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AUR30716

Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

Enhance your career in the outdoor power equipment industry by developing your technical knowledge and skills with this hands-on course.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Far North Queensland North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY Apprenticeships and traineeships

Course overview

Progress your career in the outdoor power equipment industry with the skills to work as a small engine mechanic. This mid-level course is perfect for individuals aiming to further their career or gain a qualification as an outdoor power equipment repair technician.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, demand for qualified mechanics (including small engine mechanics) grew strongly over the past five years with employers finding it hard to fill vacancies. Job openings are expected to remain steady in the near future with around 23,000 job opening expected over the next five years. 

You will develop the practical skills and knowledge required to undertake repair and servicing of electrical and mechanical outdoor power equipment including, lawn mowers, chainsaws, brush cutters, pumps and other similar equipment. Additionally, you will learn how to identify the components of small engines, perform daily maintenance, and carry out safe refuelling and pre-start checks. Training is delivered in our world-class workshops, supported by industry-experienced teachers.

Successful completion of this course will provide the technical knowledge and skills required to work as an outdoor power equipment repair technician. If completed as part of an apprenticeship, it may also lead to a trade qualification.

What can I do?

  • Outdoor Power Equipment Repair Technician
  • Repair Technician

Course outcome:

AUR30716 Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

Trade skills assessment and gap training program

If you can demonstrate substantial competency in this qualification, you may be able to access funding for recognition of prior learning and gap training through the Trade Skills and Assessment Gap Training (TSAGT) program. TAFE Queensland is a proud recipient of funding from the Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) for this program. Only eligible participants may receive funding for eligible courses. Learn more about eligibility criteria.

Industry-standard facilities

Our learning spaces are more than just classrooms. They include simulated working environments which will develop your practical skills and prepare you for real-world situations while under the supervision of qualified, industry-experienced professionals.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 21 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURAEA002
    Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
    UNIT CODE :
    AURAEA002
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to follow environmental and sustainability best practices, including complying with established workplace procedures and environmental regulations as well as following sustainability practices that may reduce the environmental impact of work practices and outputs. It applies to those working in the automotive industry. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURASA002
    Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
    UNIT CODE :
    AURASA002
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to identify and follow safety and emergency procedures in an automotive workplace. It involves those safety procedures to be followed when using workplace hand tools and hand-held power tools, fixed equipment, and chemicals, and when running vehicles and machinery. It includes the individual’s responsibility for safety and emergency response in the event of an accident or incident. It applies to those working on agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, marine vessels, motorcycles, mobile plant machinery or outdoor power equipment in the automotive service and repair industry. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTA003
    Service and repair rotary cutting systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTA003
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to service and repair faults in the rotary cutting systems of outdoor power equipment according to manufacturer specifications. It involves preparing for the task, determining the service and repair requirements, carrying out the service and repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the outdoor power equipment service and repair industry. The rotary cutting systems include electric or internal combustion engine driven rotary mowers, lawn edgers, brush cutters, chippers or mulchers. This unit is for the service and repair of the rotary cutting system only and not the driving engine or motor. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Service and repair rotary cutting systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTA005
    Service and repair chainsaw cutting systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTA005
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to service and repair faults in the chainsaw cutting systems of outdoor power equipment according to manufacturer specifications. It involves preparing for the task, determining the service and repair requirements, carrying out the service and repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the outdoor power equipment service and repair industry. The chainsaw cutting systems include those of electric, cordless and hydraulic or petrol powered systems, or pole saws. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Service and repair chainsaw cutting systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTA006
    Inspect and service line trimming systems and components
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTA006
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to inspect and service line trimming systems and components according to manufacturer instructions. It involves preparing for the task, inspecting the system and components, reporting the inspection findings, servicing and adjusting the system and components, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the outdoor power equipment service and repair industry. The line trimming systems include brush cutters and grass trimmers which may be electric or petrol driven, stand-alone or fitted to other equipment systems. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Inspect and service line trimming systems and components

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTA007
    Service and repair post boring systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTA007
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to service and repair faults in the post boring systems of outdoor power equipment according to manufacturer specifications. It involves preparing for the task, determining the service and repair requirements, carrying out the service and repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the outdoor power equipment service and repair industry. The post boring systems may be stand-alone or chainsaw attached, and can be petrol powered or electric powered. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Service and repair post boring systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTA008
    Service and repair post hole digging systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTA008
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to service and repair faults in the post hole digging systems of outdoor power equipment according to manufacturer specifications. It involves preparing for the task, determining the service and repair requirements, carrying out the service and repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the outdoor power equipment service and repair industry. The post hole digging systems may be powered by electric or internal combustion engines. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Service and repair post hole digging systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTA009
    Service and repair reciprocating cutting systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTA009
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to service and repair faults in the reciprocating cutting systems of outdoor power equipment according to manufacturer specifications. It involves preparing for the task, determining the service and repair requirements, carrying out the service and repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the outdoor power equipment service and repair industry. The reciprocating cutting systems include hedge trimmers, tree loppers or power shears, which may be electric or petrol driven. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Service and repair reciprocating cutting systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTA010
    Inspect and service pumping systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTA010
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to inspect and service pumping systems according to manufacturer instructions. It involves preparing for the task, inspecting the system, reporting the inspection findings, servicing and adjusting the system, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the outdoor power equipment service and repair industry. The pumping systems include centrifugal pumps used for firefighting, irrigation and water transfer, high pressure piston pumps used for pressure cleaners, or diaphragm pumps used in orchard spraying. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Inspect and service pumping systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTA011
    Diagnose and repair pumping systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTA011
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the pumping systems of outdoor power equipment according to manufacturer specifications. It involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The pumping systems are those of outdoor power equipment and include: ◾centrifugal pumps used for firefighting, irrigation and water transfer ◾diaphragm pumps used in orchard spraying ◾high pressure piston pumps used for pressure cleaners No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Diagnose and repair pumping systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTE002
    Inspect and service outdoor power equipment engines
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTE002
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to inspect and service engines according to manufacturer instructions. It involves preparing for the task, inspecting the engine, reporting the inspection findings, servicing and adjusting the engine, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the outdoor power equipment service and repair industry. This unit does not apply to light and heavy vehicle engines. The engines include those of two-stroke and four-stroke spark ignition, or four-stroke compression ignition engines of outdoor power equipment. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Inspect and service outdoor power equipment engines

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTE003
    Diagnose and repair outdoor power equipment engines
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTE003
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the spark ignition and compression ignition engines of outdoor power equipment. It involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The engines include those in outdoor power equipment. This unit does not apply to light or heavy vehicles. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Diagnose and repair outdoor power equipment engines

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURPTE004
    Overhaul outdoor power equipment engines
    UNIT CODE :
    AURPTE004
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to return outdoor power equipment engines to original manufacturer tolerances and clearances. It involves preparing for the task, dismantling and evaluating the engine, carrying out the overhaul procedures, reassembling and testing the engine, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the outdoor power equipment and the engines may be two and four stroke spark ignition and four stroke compression ignition engines. The unit does not apply to light or heavy vehicle engines. This unit does not apply to light or heavy vehicle engines. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Overhaul outdoor power equipment engines

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURTTA018
    Carry out diagnostic procedures
    UNIT CODE :
    AURTTA018
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to carry out diagnostic procedures on vehicles, vessels or machinery. It involves confirming the existence of a fault, choosing the appropriate diagnostic procedure and tools, applying the diagnostic procedure, and reporting conclusions. It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Carry out diagnostic procedures

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURTTK002
    Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
    UNIT CODE :
    AURTTK002
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to select, use, maintain and store tools and equipment in an automotive workplace. It applies to those working in all sectors of the automotive industry. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace

CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Bracken Ridge
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WORKPLACE
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BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Cairns
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
Innisfail
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Townsville (Trade Training Centre Bohle)
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE

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Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology (AUR30716)
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No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

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Selection criteria

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.

Need to know

Replacement qualification
This program has been replaced by AUR30720 - Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology, as of 12 November 2020.  A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 10 December 2022. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

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 may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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