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AUR31820

Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology

Take the next step in your career with this hands-on heavy commercial trailer qualification. This course is perfect for individuals aiming to become a heavy commercial trailer technician or inspector.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Darling Downs and South West
WAYS TO STUDY Apprenticeships and traineeships

Course overview

Upgrade your career in the heavy commercial trailer industry with this mid-level qualification. You will develop broad technical knowledge and practical skills that will set you apart.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, demand for qualified 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. 

This specialised course will elevate your skills in an industry where employers are increasingly requiring technical expertise and specific knowledge. You will develop a broad range of practical skills required to service and repair heavy commercial trailer components including wheel and tyre assembly, electrical circuits, lighting and wiring systems, air-braking system, hydraulic systems, suspension systems, dynamic control systems, and mechanical connections.

Completion of this qualification will give you the skills needed to service and repair trailers used on heavy vehicles. It will also contribute to the qualification requirements needed to apply for heavy vehicle inspection and modification approval through the Department of Transport and Main Roads Approved Persons and Approved examiner schemes.

What can I do?

  • Specialist Trailer Technician
  • Heavy Commercial Trailer Technician

Course outcome:

AUR31820 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer 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.

World-class facilities

Our highly-experienced team of industry-professionals work in partnership with major companies to ensure you learn current techniques using the latest technology. Our workshops are equipped with new donations from Iveco, Mack, Kenworth and Komatsu to provide a hands-on experience. In addition, there are state-of-the-art wheel alignment and brake testing stations.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 17 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
  • AURASA102
    Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
    UNIT CODE :
    AURASA102
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and follow safety and emergency procedures in an automotive workplace.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURETR009
    Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURETR009
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes required to install vehicle, vessel or machinery low voltage (LV) direct current (DC) lighting and wiring systems that are not an integral part of vehicle or machinery controller area network databus (CAN-bus) topography. It involves preparing for the task, installing and testing the operation of lighting and wiring systems, and completing workplace processes and documentation. It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. LV lighting and wiring systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURETR112
    Test and repair basic electrical circuits
    UNIT CODE :
    AURETR112
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to inspect, test and repair basic electrical circuits in vehicle and machinery electrical systems.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Test and repair basic electrical circuits

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURETR122
    Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURETR122
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURHTB101
    Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURHTB101
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to diagnose and repair faults in the air braking systems of heavy vehicles.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURHTD103
    Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle suspension systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AURHTD103
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to diagnose and repair heavy vehicle suspension systems.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle suspension systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURHTJ103
    Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies
    UNIT CODE :
    AURHTJ103
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to remove, inspect and refit the wheel and tyre assemblies of heavy vehicles.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURHTY102
    Diagnose and repair mechanical connections of heavy vehicles and trailers over 4.5 tonnes
    UNIT CODE :
    AURHTY102
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to diagnose and repair faults in the mechanical connections fitted to both heavy vehicles and trailers.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Diagnose and repair mechanical connections of heavy vehicles and trailers over 4.5 tonnes

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURTTA118
    Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
    UNIT CODE :
    AURTTA118
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and carry out a diagnostic testing strategy on vehicles, vessels or machinery.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies

  • UNIT CODE
  • AURTTK102
    Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
    UNIT CODE :
    AURTTK102
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select, use, maintain and store tools and equipment in an automotive workplace.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace

CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Acacia Ridge
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Warwick
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE

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Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology (AUR31820)

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Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology

COURSE CODE: AUR31820
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How can I pay for this course?

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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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

While there are no entry requirements for this course, TAFE Queensland requires you to be indentured as an apprentice with your employer.

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

Resources required

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes the use of clear safety glasses to AS 1336 or 1337, protective footwear with covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip soles to AS2210, mechanic gloves, and ear plugs or muffs. You should also wear 100% cotton drill industry-standard protective clothing. If you fail to meet these minimum standards of dress, you will not be permitted entry into practical classes.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks after enrolment, during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are also required to have access to and bring personal stationery, a USB, and a calculator.

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.

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

How to Apply

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Course Disclaimer

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 enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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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