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Study heavy automotive industries

Open up a range of career options in the heavy automotive industry with practical, hands-on training from TAFE Queensland. Learn how to diagnose, maintain and repair a range of heavy commercial vehicles including trucks, buses, trailers, forklifts, scissor lifts, recreational vehicles, agricultural vehicles, and mining and construction equipment.

TAFE Queensland works closely with key industry partners to ensure our heavy automotive students are working on the latest industry equipment and vehicles, with donations from Iveco, Mack, Kenworth, Komatsu and more. Our $90 million automotive facilities include engine and chassis dynos, state-of-the-art wheel alignment and brake testing stations, and specialised training rooms for diesel fuel, auto electrical, and air-conditioning.

TAFE Queensland offers a comprehensive range of heavy automotive courses and apprenticeships for both career starters and existing workers looking to upskill. Choose from a range of specialisations including diesel fitting, mobile plant technology, trailer technology, mechanical overhauling, cylinder head reconditioning, drivetrain technology, recreational vehicles, forklift technology, elevating work platforms, automotive manufacturing, and agricultural mechanical technology. 

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Career outcomes
  • Agricultural mechanic
  • Cylinder head reconditioner
  • Diesel mechanic
  • Drivetrain repair technician
  • Elevating work platform technician
  • Forklift technician
  • Heavy vehicle mechanic
  • Mobile plant technician
  • Recreational vehicle serviceperson 
  • Specialist trailer technician
  • Vehicle body builder
 
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Do uni differently

Get university thinking with hands-on learning with a degree, diploma or pathway from TAFE Queensland.

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TAFE Priority Training Program

If you're thinking of studying a diploma, certificate IV, or certificate III course you may be eligible for funding through the TAFE Priority Training Program (TPTP). This funding is available to eligible students who enrol in applicable programs after 1 July 2018. 

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Information for apprentices

Learn hands on with the same equipment and tools used in industry by combining working for your employer with pracitcal training from TAFE Queensland. You'll graduate with a nationally-recognised qualification and be ready to kick start your career. 

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Information for employers

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a smart way to recruit and train employees to meet the needs of your business. No matter what industry you're in, hiring an apprentice or trainee provides your business with real benefits and contributes to your bottom line.

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Automotive facilities

Find out more about the range of specialised facilities available to our automotive students, with dedicated spaces for light, heavy, and agricultural automotive, outdoor power equipement, bicycles, and marine.

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News and events

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Gold Coast

Land of opportunity

Moving to Australia from Korea opened up many new opportunities for Jinmi Song. After initially pursuing a career in beauty, she soon found herself able to pursue her true passion in automotive technology.


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Keith Middleton
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Greater Brisbane

You're never too old to learn

At 69 years of age, heavy vehicle apprentice Keith Middleton is proof that you are never too old to learn.


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Innisfail

TAFE at School student secures apprenticeship

Eighteen-year-old Ty Broccardo from Innisfail is on his way to becoming a heavy diesel fitter after securing an apprenticeship with Hastings Deering thanks to his TAFE at School qualifications.


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