Offering Info

Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR31116
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR31116-01V02-21KUR-998

Location – Kurri Kurri (Apprenticeship)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

41.2 Hours per week


21 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

Love the sound of a revving engine and to get your hands dirty? Then the nationally accredited Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology is for you. Learn to repair, maintenance and replace parts and become a trade qualified heavy diesel mechanic.


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

  • Identify charging systems, starting systems and electrical systems
  • Manage ignition engines and other systems
  • Diagnose brake, steering and suspension systems
  • Repair clutches, transmissions and drivelines


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Strong technical and mechanical aptitude
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Sharp problem-solving skills
  • A keen eye for detail


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised trade qualification at Certificate III level
  • Eligibility to apply for your tradesperson certificate (licence) through Service NSW

Career opportunities:

  • Heavy diesel mechanic
  • Heavy diesel technician


This course qualifies you to work as an automotive mechanic tradesperson. Expand your opportunities with these further study options:

  • Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
  • Certificate IV in New Small Business

This course is superseded.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.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the heavy commercial vehicle mechanics industry evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application


There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice. Enquire today and our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will support you to understand any eligibility or entry requirements for our non-apprenticeship qualifications.


There is no work placement requirement for this qualification. As an apprentice, you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

If you are enrolling as a non-apprentice, you need to be in relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments in order to meet the course completion requirements.


To be prepared for this course, we recommended that you have:

  • Satisfactory mathematical and English skills, to at least a year 10 level
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work in a team environment
  • A reasonable level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the role
  • An interest in mechanics

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanic after successful completion
  • Have proficiency with LLN (language, learning & numeracy)

Although not an entry requirement, a drivers licence would also be desirable.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To attend the required lessons both theory and practical.
  • Be assessed as competent for both theory and practical for all units of competency studied, complete and submit workplace performance evidence reports.
  • There is no work placement requirement for apprentices taking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 41.2 hours of class, 5 days a week, over 7 blocks per year, for 3 years.

Hours for unsupervised activities should include workplace learning, which we would estimate at 20 hours per working week for a 41 week year, totalling 2460 hours throughout the three year duration of study at TAFE; or totalling 3420 hours if the fourth year of workplace training (within apprenticeship) is included.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are an Apprentice with a signed Training Contract and Training Plan.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Completed year 10 of high school or its equivalent
  • Satisfactory maths and English skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work in a team environment
  • Commitment to complete formal training with TAFE NSW and informal, on-the-job training with your employer


TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • CDX Text book package: $330
  • Text Book Supplement, Text book supplement provides educational content gap in text book for delivery aganst training package guidelines $100
  • Mobile plant hydraulic hose unit of competency consumables for hose manufacture $25
  • Optional charges: CDX online educational resourse $75
  • Folder/pen/highlighter $9.95


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
AURHTD002 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systems
AURHTD003 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension systems
AURHTB001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems
AURHTE002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
AURHTQ003 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts
AURHTZ001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURETR022 Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTQ001 Inspect and service final drive assemblies
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
Elective Units
Number Title
AURVTW018 Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
AURETU004 Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURHTQ002 Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assemblies
AURHTX003 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle automatic transmissions
AURHTX004 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems
AURHTF002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURHTB002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systems
AURHTX001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissions
AURTTX003 Inspect and service automatic transmissions
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
AURETU003 Service air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Kurri Kurri
McLeod Road, Kurri Kurri
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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