Course Type:
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

If you’re looking to work in the light vehicle industry, or you already have employment but would like to upskill yourself, this is the course for you. This course will get into the nitty-gritty of light vehicle mechanics and get your hands dirty.

Taught over a four-year period, you’ll learn to inspect and service engines, transmissions, suspensions, steering, brakes and electrical components. You’ll open doors in the automotive industry with new skills and knowledge in both broad and specific areas!

You’ll also develop safe working practices and awareness of fast-paced environments where you develop solutions for complicated problems and prepare you for the next step in the automotive servicing industry.

When you finish this course, there will be so many career options open to you. Some of those include working in automotive light vehicle workshops and/or dealerships as a qualified light vehicle technician.

You can also choose to take your career even further by studying a Certificate, IV and Diplomas with-in the automotive industry. All of our courses will further your employment opportunities and allow you to take on higher-level roles. We will be here to help you make those decisions if that’s the path you choose.

So go on, get started in this varied career field and launch yourself into a very long and successful career.

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


Block release days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Day release days:  
Leongatha - Monday and Tuesday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Bairndale Trade Centre - Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Warragul - Tuesday, Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Yallourn - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

Employment in automotive light vehicle workshops and/or dealerships as a qualified light vehicle technician.

Opportunities for Further Study

Cert  IV and Diplomas with-in the automotive industry

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Registered and employed as an apprentice. with a completion of a language literacy and numeracy assessments

Recommended entry requirements

  • Completion of year ten secondary studies, 16 years of age with a sufficient completion of a language literacy and numeracy assessment.

Limitations to entry

  • Not a 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



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Pens, pencils, PPE as required

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

Unit CodeUnit Description
AURAEA002Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA102Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURETR112Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR122Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURETR123Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
AURETR125Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR129Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR130Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURETR131Diagnose and repair ignition systems
AURETR143Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
AURETR144Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
AURLTB103Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems
AURLTD104Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems
AURLTD105Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems
AURLTD106Carry out light vehicle wheel alignment operations
AURLTE102Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines
AURLTJ102Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes
AURLTQ101Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies
AURLTQ102Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts
AURLTX103Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems
AURLTZ101Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems
AURTTA104Carry out servicing operations
AURTTA118Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
AURTTB101Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTC103Diagnose and repair cooling systems
AURTTD002Inspect and service steering systems
AURTTD004Inspect and service suspension systems
AURTTE104Inspect and service engines
AURTTF101Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
AURTTF102Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTF105Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
AURTTK001Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTK102Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTQ001Inspect and service final drive assemblies
AURTTQ103Inspect and service drive shafts
AURTTX102Inspect and service manual transmissions


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