Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology


Course Length

Full time:

4 Years


Subsidised Apprentice:


Subsidised Apprentice (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode

On Campus


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

Apprenticeship - Open from 17/01/2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 08/01/2021 - 2021

On Campus - Open from 12/7/2021 - 4 Days a Week - 8am to 5pm /2021

Apprenticeship - Open from 17/01/2022

On Campus - Open from 17 January, Mon - Fri - 8am - 5pm / 2022

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice: $3,911.00

2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession): $782.00

3. Full Fee: $6,755.00

Course Materials: $830.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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

Entry Requirements

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

Course Study Units

Core Units
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
AURETR022 - Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURETR024 - Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management 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
AURHTD002 - Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systems
AURHTD003 - Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension 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
Elective Units
AURAEA003 - Monitor environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURAFA003 - Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
AURETR032 - Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURETR044 - Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
AURETU001 - Install air conditioning systems
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
AURETU007 - Overhaul air conditioning and HVAC system compressors
AURHTB002 - Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems
AURHTD004 - Carry out heavy vehicle wheel alignment operations
AURHTD005 - Analyse and evaluate faults in heavy commercial vehicle steering and suspension systems
AURHTE001 - Remove and install heavy vehicle engine assemblies
AURHTF002 - Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURHTJ003 - Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies
AURHTQ001 - Inspect heavy commercial vehicle driveline components
AURHTQ002 - Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies
AURHTX001 - Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions
AURHTX003 - Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle automatic transmissions
AURHTX004 - Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems
AURKTA005 - Inspect, service and repair track type drive and support systems
AURKTA111 - Diagnose and repair mobile plant hydraulic systems
AURKTB101 - Diagnose and repair mobile plant braking systems
AURKTD101 - Diagnose and repair mobile plant suspension systems
AURKTD102 - Diagnose and repair mobile plant steering systems
AURKTQ101 - Diagnose and repair mobile plant final drive assemblies
AURKTX101 - Diagnose and repair powershift transmissions
AURTTA005 - Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
AURTTA009 - Carry out mechanical pre-repair operations
AURTTA012 - Fabricate and install fluid power hose assemblies
AURTTA013 - Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems
AURTTB001 - Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTB004 - Inspect and service air braking systems
AURTTC001 - Inspect and service cooling systems
AURTTD002 - Inspect and service steering systems
AURTTD004 - Inspect and service suspension systems
AURTTE004 - Inspect and service engines
AURTTE005 - Overhaul engines
AURTTF101 - Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
AURTTF106 - Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems
AURTTK001 - Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTX002 - Inspect and service manual transmissions
AURTTX003 - Inspect and service automatic transmissions
AURTTX106 - Diagnose and repair hydrostatic transmissions
AURVTW003 - Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
AURVTW018 - Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
AURVTW109 - Carry out basic gas metal arc welding

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Course Co-ordinator

Mark Ward

Attendance & Commitment

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.

Educational Support Services

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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Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.