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Automotive body specialists, might also be known as collision repair technicians or panel-beaters, replace panels and remove dents to make to repair the outside of vehicles so they are a good as new.

Perhaps you love cars but would rather not be under the bonnet? Take that love, throw in a pinch of sales skills, and a TAFE NSW course.

Customise, perfect, apply, protect, beautify. You'll need an eye for detail and strong technical skills. But you'll get an amazing career and a fine-looking result.

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Nick Martin

From the perfect jab to the perfect job

"My teachers gave me a lot of extra information they gained from working in the industry. Things you might not otherwise pick up"

Nick Martin

When Nick Martin turns his hand to something, he usually succeeds. After all, we’re talking about the man who was crowned the South Pacific Welterweight kickboxing champion, as well as award-winning butcher.

Thanks to his studies at TAFE NSW, Nick can also add gold medalist at the WorldSkills National Competition in Heavy Vehicle Mechanics.

Nick admitted the decision to change careers wasn’t easy. “I reached a point where if I wanted more challenges in butchery, I’d need to manage or open my own business,” he said. “At that point in my life I didn’t want to do that.”

So he enrolled at TAFE NSW Shellharbour to study a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology, where he appreciates the practical skills he’s learning.


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Depending on the specific type of car mechanic you’re considering, TAFE NSW has a range of qualifications to help you kickstart your mechanic career. We have courses in mechanical diagnosis, automotive technology, air conditioning, body repair, engine reconditioning, as well as mechanics courses for motorcycles, busses, trucks, forklifts, and more. Contact TAFE NSW to discover the qualification that’s right for you.

When you earn a motor mechanic qualification with TAFE NSW, we can use our network of more than 25,000 industry contacts to help connect you with employers and kickstart your career.

TAFE NSW has a large variety of automotive technology courses covering areas such as electrical, motorcycle, marine, agricultural, mobile plant, forklift, heavy and light commercial vehicle automotive technology. So, what you learn will depend largely on the specific automotive technology course you enrol in. To find out more, please contact TAFE NSW.

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What job opportunities could an automotive course lead to?

An automotive course can lead to a number of job opportunities; from fixing up cars as a mechanic, to making extensive repairs as an automotive electrician.

Qualifications in automotive practices can lead to a job as:

  • a motor mechanic 
  • a vehicle painter
  • an automotive parts salesperson
  • a heavy vehicle motor technician 
  • a motorcycle mechanic

The average weekly salary for a motor mechanic or vehicle painter is $986. Whether you're just starting out in your automotive career, want to gain more qualifications, want to add to your previous experience, or simply want to broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you. 

TAFE NSW courses in this area include:

  • Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • Automotive Servicing Technology 
  • Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Automotive Electrical Technology, Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Mobile Plant Technology
  • Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology