come into play is the “CNC operation” class. This course requires the use of hand tools skills at a level to operate machines both safely and reducing risk of damage to machines. Correct use of hand tools is paramount and the CNC class doesn't cover or teach the use of hand tools used as hand tool skills will be presumed. It would disadvantage a student if they haven’t already learnt the basics.

The activities carried out in the Hand Tools/Power Tools 101 class are mapped to a range of Units of Competency embedded within the MEM20413 certificate II in Engineering Pathways and with the use of observable behaviours our staff are able to collect evidence that will go towards competency in a range of units.

So armed with this knowledge, we suggest you enrol in this course early on so you’re ready to tackle the more difficult skillsets.

Prerequisite

No Pre-Requisites required

Class Descriptor

The Formula Student Fabrication 101 class introduces students to methods of shaping sheet metal to create a 3 dimensional object. The 101 class uses equipment such as sheet metal folders, guillotines, rollers and other basic metal shaping equipment.

Students will also be introduced to techniques and uses of marking out and basic hand tools such as scribes, rulers, hacksaws and hand files etc, along with the correct use of datums and other marking out procedures. In addition to this students will be introduced to correct use of measuring equipment such as rules and tape measures.

Other classes run by Formula Student in the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways may require the Fabrication 101 course as a pre-requisite for enrolment into those classes as those underpinning skills will be required for these activities. By developing basic fabrication skills students will be able to carry out more advanced skill sets utilising those skills correctly.

An example of where the Fabrication 101 skills come into play is the "Fabrication - Intermediate" class. This class requires the use of basic fabrication skills at a level to be able to fabricate more complex items in aluminium. These items are then used by students in the Aluminium TIG class for example, which also has pre-requisites.

The activities carried out in the Fabrication 101 class are mapped to a range of Units of Competency embedded within the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways and with the use of observable behaviours our staff are able to collect evidence that will go towards competency in a range of clustered units.

Prerequisite

No Pre-Requisites required

Class Descriptor

The Formula Student Electric Welding 101- MIG class introduces students to MIG welding basics on light guage material up to 5mm.

Students will learn about the particular skillset required to be able both set up and use a MIG welder. In addition to the MIG knowledge, students will also learn fundamental skills such as how metal behaves with heat and cooling, which creates both expansion and contraction.

During the course, students will learn the skills and techniques required to carry out different weld types such as Pad welds, Butt welds, Fillet welds, Outside corner welds etc.

Other classes run by Formula Student in the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways may require the Welding 101 - MIG course as a pre-requisite for enrolment into those classes as those underpinning skills will be required for these activities. By developing basic electric welding skills and understandings, students will be able to carry out more advanced skill sets utilising those skills and knowledge correctly.

An example of where the Electric Welding 101 - MIG skills come into play is the Electric Welding - TIG - Mild Steel class. This class requires the use of basic foundation welding skills which have previously been developed and are then transferable to the different skill set required for TIG welding. These skills are then used by students in the Electric Welding - TIG - Aluminium for example, which requires the skills learnt in the Electric Welding - TIG - Mild Steel class. This "scaffolding" of learning will develop skills with underpinning knowledge and assist the student to move to the next level.

The activities carried out in the Electric Welding - 101 - MIG class are mapped to a range of Units of Competency embedded within the MEM20413 certificate II in Engineering Pathways and with the use of observable behaviours our staff are able to collect evidence that will go towards competency in a range of clustered units.

Prerequisite

Electric Welding 101 - MIG

Class Descriptor

The Formula Student Electric Welding - TIG- Mild Steel class introduces students to TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding basics on light guage material up to 2mm. This course develops skills that build on from the Electric Welding 101 course and these new skills can be applied in other courses going forward. When students learn metal shaping for example and need to weld sheet metal together that will require being worked with a hammer and dolly, the TIG welder will be utilised and not the MIG due to the characteristics of the welding process.

Students will learn about the particular skillset required to be able both set up and use a TIG welder. In addition to the TIG knowledge, students will also learn fundamental skills such as how metal behaves with heat and cooling, which creates both expansion and contraction.

During the course, students will learn the skills and techniques required to carry out different weld types such as Pad welds, Butt welds, Fillet welds, Outside corner welds etc. using the TIG welder and manual wire feed.

Other classes run by Formula Student in the MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways may require the Electric Welding - TIG - Mild Steel class as a pre-requisite for enrolment into those classes as the underpinning skills will be required for these activities. By developing basic TIG welding skills and understandings, students will be able to carry out more advanced skill sets utilising those skills and knowledge correctly.

This "scaffolding" of learning will develop skills with underpinning knowledge and assist the student to move to the next level.

The activities carried out in the Electric Welding - TIG - Mild Steel class are mapped to a range of Units of Competency embedded within the MEM20413 certificate II in Engineering Pathways and with the use of observable behaviours our staff are able to collect evidence that will go towards competency in a range of clustered units.

Class 1 & 2:

Class 1 and 2 have three equipment focused areas. Hand and Power tools 101, Welding 101 and Fabrication 101. There are 5 spots available per area. A spot is reserved once enrolled and credit card payment is received.

Class 1 format: 3 hours per night/ 2 nights per week for 3 weeks (6 sessions)

Class Dates:

Class 1- 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Tuesday March 28/Wednesday March 29

Tuesday April 4/Wednesday April 5

Tuesday April 11/Wednesday April 12

Class 2 format: 2 x 3 hour sessions per day for 3 consecutive days (6 sessions). This class is run during UQ and QUT semester break week.

Class 2- 9.00am - 3.30pm (30 minute break)

Monday 17 April

Tuesday 18 April

Wednesday 19 April

Pricing

Welding 101 - $299.00 (GST exempt) Fabrication 101 -$299.00 (GST exempt)

Hand/Power Tools - \$299.00 (GST exempt)

The equipment and facilities are all top quality and the training centre itself is state of the art. Browse through the photo's below to see what sort of equipment you'll be learning on.

Our Formula University Program classes are run at the Runcorn Trade Training Centre, which can be found at Runcorn State High School on Hill Road, Runcorn (enter at first gate if driving down Hill Road from Daw Road).

The Trade Training Centre is a modern and spacious facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and machinery.

While we try and cover all items required during the learning and assessment, there are some items students will be required to supply and bring to class.

The first and most important are PPE items. PPE stands for "Personal Protective Equipment".

Students will also be required to supply their own stationery.

Student will need to provide the following:

PPE

Long sleeve shirt.

This item is required during any class that involves welding. It must be made from a non-flammable material and it is highly recommended that students purchase a known brand high-visibility style workshirt.

Long pants.

Students are encouraged to wear long pants during all activities, however shorts are OK in hand tools environments. Long trousers are compulsory however when students are involved in activities that require welding to prevent burns due to the range of rays emitted from the welding source, along with radiated heat and sparks.

Protective footwear.

Engineering workplaces and practices require steel capped footwear to be worn during practical activities or while walking in practical based areas and the learning environment is no different. Students are required to have steel capped work boots or shoes to be able to enter the workshop. As the majority of our practical AND theoretical learning takes place in the workshop it will be rare that students won't be required to wear steel capped work shoes/boots.

Protective eye wear/safety glasses.

As with protective footwear, protective eyewear is a standard item when entering engineering workshops. Students are required to provide some form of eye wear/safety glasses that conforms to current Australian Standards. This could be in the form of safety glasses or a faceshield for those who wear prescription glasses. It is the student's responsibility to provide suitable protective eyewear.

**Students will need to supply the preceeding items and wear them during all workshop sessions. Students who arrive at a workshop session without all of the required PPE (as listed on this page), for the student's safety and the safety of others, the student may not be permitted entry to the workshop to participate in the session.

Stationery.

Students are required to provide a range of day to day stationery such as pens, pencils, notebook and other items that they would generally be expected to bring to any other form of theoretical class.

Computer Equipment.

Students are required to provide a laptop suitable for the operation of software such as AutoDesk Inventor. Computer requirements are listed on the websites for those software packages. Formula Student™ will provide a link to for students to download the Student edition versions of AutoDesk Inventor to students who do not already have either of the nominated software packages.

For further computer information go to the contact us link at the top of the screen and send us an email to discuss any question you may have.