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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.

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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.

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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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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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CAPE Testimonial - Automotive Repair and Maintenance

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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CAPE - Automotive - FAQ

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Do you love the sound of a well-tuned engine? Do you find yourself tinkering under the hood of your car getting your hands dirty, or want to know more about emerging car technology? A career as a car mechanic could be for you.

Studying motor mechanics allows you to pursue your passion for all things automotive, as you learn how to service, diagnose and repair, decorate and sell anything from a classic Ford Torona GT to a modern BMW Coupè or John Deere S790 Combine.

We offer a comprehensive range of automotive courses from car, heavy vehicle, motorcycle and mobile plant mechanics, through to automotive glazing, body repair and sales.

An apprenticeship in any of these fields will set you up for life, equipping you with industry skills and everything you need to start your own sole trader business.

If you’re looking for a specialist trade, consider a career in agricultural mechanics or engine reconditioning.

Our automotive courses equip you with the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to become qualified as a car mechanic, motor mechanic, or automotive specialist.

You’ll learn mechanical and electrical fundamentals including servicing, diagnostic and repairs on things like the engine, steering, suspension, driveline, brakes, body control and vehicle communication systems.

You’ll also use your communication skills and attention to detail to learn how to successfully run your own business and create safe work environments in the automotive industry.

Whether you want to restore a vintage vehicle, work on modern SUVs or get out in the agriculture field, there are many exciting opportunities in the automotive industry, including:

  • Automotive electrician
  • Automotive mechanic
  • Automotive salesperson
  • Car mechanic
  • Heavy vehicle mechanic
  • Light vehicle mechanic
  • Marine trimming technician
  • Mobile plant mechanic
  • Motorcycle mechanic
  • Vehicle refinishing technician
  • Vehicle spray painter

Put your keys in the ignition with a foundational Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation, kick-start your career as a qualified car mechanic with a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, and then rev it up with a Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis.

Cars, trucks, and agricultural machinery are the backbone of Australia, with 19.5 million vehicles being registered at the beginning on 2019. Evolving industries, sustainable environmental standards and automotive technology advancements mean that you need to be skilled to meet what the future has in store with 23,000 job openings until 2024. There’s no better time to get into gear with a TAFE NSW automotive qualification.

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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.

Career paths within the automotive industry include jobs such as:

  • Motor mechanic
  • Vehicle painter
  • Automotive parts salesperson
  • Heavy vehicle motor technician
  • Motorcycle mechanic

In Australia, the average weekly salary for a motor mechanic is $1,436 per week. Requirements of a mechanic include the completion of an apprenticeship and relevant qualifications, such as the Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology, or the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology.

TAFE NSW courses in this area are offered in various specialties, such as:

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

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.

Source: joboutlook.gov.au