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Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology


Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology AUR30420

Course Overview

Learn how to repair and service a range of agricultural machinery with the Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology.

This course prepares students to work in the automotive retail, service, and repair industry. Students will learn to diagnose and repair engine issues, diesel fuel injection systems, and mobile plant systems, as well as test and repair basic electrical circuits.

Students will also learn important workplace safety processes so they're prepared for life in a real auto workshop or out in the field.

No licensing, legislative, or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares graduates to work in the automotive service and repair industry with a specialisation in agricultural vehicles.

Working in this industry can be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, and manual handling.

Further Study

Students wishing to continue with their studies may like to commence an apprenticeship and complete any of the following qualifications:

  • AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
  • AUR40816 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling

Course Dates & Times


Apprenticeship - Open from 22nd August - 1 day week (Thu) - 8am-5pm / 2022

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 22nd August - Block Attendance - 8am-5pm / 2022

Apprenticeship - Open from 30th Jan - Block Attendance - 8am - 4.30pm / 2023

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 22nd August - Block Attendance - 8am-5pm / 2022

Apprenticeship - Open from 30th Jan - Block Attendance - 8am - 4.30pm / 2023

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fee (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2023 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of three different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session, induction session, or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

Training package entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this training package.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Apprentices: please apply through the Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.

Technology requirements/ student resources

Students must have access to:

  • A laptop/computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
  • A digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
  • A media player.
  • Protective enclosed footwear.
Core Units
Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
Test and repair basic electrical circuits
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
Diagnose and repair charging systems
Diagnose and repair starting systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant hydraulic systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant braking systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant steering systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant final drive assemblies
Diagnose and repair powershift transmissions
Carry out servicing operations
Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
Inspect and service braking systems
Diagnose and repair cooling systems
Inspect and service engines
Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective Units
Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle steering systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle suspension systems
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems
Inspect and service hydraulic systems
Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
Inspect and service air braking systems
Overhaul engines
Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
Diagnose and repair hydrostatic transmissions
Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
Carry out basic gas metal arc welding

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Practical demonstrations

Mark Ward

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments that the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars, excursions, or other organised activities.


  • Students attend a GOTAFE campus 7 weeks per year over the 3 years (Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm). Students must attend 80% of the on-campus classes.
  • An additional 8th week is delivered and assessed at the apprentice's workplace. This allows for real-time and industry-relevant training and assessment.
  • Students are provided with VACC-approved workbooks that they work through at their own pace, with due dates for assessments listed in their Study Plans. This allows the apprentice, the employer, and their allocated GOTAFE trainer to see the progression of knowledge and skill acquisition and to provide support immediately if students are not meeting the required deadlines.
  • Students can access their trainer during business hours for any additional support or guidance with their work.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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