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Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Course overview

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  • Alanvale
  • Campbell Street

Attendance options

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Study type

  • Apprentices/Trainees
  • Workplace

Tuition Fees

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Get the training you need to become a qualified Light Vehicle Technician and rev up your career in the automotive service and repair industry.

This nationally recognised qualification will prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need as a new employee entering the automotive industry, and is also ideal if you are an existing worker looking to further develop your skills or gain formal recognition for the work you already do.

In this course, you will cover the skills and knowledge you need to perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of light vehicles in the automotive service and repair industry.

You’ll learn how to follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace and undertake a range of testing, repair and diagnostic work on light vehicle systems, as well as how to test and repair basic electrical circuits and diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems, and test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles.

You’ll also learn how to diagnose and repair charging systems, starting systems, ignition systems and light vehicle hydraulic braking systems, as well as light vehicle steering and suspension systems, engines and light vehicle emission controls. Throughout the course, you will gain experience carrying out a range of servicing operations, including inspecting and servicing engines, petrol fuel systems and braking and cooling systems, as well as undertaking diagnostic procedures, and learning how to use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace.

You’ll also have the opportunity to extend your interest and skills base by selecting a range of electives that cover topics such as oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting, basic gas metal arc welding, electrical circuits and wiring, or air conditioning.

This course is designed for people who are currently employed within the Automotive Service and Repair sector. To undertake this course, you must have access to a suitable workplace for the practical components of the course and be supervised at your workplace by an appropriately experienced or qualified trades person who is able to sign-off on the workplace practical tasks.

On successful completion of this course, you will have the skills you need to perform a range of mechanical work in the automotive light vehicle service and repair industry as a qualified Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician. This course can also set you on the path to further employment opportunities in more specialised diagnostic, servicing, repair and maintenance roles, or you might be interested in continuing your training at TasTAFE and going on to undertake a related qualification in Automotive Electrical Technology, Outdoor Power Equipment, Motorcycle or Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology or Mobile Plant Technology.

This course is also available as an Australian Apprenticeship.

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Career opportunities

  • Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician

Career opportunities

  • Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician

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