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Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Bus, Truck and Trailer

National Course Code: AUM30218


The nationally recognised Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Bus, Truck and Trailer will drive you to a career you will love as a licensed automotive manufacturing technician. You will learn to build sturdy automotive products, and stand out in the industry.

This is a fully government subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Read and interpret technical documents
  • Select correct vehicle manufacturing materials
  • Plan, mark out and cut products
  • Use specialist manufacturing techniques
  • Manufacture and assemble products
  • Install automotive products
  • Use hand and power tools


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • A passion for all things automotive and manufacturing
  • Attention to detail
  • Creative thinking
  • Great communication skills
  • The ability to work in a team and independently


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Eligibility to apply for a trade licence
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Automotive manufacturing technician
  • Sub assembly technician
  • Vehicle body builder
  • Coach builder technician


Challenge yourself with the:

  • Certificate IV in Automotive Manufacturing
  • Diploma of Automotive Manufacturing
  • Certificate IV in Small Business


The automotive industry is one of Australias strongest industries, with cars, trucks and agricultural machinery all evolving rapidly to support personal and commercial productivity. Technology advancements and environmental standards have pushed demand for qualified automotive workers, with an expected 23,000 job openings until 2024.


This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • An interest in automotive manufacturing design, principles and concepts
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Creative thinking skills
  • Great communication skills
  • Collaborative team player spirit
  • A safety mindset
  • Strong spatial awareness and hand eye coordination

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

In this course you will undertake:

  • Written assessments which include knowledge tests
  • Practical assessments which include skills assessments

The Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Bus, Truck and Trailer is a trade qualification where youll gain all your underpinning experience in specific manufacturing. It provides real world exposure where youll apply what youre learning in TAFE NSW simulated work environments and on-the-job with your employer. Graduates will be eligible to become licensed vehicle manufacturers or installers through Service NSW, and many go on to start their own business as production technicians.

The Certificate IV in Automotive Manufacturing will ensure you are a master technician in the automotive manufacturing sector. You will expand your developing skills and start to finesse your talents.

The Diploma of Automotive Manufacturing sees you take your career to the next level, by becoming a specialist technician. You will be able to undertake a range of complex and non-routine tasks with substantial self-direction and judgement, including leadership of others.

There are no excursions for this course, as you will get hands-on experience working in the industry with skilled tradespeople.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Examining drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
  • Selecting appropriate materials for specific vehicle projects
  • Planning, marking out and cutting products
  • Handling and storing materials
  • Manufacturing and assembling products
  • Fitting off the shelf products to bus, trucks and trailers
  • Preparing, assembling and installing vehicle components
  • Applying safe work practices in the automotive manufacturing environment
  • Applying heavy vehicle standards
  • Performing basic welding, thermal cutting, heating and gouging

TAFE NSW is known for delivering up-to-date theory along with relevant, in-demand skills to ensure you are job ready.

In this course you will work on real-world projects, in simulated TAFE NSW environments, such as:

  • Designing real-world manufacturing projects
  • Fabricate products for bus, truck and trailer applications
  • Installing products for bus, truck and trailer applications

In the Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Bus, Truck and Trailer you will have the opportunity to study in Industry simulated purpose built workshops.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments like industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

The Australian Motor Vehicle Engine and Parts Repair and Maintenance industry has been growing over the past five years and is further projected to grow every year by 1.7% between 2019/20 and 2023/24. The Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations ensures that you will be able to meet rising demands of consumers.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • Part Time Day
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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