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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Motor Mechanics (General) maintain, test and repair petrol engines and the mechanical parts of lightweight motor vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes.
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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
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.
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.
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.
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TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
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