Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus, Part Time
4 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Bairnsdale Trade Centre, Leongatha, Port of Sale, Warragul, 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 this course comes in.

Learn how to repair and service engines, transmissions, cooling, steering, electrical circuits, air and hydraulic brakes, diesel fuel injection systems on a range of trucks, busses and other vehicles in the heavy vehicle industry.

Perfect for apprentices wanting to work closely with our teachers, as well as your employer to ensure your skills are of the highest standard.

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
Bairnsdale Trade Centre (Day release) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Leongatha (Day release) Monday, Tuesday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Warragul (Day release) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Yallourn (Day release) Tuesday, Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Port of Sale (Block release) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Yallourn (Block release) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am - 4:00pm

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.

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

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

Sample course units

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


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