National code: AUR31220

Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology

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Overview About this course

Enjoy an active and fulfilling career maintaining and repairing mobile plant machinery in the mining, construction, forestry and earth-moving industry. Become a qualified mobile plant mechanic and stay one step ahead of technology.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Diagnose and repair engine components such as drive and support systems

  • Address issues with mobile plant braking systems, fluid power and steering systems

  • Problem-solve drive assemblies and transmissions

  • Understand and repair electrical and electronic circuit systems

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • The skills to service and repair mechanical and electrical systems of mobile plant earthmoving and construction equipment

  • Experience in troubleshooting issues in a supportive learning environment

  • Eligibility to apply for your automotive mechanic tradesperson certificate of proficiency

  • The tools to enter a career in the mining, construction, agriculture or automotive retail industries

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • To take this course as an apprenticeship you need to be employed as an apprentice in the industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer and

  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application​​

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) trainee licence is required for anybody who is handling refrigerant while undertaking training and/or assessment. You must hold a RAC if you wish to complete the 'Service Air Conditioning and HVAC Systems' and 'Diagnose and Repair Air Conditioning and HVAC Components' units during your study. For further information please visit the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) website.

  • Your teacher will let you know when you need to take:

  • A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 2 across the bands of Learning, Reading and Writing, a score of 3 across the bands of Numeracy and Oral Communication and a score of 1 across one band of Digital Literacy. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs and to provide you with the appropriate support for your study success.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Literacy, Language and Numeracy skills at a Year 10 or equivalent level, with satisfactory Maths and English skills

  • A reasonable level of fitness to conduct heavy lifting and manual tasks

  • Good communication skills

  • The ability to work in a team environment

  • Commitment to complete formal training with TAFE NSW and informal, on-the-job training with your employer

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Motor Mechanic (General)

Motor Mechanics (General) maintain, test and repair petrol engines and the mechanical parts of lightweight motor vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    27,000 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    38 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    44 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


  • Gender share

    1% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.


Other jobs include: mobile plant mechanic, mobile plant technician and mobile plant fitter.


Workers who operate in the automotive refrigerant sector must hold the relevant Australian Refrigerant Council Refrigerant Handling licence. Visit the Artick website for more information on applying for the appropriate Refrigerant Handling license. A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for any worker who needs to access a construction site. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements. Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

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The Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology does not have any post-graduate courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 36 Units of competency, including 9 core and 27 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Inspect and service hydraulic systems AURTTA006

  • Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles AURETR125

  • Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives AURTTA105

  • Test and repair basic electrical circuits AURETR112

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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