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This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to service, diagnose and repair electrical systems and components in vehicles in the automotive electrical service and repair industry. Learn how to install, maintain, diagnose faults, and repair electrical wiring in computer based equipment commonly found in cars, trucks, caravans, trailers and boats as well as earthmoving and agricultural machinery. The course is delivered in a practical learning style with workshops in a simulated learning environment combined with classroom lessons. Course details

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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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Key dates

Location Workload Delivery Key Date
Ashmore Full Time Classroom 16/07/2018

Entry requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic 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 Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - 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.

  • Under Workplace Health and Safety legislation you are legally required to wear appropriate protective clothing in class and around the Trades area at all times.  Students without the correct gear will be denied entry into the classroom.
  • Students are to provide the following protective clothing:  Overalls or long sleeved tops and long pants - Jeans are appropriate.  Board shorts are not permitted.  Steel capped safety work boots – steel capped volleys are not acceptable.
  • “Automotive Mechanics Volume 1" approximately $120.00 available through most bookstores or borrowed from the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Library.
  • Students should bring pens, pencils, paper and a calculator.


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 of two years) is to better familiarise students in real workplace settings for, Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology, with people who work in the occupation of the Automotive Electrical 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 32 Units:
Core Competencies: 20
Elective Competencies: 12

Core and Elective Units
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace Core
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace Core
AURETK002 Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace Core
AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits Core
AURETR007 Apply knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems Core
AURETR009 Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems Core
AURETR010 Repair wiring harnesses and looms Core
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits Core
AURETR023 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems Core
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems Core
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles Core
AURETR027 Install ancillary electronic systems and components Core
AURETR028 Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems Core
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems Core
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems Core
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems Core
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems Core
AURETR035 Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation Core
AURETR043 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems Core
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Core
AURETR017 Overhaul charging system alternators Elective
AURETR018 Overhaul starting system motors Elective
AURETR020 Diagnose and repair network electronic control systems Elective
AURETR022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems Elective
AURETR044 Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems Elective
AURETU003 Service air conditioning and HVAC systems Elective
AURETU004 Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems Elective
AURETU005 Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems Elective
AURLTB003 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems Elective
AURLTD004 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems Elective
AURLTD005 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems Elective
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives Elective
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems Elective
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems Elective
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines Elective
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems Elective
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace Elective
AURTTZ002 Diagnose and repair exhaust systems Elective
AURVTA002 Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems Elective
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations Elective
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems Elective
AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems Elective
AURETB001 Diagnose and repair electric braking systems Elective
AURETH011 Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles Elective


To achieve this qualification, students must complete 12 elective units. The electives will be selected by the RTO at the time of enrolment.

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 $18,000 2 Years


AUR30316 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology 095170G

Job prospects

  • Automotive Electrician

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

Application Process

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited. Follow the steps below to apply to study at TAFE Queensland.

Before you apply

  1. Check the evidence required to apply for your visa

    Before you apply to study at TAFE Queensland, you should check what documents and evidence you will need to provide to the Department of Home Affairs (HA) to support your visa application.

    How to check what evidence you will need to provide to obtain a visa:

    • Visit the Student Visa (subclass 500) page on the HA website
    • Scroll down to the Document Checklist Tool
    • Select the country listed on your passport
    • Enter 03020E in the Education Provider CRICOS code field
    • Answer the final question: I am one of the following
    • Click the Display Evidence button
    • Read through the Documentary Evidence List to find out what you will need to submit with your visa application

  2. Review Admissions criteria and key dates

    Some courses require you to meet additional entry requirements eg. Submit a portfolio or artwork with your application. Please check individual course requirements via the Course page.

  3. Prepare your certified supporting documents

    If you are an international student applying directly to TAFE Queensland, you will need to include certified copies of the following documents to support your application:

    • Copy of passport
    • Educational certificate and academic records
    • English language test results

  4. Applying as a mature aged student

    Mature age students (at least 21years of age and with work experience/other qualifications) may be admitted into a program without meeting the formal academic requirements.
    The following documentation is required to support your application:

    • Current CV
    • References on company letterhead from current or previous employers

    Where previous study/employment was conducted in English, submit a certified letter from the educational institution/employer confirming the language of instruction/employment was English.
  5. Under 18 students

    International student visa applicants under the age of 18 will only 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. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs website.

  6. Submit your application

    Submit your application and supporting documents through TAFE Queensland's online application portal or through a TAFE Queensland Registered Agent who can guide you through the enrolment process.

    Receive your Letter of Offer

    Accepting your Letter of Offer

    Note the expiry date for acceptance.

    • Meet all conditions as outlined in your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read the International Student Refund Policy
    • Read the TAFE Queensland student rules
    • Pay the tuition fees as stated in your Letter of Offer
    • Pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as stated in your Letter of Offer, or arrange your own OSHC for the duration of your visa.

    Next Step

    Receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE -required for visa lodgement). You will use this document to apply for your student visa.

    Apply for your visa

    To apply for your student visa, visit the HA website and click Apply Now. Follow the steps to create your ImmiAccount and apply for your visa.

    Travel to Queensland and attend Orientation

    Once you have received your student visa, you can travel to Queensland ready to attend the TAFE Queensland International Orientation.


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

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. 

Last updated on 16 March 2018

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