AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

National ID
AUR30620
WA Course Code
BGA5
CRICOS code
103611E
Person working with tools

Why choose this course?

Enter the automotive service and repair industry with this qualification. This course teaches you a broad range of skills that can be performed on light vehicles such as how to inspect and service engines; how to test, charge and replace batteries; and how to jump start vehicles and carry out general servicing operations using specific tools and equipment.

You will also gain skills to inspect, diagnose, service or repair various components of light vehicles such as hydraulic brakes, steering and suspension systems, automotive electrical systems and circuits, clutch systems, vehicle drive shafts, manual and automatic transmissions, ignition and starting systems, cooling systems, emission control systems and fuel systems.

As part of this course you will be supplied with personal protective clothing and equipment such as uniforms and industry approved footwear. These items will be purchased by the college on your behalf, for you to keep. The cost of these items is covered as part of the resource fees charged by the college. There is no need for you to pre-purchase these items before you commence the course.

International students cannot study this course as an indentured apprentice. The course is delivered in a simulated work environment and registration as an apprentice is not available to international students.

After completion of this course you can further your studies with the AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis.

Career opportunities

  • Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Equivalent to Australian Year 11 with passes in Maths.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2023

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2023
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $17,860
  • Resources fee: $3,468
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 11/12
AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology - BGA5
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 36 units. These 36 are comprised of 20 core units and 16 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
  • AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
  • AURETR112 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • AURETR123 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
  • AURETR125 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • AURETR129 Diagnose and repair charging systems
  • AURLTB103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems
  • AURLTD104 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems
  • AURLTD105 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems
  • AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines
  • AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems
  • AURTTA104 Carry out servicing operations
  • AURTTA118 Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
  • AURTTB101 Inspect and service braking systems
  • AURTTC103 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
  • AURTTE104 Inspect and service engines
  • AURTTF101 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
  • AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AURETD101 Diagnose and repair electronically controlled steering systems
  • AURETH101 Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
  • AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits
  • AURETR124 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
  • AURETR132 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
  • AURETR143 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
  • AURLTQ101 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies
  • AURLTQ102 Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts
  • AURLTX101 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions
  • AURLTX103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems
  • AURTTF102 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
  • AURTTF105 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
  • AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTX102 Inspect and service manual transmissions
  • AURTTX103 Inspect and service automatic transmissions

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include research assignments, and theory and practical assessments. Research assignments need to be completed in your own time, however the theory and practical assessments are carried out on-campus in allocated classrooms and workshops.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to textbooks, student workbooks, internet links, you tube clips, electronic and paper-based vehicle service manuals and scan tool code references.

Facilities and equipment may include use of automotive servicing equipment used to service manual and automatic transmissions, cooling systems, exhaust systems, brakes and general engine repairs and reconditioning, mechanical tools and equipment, engine management tools and diagnostic equipment are also accessible in the simulated automotive mechanic workshops situated at the campus.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2024

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $17,860
  • Resources fee: $3,468
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 11/12
AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology - BGA5
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 36 units. These 36 are comprised of 20 core units and 16 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
  • AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
  • AURETR112 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • AURETR123 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
  • AURETR125 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • AURETR129 Diagnose and repair charging systems
  • AURLTB103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems
  • AURLTD104 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems
  • AURLTD105 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems
  • AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines
  • AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems
  • AURTTA104 Carry out servicing operations
  • AURTTA118 Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
  • AURTTB101 Inspect and service braking systems
  • AURTTC103 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
  • AURTTE104 Inspect and service engines
  • AURTTF101 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
  • AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AURETH101 Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
  • AURETH102 Inspect and maintain battery electric vehicles
  • AURETK002 Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits
  • AURETR010 Repair wiring harnesses and looms
  • AURETR124 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
  • AURETR143 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
  • AURLTQ101 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies
  • AURLTQ102 Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts
  • AURLTX101 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions
  • AURLTX103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems
  • AURTTF102 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
  • AURTTF105 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
  • AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTX102 Inspect and service manual transmissions
  • AURTTX103 Inspect and service automatic transmissions

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include research assignments, and theory and practical assessments. Research assignments need to be completed in your own time, however the theory and practical assessments are carried out on-campus in allocated classrooms and workshops.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to textbooks, student workbooks, internet links, you tube clips, electronic and paper based vehicle service manuals and scan tool code references.

Facilities and equipment may include use of automotive servicing equipment used to service manual and automatic transmissions, cooling systems, exhaust systems, brakes and general engine repairs and reconditioning, mechanical tools and equipment, engine management tools and diagnostic equipment are also accessible in the simulated automotive mechanic workshops situated at the campus.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $17,860
  • Resources fee: $3,468
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 11/12
AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology - BGA5
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 36 units. These 36 are comprised of 20 core units and 16 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
  • AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
  • AURETR112 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • AURETR123 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
  • AURETR125 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • AURETR129 Diagnose and repair charging systems
  • AURLTB103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems
  • AURLTD104 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems
  • AURLTD105 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems
  • AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines
  • AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems
  • AURTTA104 Carry out servicing operations
  • AURTTA118 Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
  • AURTTB101 Inspect and service braking systems
  • AURTTC103 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
  • AURTTE104 Inspect and service engines
  • AURTTF101 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
  • AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AURETD101 Diagnose and repair electronically controlled steering systems
  • AURETH101 Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
  • AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits
  • AURETR124 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
  • AURETR132 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
  • AURETR143 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
  • AURLTQ101 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies
  • AURLTQ102 Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts
  • AURLTX101 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions
  • AURLTX103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems
  • AURTTF102 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
  • AURTTF105 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
  • AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTX102 Inspect and service manual transmissions
  • AURTTX103 Inspect and service automatic transmissions

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include research assignments, and theory and practical assessments. Research assignments need to be completed in your own time, however the theory and practical assessments are carried out on-campus in allocated classrooms and workshops.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to textbooks, student workbooks, internet links, you tube clips, electronic and paper-based vehicle service manuals and scan tool code references.

Facilities and equipment may include use of automotive servicing equipment used to service manual and automatic transmissions, cooling systems, exhaust systems, brakes and general engine repairs and reconditioning, mechanical tools and equipment, engine management tools and diagnostic equipment are also accessible in the simulated automotive mechanic workshops situated at the campus.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $17,860
  • Resources fee: $3,468
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 11/12
AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology - BGA5
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 36 units. These 36 are comprised of 20 core units and 16 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
  • AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems
  • AURETR112 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • AURETR123 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
  • AURETR125 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • AURETR129 Diagnose and repair charging systems
  • AURLTB103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems
  • AURLTD104 Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems
  • AURLTD105 Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems
  • AURLTE002 Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines
  • AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems
  • AURTTA104 Carry out servicing operations
  • AURTTA118 Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
  • AURTTB101 Inspect and service braking systems
  • AURTTC103 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
  • AURTTE104 Inspect and service engines
  • AURTTF101 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
  • AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • AURETH101 Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
  • AURETH102 Inspect and maintain battery electric vehicles
  • AURETK002 Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits
  • AURETR010 Repair wiring harnesses and looms
  • AURETR124 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
  • AURETR143 Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
  • AURLTQ101 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies
  • AURLTQ102 Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts
  • AURLTX101 Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions
  • AURLTX103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems
  • AURTTF102 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
  • AURTTF105 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
  • AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTX102 Inspect and service manual transmissions
  • AURTTX103 Inspect and service automatic transmissions

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include research assignments, and theory and practical assessments. Research assignments need to be completed in your own time, however the theory and practical assessments are carried out on-campus in allocated classrooms and workshops.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to textbooks, student workbooks, internet links, you tube clips, electronic and paper based vehicle service manuals and scan tool code references.

Facilities and equipment may include use of automotive servicing equipment used to service manual and automatic transmissions, cooling systems, exhaust systems, brakes and general engine repairs and reconditioning, mechanical tools and equipment, engine management tools and diagnostic equipment are also accessible in the simulated automotive mechanic workshops situated at the campus.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

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Last updated on February 2, 2023