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Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology

National Course Code: AUR31216


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology is the key to enjoying a career maintaining and repairing big rigs, mega machines and high-powered engines. Become a qualified mobile plant mechanic and stay one-step ahead of technology in this rapidly expanding industry.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Identify engine components such as drive and support systems
  • Mobile plant braking systems, fluid power and steering systems
  • Drive assembles and transmissions
  • Electrical and electronic circuit systems


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Strong technical and mechanical aptitude
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Hard working attitude


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised trade qualification at Certificate III level
  • Eligibility to apply for your automotive mechanic tradesperson certificate (licence)
  • The tools to enter a career in the mining, construction, agriculture or automotive retail industries

Career opportunities:

  • Mobile plant mechanic
  • Mobile plant technician


Continue to strengthen your mobile plant career with these qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A keen interest in mobile plant technology
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Good communication skills

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 written or computer based knowledge assessments and project assignments
  • Practical assessments which include workshop based skills assessments

If you are an apprentice, skills gained in your workplace may be recognised as evidence to contribute towards skills assessments.

The Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation is an entry level qualification that provides no exposure to simulated or real world. It does cover your foundational skills for the mechanics industry, and will give you a taste of what an automotive career could be like.

This course, the Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology, is where youll gain all your underpinning experience in automotive mechanics. It is a trade level course and provides real world exposure where you will apply what youre learning in real and simulated environments.

The Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis doesnt cover the underpinning experience gained in the Certificate III. This course focuses on diagnostics at an advanced level, and depending on your location, management and supervisory skills. You do need to complete the Certificate III before enrolling into the Certificate IV.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Using basic hand and power tools
  • Using workshop tools and equipment
  • Diagnosing and repairing automotive mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical systems
  • Critical thinking
  • Multi-tasking
  • Working independently and collaboratively

You will work on real world projects including:

  • Carrying out tasks that you will be doing in your job role
  • Work health and safety

You will learn in TAFE NSW classrooms and train in state-of-the-art simulated purpose-built workshops that have the facilities, equipment, resources and tooling to replicate the conditions and pressures of a real workplace.

The mobile plant industry is extremely broad and dynamic. The industry is calling for technicians who are able to take initiative to maintain and repair mobile plant technology. The evolving nature of this industry means there is high-demand for qualified employees and the opportunity to push yourself further.

Forecast growth in the mining and heavy industry construction work will increase the usage of mobile plant machinery, which in turn is expected to increase demand for associated service and repair work.

This qualification is amongst those that leads to the highest paying jobs in Australia, providing career pathways in Automotive Retail, Service and Repair industries.

The Motor Vehicle Engine and Parts Repair industry in Australia is forecast to generate $13.4 billion in revenue and grow by an annualised 1.8% over the five years through to 2024/25.
This course focuses on meeting todays rapidly evolving technology advances while preparing for the future.
Changing industry, government and environmental standards and ongoing technological advancement mean that you need to be skilled to meet what the future has in store. Mobile plant machinery is now more complicated and are carrying more weight than ever. This has seen the increase in electronic controls to ensure this can be done safely and efficiently.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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