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Automotive trades and services courses
Automotive courses offer students a chance to explore their passion for motor vehicles and learn how to apply their expertise in a business setting.
Courses in this sector are formulated to equip you with the practical skills and background knowledge you need to accomplish painting, repairs, motor mechanics or sales tasks within any automotive organisation.
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Changing gears and changing careers
"My career change has reignited my passion." – Clayton, heavy vehicle mechanical student
Clayton Kindleysides was restless. After almost 25 years working as a chef, he’d lost his passion for cooking and found himself switching off at work. “I’d lost my inspiration; I really needed to get out,” Clayton says.
After some soul searching, Clayton enrolled in a Heavy Vehicle Mechanical course at TAFE NSW Wagga Wagga and, at the age of 46, officially swapped his apron for overalls and started an apprenticeship.
Clayton fitted in well with his classmates, with many of the younger students adopting him as a mentor. But Clayton also learned from his classmates. “I might have life experience, but a lot of these guys have been tinkering on cars since they were kids, so there’s plenty they can teach me.”
He says the teachers were incredibly supportive and imparted great industry knowledge to the class.
“My career change has reignited my passion.”
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Why study an automotive or trade services course?
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.