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AUR31120 Certificate III Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology


Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 3 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (School-based)

Course description

Are you looking to start an automotive apprenticeship specialising in heavy commercial mechanics? Then this is the course for you. This trade-level qualification is for apprentices in the automotive diesel engine industry. This course covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a broad range of mechanical work on a variety of heavy commercial vehicles within the automotive service and repair sector.

Possible career outcomes

  • Heavy commercial vehicle technician

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 3 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (School-based)    
2025 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 15 Dec 2025 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 3 yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (School-based)    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Carry out servicing operations AURTTA104 20
Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies AURTTA118 20
Diagnose and repair charging systems AURETR129 30
Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems AURETR124 50
Diagnose and repair cooling systems AURTTC103 20
Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems AURTTF105 15
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems AURHTB101 50
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines AURHTE102 70
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts AURHTQ103 30
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems AURHTZ101 20
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle steering systems AURHTD102 40
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle suspension systems AURHTD103 40
Diagnose and repair starting systems AURETR130 30
Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems AURETR122 70
Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace AURAEA002 25
Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace AURASA102 20
Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems AURTTF102 20
Inspect and service final drive assemblies AURTTQ001 5
Inspect and service hydraulic systems AURTTA006 20
Test and repair basic electrical circuits AURETR112 40
Test charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles AURETR125 15
Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace AURTTK102 20
Elective Units Code Hours
Carry out vehicle safety inspections AURTTA017 10
Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC components AURETU104 35
Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies AURHTQ102 30
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems AURHTX104 35
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems AURHTF102 80
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems AURHTB002 40
Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions AURHTX101 50
Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems AURTTA113 60
Inspect and service air braking systems AURTTB004 20
Inspect and service braking systems AURTTB101 20
Inspect and service engines AURTTE104 20
Select and use bearings seals gaskets sealants and adhesives AURTTA105 10
Service air conditioning and HVAC systems AURETU103 25
Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace AURTTK001 15


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.67 per hour 1120 AUD $750.00 AUD $18,600.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.35 per hour 1120 AUD $3,752.00 AUD $18,600.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $20.07 per hour 1120 AUD $22,478.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,260.00
Education Levy AUD $168.00


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

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Date published: 20/06/2024 12:01:35 PM