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Trade up for a career in mechanical technology

This course will qualify you to overhaul, service and repair the mechanical parts of road transport vehicles such as the engine, transmission (clutch, gear box and differential) and the suspension systems (springs, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres). You will learn how to carry out diagnostic procedures; repair and service cooling systems; diagnose, test and repair basic electrical circuits and systems; fix steering and brakes, including hydraulic braking systems; inspect and repair diesel fuel injection systems and engine forced induction; and perform wheel alignments. The course is delivered in workshops, the classroom and in a simulated learning environment. Course details

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Gold Coast - Ashmore

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Daniel Jeong

Auto Mechanical

Since I was a kid I always liked cars. My favourite thing I’ve learnt is engines. Engines are like the hearts of cars; they are very complicated and precise. TAFE Queensland gives us the opportunity to do practical placement in a real workshop. As a student here, you get to do lots of really great things rather than just sitting inside reading books.

Daniel Jeong
Auto Mechanical
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

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Provider CRICOS/RTO Code Program CRICOS Code Location Workload Delivery Key Date

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

CRICOS 03037G | RTO 0083

091586D Ashmore Full Time Classroom 03/07/2017

Entry requirements

English Language Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International

Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Welfare Requirements For Student Visa Applicants under 18.


Gold Coast - Ashmore
Corner Heeb Street and Benowa Road
Ashmore QLD 4214

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.


Timetables may be available online or may be provided to you at your program orientation.

Your timetable may change every semester and you must be able to manage your commitments to ensure attendance at all your classes.

Timetables will be different across TAFE Queensland locations. This is an example of what a course timetable could look like -  

Monday and Tuesday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Wednesday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm.


Wednesday and Thursday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Friday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm.


The objective of vocational placement (480 hours over two years) is to better familiarise students in real workplace settings for, Certificate III in Automotive Heavy Vehicle Technology, with people who work in the occupation of the Automotive Heavy Vehicle fields. The greater the practice of skills during vocational placement, the higher the skill levels the student will achieve and the more likely the student will not only meet but exceed the learning outcomes.

Students will be placed in a range of industry relevant settings ranging from automotive dealerships to general automotive repairers small, medium and large in order to give the student a broad range of practical experience thus further enhancing their theoretical learning at TAFE.

The industry placement is coordinated by a member of the TAFE automotive teaching team who regularly monitors the range of vocational experience being gained by reviewing the student's vocational placement diary on a monthly basis.  Each student is provided with a vocational placement diary with workplace forms which need to be completed and signed off by the workplace supervisor and registered training organisation instructor when the student has achieved competence for each workplace task. These workplace tasks have a direct link with learning outcomes and assessment requirements. Students return these completed workplace forms, and workplace rosters on a monthly basis to the International Students' Workplace Coordinator.


To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 36 Units:
Core Competencies: 22
Elective Competencies: 14

Core and Elective Units
AURTTQ2001 Service final drive assemblies Core
AURTTK2002 Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment Core
AURTTF3005 Inspect and repair engine forced induction systems Core
AURTTF2002 Service diesel fuel injection systems Core
AURTTC3003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems Core
AURTTA3018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Core
AURTTA2006 Service hydraulic systems Core
AURTTA2004 Carry out servicing operations Core
AURHTZ3001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems Core
AURHTQ3003 Repair final drive - driveline (heavy vehicle) Core
AURHTE3002 Repair engines and associated engine components (heavy vehicle) Core
AURHTD3003 Repair suspension systems (heavy vehicle) Core
AURHTD3002 Repair steering systems (heavy vehicle) Core
AURHTB3001 Repair air braking systems Core
AURETR3030 Diagnose and repair starting systems Core
AURETR3029 Diagnose and repair charging systems Core
AURETR3025 Test, charge and replace batteries Core
AURETR3024 Diagnose and repair electronic compression ignition engine management systems Core
AURETR3022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems Core
AURETR2012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits Core
AURASA2002 Apply safe working practices in an automotive workplace Core
AURAEA2002 Apply environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace Core
AURTTZ2002 Repair exhaust system components Elective
AURETR2009 Install, test and repair vehicle lighting and wiring systems Elective
AURETK2002 Use and maintain automotive electrical test equipment Elective
AURTTK2001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace Elective
AURTTF3004 Repair diesel fuel injection systems Elective
AURTTE2004 Inspect and service engines Elective
AURTTB2001 Inspect and service braking systems Elective
AURTTA3014 Assemble and install pneumatic systems and components Elective
AURTTA3013 Repair hydraulic systems Elective
AURTTA2005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives Elective
AURHTX3004 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems Elective
AURHTX3003 Repair transmissions - automatic (heavy vehicle) Elective
AURHTX3001 Repair transmissions - manual (heavy vehicle) Elective
AURHTQ3002 Repair final drive assemblies (heavy vehicle) Elective
AURHTB3002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic braking systems Elective
VPC480 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme


Not all electives available at all campuses

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.


Location Cost Duration
Ashmore, Gold Coast $16,450 2 Years

Additional costs

There will be an additional cost for text books.


Upon successful completion of the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology students will gain a Certificate III and become a qualified tradesperson. Career prospects include being able to apply for trade recognition as an Automotive Mechanic in Australia.  Successful graduates may consider further study at a higher tertiary level within the vocational education and training sector.

Job prospects

  • Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technician

University Pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Daniel Jeong

Auto Mechanical

Since I was a kid I always liked cars. My favourite thing I’ve learnt is engines. Engines are like the hearts of cars; they are very complicated and precise. TAFE Queensland gives us the opportunity to do practical placement in a real workshop. As a student here, you get to do lots of really great things rather than just sitting inside reading books.

Daniel Jeong
Auto Mechanical
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

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Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited!
Before you apply, make sure that you check that you meet the specific academic and language requirements for your chosen course.
The application process

To support your application, please supply your supporting documents.
These include:

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If your application is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place letter. To accept it and secure your place in your chosen program, you will need to:

After you have accepted your Offer of Place, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and with your CoE you can apply for your student visa. You will need to arrange your student visa before you come to Australia.

Please note that International Orientation day is compulsory. Students must attend the International Orientation Day before commencing their studies with TAFE Queensland.


At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation which is usually conducted the week before study commences will help answer many of your questions about studying with TAFE Queensland. This comprehensive orientation covers many important topics including

  • Living in Queensland and understanding our Australian culture

  • Accommodation

  • Banking

  • Transport

  • Student safety

  • Learning support

  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), insurance and medical needs

  • Student Support Services at TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule.

International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule.

Last updated on 20 March 2017

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