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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.

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.

Does tomorrow's innovation and race breed technology get you revved up? Our specialist facilities, industry events and relationships, and courses for everyone from high school students to tradespeople, put you in pole position in this area of skills shortage.

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.

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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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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 an motor mechanic, vehicle painter, automotive parts salesperson, heavy vehicle motor technician or motorcycle mechanic. The average weekly salary for a motor mechanic or vehicle painter is $986. 

Whether you're just starting out in your career in the automotive sector, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE courses in the area include Automotive Body Repair Technology, Automotive Servicing Technology, Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, Automotive Electrical Technology, Engineering (Mechanical), Mobile Plant Technology and Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology.