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Gain trade qualifications in heavy commercial vehicle mechanics

To study for this Certificate III you will need to be an existing contracted apprentice in the field of heavy commercial vehicle 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). Training is delivered in workshops, in the classroom and at your place of work.

Students will perform tasks including discussing problems with vehicle drivers to discover faults and carry out their own diagnostic procedures. They will repair and service cooling systems, diesel fuel systems, air conditioning, engine forced induction systems and clutch assemblies. In addition, they will overhaul, repair and service engines, manual and automatic transmissions, air braking systems and final drive assemblies, and repair and service steering and suspension systems. The repair of ignition, electronic engine management, electrical systems and safety/roadworthy inspections are also encompassed in the heavy vehicle mechanic's duties.

It is highly recommended that people wanting to get into the industry choose to undertake a prevocational or traineeship in Certificate II in Automotive. A ‘prevocational’ course gives the student an idea of what it is like to work in the industry, providing some solid foundation skills to enter the workplace. By accepting a prevocational student, employers are given the chance to view the student’s skills and attitude before they commit to employing them as an apprentice.

You may be able to obtain recognition for your work or life experiences under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Speak to your teacher in the first session to start this process. Course details

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Gold Coast - Ashmore

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DURATION

Workplace/TAFE: 4 years

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Kurt Trask

Local education produces global recognition

Winning the gold medal at the National Worldskills Competition last year was a huge honour for me. I am extremely grateful for my TAFE Gold Coast teachers who will continue to mentor me leading into the International Worldskills Competition to be held in Brazil later this year. The positive experience I have had completing my course, is a life long experience that I have shared and would recommend to anyone considering securing a role within the automotive trades industry.

Kurt Trask
Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

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Key dates

LOCATION START DATE DELIVERY
Gold Coast - Ashmore Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

To be eligible to enrol into this program students need to have completed a Training Contract with an employer and be signed up as an apprentice.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast recommends the following:

  • You will have successfully completed Year 10 in a Queensland secondary school or equivalent.
  • If under 16 years of age you will need to fill out an Application for Dispensation form prior to enrolment.
  • Admission may be on the basis of maturity and other relevant work experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): For all enquiries email the RPL Coordinator at rplcoordinator.goldcoast@tafe.qld.edu.au.

Location/s

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

Resources required

There will be an additional cost for text books.

Timetable

Delivery is held over 4 years (TAFE training completed after 3 years) at Ashmore using a combination of workplace training and TAFE attendance. Optional on-site delivery is available.

Many TAFE Queensland Gold Coast apprenticeships now offer the option of more on-the-job training and therefore less time spent attending TAFE. Wherever this is the case a TAFE Queensland Gold Coast teacher is assigned to attend your workplace to deliver training and assess your skills and knowledge.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has structured training for various course competencies that are not practised regularly in the workplace so many employers may still choose to send their apprentice to TAFE to learn those skills, however, this is done by negotiation between the employer and the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast teacher.

The approved hours for an individual apprentice will vary according to the units of competency specified in their individual training plan.

Units

To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 36 units comprising of 22 core and 14 electives.

UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace Core
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace Core
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits Core
AURETR022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems Core
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems Core
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles Core
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems Core
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems Core
AURHTB001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems Core
AURHTD002 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systems Core
AURHTD003 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension systems Core
AURHTE002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines Core
AURHTQ003 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts Core
AURHTZ001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems Core
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations Core
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems Core
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Core
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems Core
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems Core
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems Core
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace Core
AURTTQ001 Inspect and service final drive assemblies Core
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
AURHTB002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems Elective
AURHTF002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems Elective
AURHTQ002 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies Elective
AURHTX001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions Elective
AURHTX004 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems Elective
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives Elective
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems Elective
AURTTD004 Inspect and service suspension systems Elective
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines Elective
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace Elective
AURTTZ002 Diagnose and repair exhaust systems Elective

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

Eligible apprentices and trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Services.

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training place and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship please email Donna McPherson at donna.mcpherson@tafe.qld.edu.au

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.

Outcome

Upon successful completion of the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology students will hold a Certificate III and become a qualified tradesperson.  Students may secure employment with truck dealerships, transport and infrastructure industries.

Job prospects

  • Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technician

Kurt Trask

Local education produces global recognition

Winning the gold medal at the National Worldskills Competition last year was a huge honour for me. I am extremely grateful for my TAFE Gold Coast teachers who will continue to mentor me leading into the International Worldskills Competition to be held in Brazil later this year. The positive experience I have had completing my course, is a life long experience that I have shared and would recommend to anyone considering securing a role within the automotive trades industry.

Kurt Trask
Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland Gold Coast to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO). Contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract, then give us a call.

If you aren't employed yet, contact Australian JobSearch or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 13 72 48 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

More info:
http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/career-changers-jobseeker/recognition-prior-learning

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 20 November 2017

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