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Heavy vehicle trade theory and practical knowledge

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge required to perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of heavy commercial vehicles. You'll learn about transmission service and repair, right through to diesel fuel injection and repair and service - significant responsibilities requiring specific skills. A course for those who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. Course details

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Bundamba, Warwick

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Workplace/TAFE: up to 4 years

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1300 914 754

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Get into the workshop, and, a rewarding career...

Do you enjoy working with your hands, and seeking a job in a workshop? This apprenticeship qualification will give you the skills you need to service and repair light vehicles

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From 1 January 2015 if you are undertaking a nationally recognised program at TAFE Queensland you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learn all about the USI and how to get your USI for your study.

Key dates

Bundamba Any time Workplace/TAFE
Warwick Any time Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).


Cnr Mary and Byrne Streets
Bundamba QLD 4304

200 Dragon Street
Warwick QLD 4370

Resources required

  • steel capped boots
  • clear safety glasses
  • PPE appropriate to your trade
  • personal stationery (i.e. pens and paper)

It is also recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland South West locations.


The nominal term for full-time apprentices is 48 months (4 years).

Delivery of this qualification is as a combination of training at TAFE (a combination of theory and practical sessions in a classroom and workshop environment), and training in the workplace. Delivery at TAFE consists of face-to-face classes after being released from the workplace by your employer.

Apprentices will generally attend ​5 x 1 week training blocks at TAFE in their first year. They will then attend 2 x 2 week training blocks each year for the remaining 3 years of the apprenticeship. The duration of your attendance may vary depending on the stage and the units of competency specified in your individual training plan.

TAFE attendance is generally Mondays from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays from 8am to 4.30pm, and Fridays from 8am to 2.30pm (please refer to training notices for minor variations to start and end times).


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 36 units in total, including 22 core units and 14 elective units.

Below is the standardised training plan for this qualification. There are six alternative electives listed that can be substituted for other electives to meet specific workplace needs (1 Specialist Elective Unit must be selected).

Stage 1
AURACA001 Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace Elective
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace Core
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace Elective
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace Core
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits Core
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles Core
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace Core
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations Core
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives Elective
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems Elective
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems Core
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines Elective
Stage 2
AURHTB002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems Elective
AURHTB001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems Core
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems Core
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems Core
AURHTD002 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systems Core
AURHTD003 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension systems Core
AURHTJ003 Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies Elective
AURHTX001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions Mandatory
AURHTX004 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems Elective
Stage 3
AURHTE002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines Core
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems Core
AURHTZ001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems Core
AURHTF002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems Elective
AURTTX003 Inspect and service automatic transmissions Elective
AURTTZ002 Diagnose and repair exhaust systems Elective
Stage 4
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems Core
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems Core
AURHTQ002 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies Elective
AURHTQ003 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts Core
AURTTA017 Carry out vehicle safety inspections Elective
AURTTQ001 Inspect and service final drive assemblies Core
AURETR022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems Core
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems Core
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Core
Optional Electives
AURTTA014 Assemble and install pneumatic system components Elective
AURHTB007 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle electronic braking systems Elective
AURHTX003 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle automatic transmissions Elective
MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding Elective
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting Elective


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

What are my payment options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland South West has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 914 754. We're here to help.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, please give us a call.


AUR31116 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 13 July 2017

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