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  • AUR31116
  • 095727G

Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

At a glance

At a glance

This course will qualify you to become a heavy vehicle mechanical technician working on trucks, buses, earthmoving equipment or agricultural machinery.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technician
  • Heavy Vehicle Mechanic
COURSE OUTCOME

AUR31116 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

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Course overview

Course overview

This qualification is essential to become a heavy commercial vehicle technician. Successful completion of this course will allow you to become a qualified tradesperson servicing and repairing trucks, buses, earth-moving equipment, or tractors and other farming machinery.

The heavy vehicle industry provides the opportunity to participate in a multi-skilled area driven by new technologies. Employers are searching for qualified workers with broad-based skills in vehicle diagnostics who have an in-depth understanding of vehicle systems.

In this course you will apply your practical skills and gain underpinning knowledge of how to diagnose problems, repair and service a range of systems and components of heavy vehicles and equipment. You'll repair and service engines, transmissions, cooling, steering and suspension systems, electrical circuits and systems, hydraulic and air braking systems, and diesel fuel injection systems. You will also apply your skills and knowledge to complete heavy vehicle safety and roadworthy inspections.

Successful completion of this qualification will allow you to apply to become a qualified heavy vehicle tradesperson and continue your career in the industry.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 14 elective units from the list below.

International Students Only
You will also be required to undertake 480 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
AURAEA002
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURETR012
Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR024
Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURETR022
Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURETR025
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR029
Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR030
Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURHTB001
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems
AURHTD003
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension systems
AURHTD002
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systems
AURHTE002
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
AURHTQ003
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts
AURHTZ001
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems
AURTTA004
Carry out servicing operations
AURTTA006
Inspect and service hydraulic systems
AURTTA018
Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURTTC003
Diagnose and repair cooling systems
AURTTF002
Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTF005
Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
AURTTK002
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTQ001
Inspect and service final drive assemblies

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Gold Coast
AURETU003
Service air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETU004
Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETU005
Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURHTB002
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems
AURHTF002
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURHTQ002
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies
AURHTX001
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions
AURHTX004
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems
AURTTA005
Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
AURTTB001
Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTD004
Inspect and service suspension systems
AURTTE004
Inspect and service engines
AURTTK001
Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTZ002
Diagnose and repair exhaust systems
Darling Downs and South West
AURACA001
Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace
AURAFA003
Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
AURHTB002
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems
AURHTF002
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURHTJ003
Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies
AURHTQ002
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies
AURHTX001
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions
AURHTX004
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems
AURTTA005
Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
AURTTA017
Carry out vehicle safety inspections
AURTTB001
Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTE004
Inspect and service engines
AURTTX003
Inspect and service automatic transmissions
AURTTZ002
Diagnose and repair exhaust systems
Other
AURTTX002
Inspect and service manual transmissions
AURTTM008
Dismantle and evaluate engine blocks and sub-assemblies
AURAFA003
Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
AURACA001
Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace
AURTTM004
Assemble engine blocks and sub-assemblies
AURTTA005
Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
AURAQA003
Maintain quality processes in an automotive workplace
AURTTM011
Recondition engine cylinder heads
AURHTB007
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle electronic braking systems
AURHTB002
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems
AURHTF002
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURETR043
Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
AURHTJ003
Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies
AURHTQ002
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies
AURHTX001
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions
AURHTX004
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems
AURTTA017
Carry out vehicle safety inspections
AURTTB001
Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTE004
Inspect and service engines
AURTTK001
Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTZ002
Diagnose and repair exhaust systems
AURTTZ002
Diagnose and repair exhaust systems
AURTTX003
Inspect and service automatic transmissions
AURVTW003
Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
AURAFA001
Use numbers in an automotive workplace
AURAMA001
Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace
AURATA002
Read, interpret and apply engineering drawings
AURETR032
Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURHTE001
Remove and install heavy vehicle engine assemblies
AURETU003
Service air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETU004
Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETU005
Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURTTD004
Inspect and service suspension systems
AURHTX003
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle automatic transmissions
AURHTD004
Carry out heavy vehicle wheel alignment operations
AURTTA014
Assemble and install pneumatic system components
AURVTW009
Carry out basic gas metal arc welding
MEM05007C
Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
MEM05050B
Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM07032B
Use workshop machines for basic operations
MEM16008A
Interact with computing technology
AURETR044
Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
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Payment options

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

Domestic Students
There are no Selection criteria requirements for Domestic Students.

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • 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.

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.

Placement

International students

The objective of vocational placement (480 hours over two years) is to better familiarise students in real workplace settings for, Certificate III in Automotive Heavy Vehicle Technology, with people who work in the occupation of the Automotive Heavy Vehicle 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.

Resources required

It is recommended that you 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 use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.

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.

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.

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How to apply

How to apply

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland