Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus, Part Time
4 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Sale (Fulham), Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre, Yallourn

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Course Overview

There are some vehicles that are small, and then there are the vehicles so big you need a qualification just to touch them! That’s where the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (Apprenticeship) comes in.

In this course, you’ll work on trucks, buses and in the heavy vehicle industry, performing a range of tasks while you gain the skills to be recognised as an expert.

You’ll also learn how to repair and service engines, transmissions, cooling, steering, electrical circuits, air and hydraulic brakes, diesel fuel injection systems and so much more.

Taught over a four-year period, this course will allow you to put your new skills into action right away, gaining hands-on experience and increasing your employment opportunities.

You’ll work closely with our expert teachers, as well as your employer, to ensure your skills are of the highest standard, further increasing your employment opportunities.

And when you finish this qualification, it will open doors to opportunities in sectors that are constantly evolving with new technology and changing needs. You might find yourself working in an automotive heavy commercial vehicle workshop, fleet workshop and or dealership as a qualified heavy commercial vehicle technician.

You might even want to take your studies further with a Certificate IV or Diploma in the automotive industry. We will talk you through everything you need to know about taking those steps if and when you decide you’re ready, because we understand making these choices takes time.

Go on, prove your skills with hands-on experience and impress your future employers with an in-depth understanding of heavy vehicle systems!

Please note, students must be registered and employed in the industry given this being an apprenticeship course.


Campus   Attendance Days
Yallourn (Block Release) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am–4:00pm
Sale (Block Release) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am–4:00pm
Bairnsdale Trade Centre (Day Release) Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am–4:00pm
Leongatha (Day Release) Monday, Tuesday 8:00am–4:00pm
Yallourn (Day Release) Thursday 8:00am–4:00pm
Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre (Day Release) Tuesday, Thursday 8:00am–4:00pm

Apprentices attend either Block release or Day release depending on Student and Location

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (Apprenticeship).

Career Opportunities

Employment in automotive heavy commercial vehicle workshops, fleet workshops and or dealerships as a qualified heavy commercial vehicle technician.

Opportunities for Further Study

Certificate IV or diploma in the automotive industry

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Must be a registered and employed apprentice with a sufficient completion of a language literacy and numeracy assessment.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Completion of year ten secondary studies, 16 years of age

Limitations to entry

  • Not registered and employed apprentice


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



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Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
AURHTE102 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
AURETR124 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURHTF102 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTA118 Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
AURETR122 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURTTX102 Inspect and service manual transmissions
AURTTF105 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
AURTTC103 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
AURETR130 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURETR129 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR125 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURTTA113 Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems  
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems
AURHTZ101 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems  
AURHTX101 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions  
AURETR112 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURHTB101 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems  
AURTTB004 Inspect and service air braking systems
AURHTB002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems
AURHTD103 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension systems  
AURHTD102 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systems  
AURHTQ103 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts  
AURHTQ102 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies  
AURHTX104 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems  
AURTTF102 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTD004 Inspect and service suspension systems
AURTTD002 Inspect and service steering systems
AURTTQ001 Inspect and service final drive assemblies
AURTTB101 Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
AURHTJ103 Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies  
AURTTE104 Inspect and service engines
AURTTA104 Carry out servicing operations
AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace


Practical experiences, practical demonstrations, practical demonstrations in simulated work conditions, workbooks/online assessments.