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Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology


Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology – AUR31116

Course Overview

Learn to repair and service heavy commercial vehicles with the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology.

Diagnose and repair issues with everything from hydraulic systems to powershift transmissions, and carry out welding, thermal heating, and cutting procedures.

You'll also learn important workplace safety skills so you're prepared for life in a real auto workshop.

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 Servicing and Repair industry.

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.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 01/02/2021 - 2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts Monday 6th July, 5 days a week, 8am - 5pm / 2020

Apprenticeship - Open from 08/01/2021 - 2021

On Campus - Open from 08/01/2021 - 4 Days a Week - 8am to 5pm /2021

On Campus - Open from 12/7/2021 - 4 Days a Week - 8am to 5pm /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 training package entry requirements for this qualification.

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 an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course
Core Units
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
Test and repair basic electrical circuits
Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
Diagnose and repair charging systems
Diagnose and repair starting systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systems
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension systems
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems
Carry out servicing operations
Inspect and service hydraulic systems
Carry out diagnostic procedures
Diagnose and repair cooling systems
Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Inspect and service final drive assemblies
Elective Units
Monitor environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
Install air conditioning systems
Service air conditioning and HVAC systems
Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems
Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems
Overhaul air conditioning and HVAC system compressors
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking 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
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre 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
Inspect, service and repair track type drive and support systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant hydraulic systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant braking systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant suspension systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant steering systems
Diagnose and repair mobile plant final drive assemblies
Diagnose and repair powershift transmissions
Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
Carry out mechanical pre-repair operations
Fabricate and install fluid power hose assemblies
Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems
Inspect and service braking systems
Inspect and service air braking systems
Inspect and service cooling systems
Inspect and service steering systems
Inspect and service suspension systems
Inspect and service engines
Overhaul engines
Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems
Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
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 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.

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

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. The majority of the learning is on-and-off-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor and trainer.

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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