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Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology


Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology – AUR30416

Course Overview

Learn how to repair and service a range of agricultural machinery in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

You'll learn to diagnose and repair engine issues, diesel fuel injection systems, and mobile plant systems, as well as testing and repairing basic electrical circuits.

You'll also learn important workplace safety processes so you're prepared for life in a real auto workshop or out in the field.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Automotive Service and Repair industry with a specialisation in Agricultural vehicles.

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

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis or AUR40816 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling or other relevant qualifications.

Course Dates & Times


AUR30416 -Apprenticeship - Open from 02/02/2021 - 2021

Shepparton - Fryers Street

AUR30416 - Apprenticeship - Open from 01/02/2021 - 2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

AUR30416 - Apprenticeship - Open from 08/02/2021 - 2021

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

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, 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 or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Please apply through the Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Core Units
Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Communicate effectively 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 heavy vehicle drive shafts
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
Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
Carry out diagnostic procedures
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
Monitor environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle electronic braking systems
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systems
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension systems
Carry out heavy vehicle wheel alignment operations
Analyse and evaluate faults in heavy commercial vehicle steering and suspension systems
Remove and install heavy vehicle engine assemblies
Inspect heavy commercial vehicle driveline components
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle automatic transmissions
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems
Inspect, service and repair crop harvesting equipment
Inspect, service and repair crop planting and seeding equipment
Inspect, service and repair spraying and spreading equipment
Inspect, service and repair track type drive and support systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant suspension systems
Inspect and service hydraulic systems
Carry out mechanical pre-repair operations
Fabricate and install fluid power hose assemblies
Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems
Inspect and service air braking systems
Inspect and service cooling systems
Inspect and service steering systems
Inspect and service suspension systems
Overhaul engines
Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems
Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
Inspect and service final drive assemblies
Inspect and service manual transmissions
Inspect and service automatic transmissions
Diagnose and repair hydrostatic transmissions
Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
Carry out basic gas metal arc welding
Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration
  • Online Assessments

Mark Ward

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments 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.

Apprenticeship – Attendance on campus is required for 5 days per week for 7 blocks throughout the period of the apprenticeship. Students will be advised of these dates upon enrolment. Majority of the learning is on-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor.

On-Campus - Students will undertake simulated workplace experience within the GOTAFE workshop on campus.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

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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