Offering Info

Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR31216
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR31216-01V02-20KUR-999

Location – Kurri Kurri - Apprenticeship

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

41.2 Hours per week


21 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology is the key to enjoying a career maintaining and repairing big rigs, mega machines and high-powered engines. Become a qualified mobile plant mechanic and stay one-step ahead of technology in this rapidly expanding industry.


Through your on-the-job experience and course work, you will learn to diagnose and repair:

  • Engine and engine components such as drive and support systems
  • Mobile plant braking systems, fluid power and steering systems
  • Drive assembles and transmissions
  • Electrical and electronic circuit systems


Develop the personal qualities and skills needed to get ahead in this field:

  • Strong technical and mechanical aptitude
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Hard working attitude


Completing the course will equip you with:

  • A nationally recognised trade qualification at Certificate III level
  • Eligibility to apply for your automotive mechanic tradesperson certificate (licence)
  • The tools to enter a career in the mining, construction, agriculture or automotive retail industries

Career opportunities:

  • Mobile plant mechanic
  • Mobile plant technician


Continue to strengthen your mobile plant career with these qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
  • Certificate IV in Automotive Management
  • Diploma in Automotive Technology
  • Diploma in Automotive Management


The Australian Motor Vehicle Engine and Parts Repair industry is forecast to generate $13.4 billion in revenue and grow by an annualised 1.8% over the five years through to 2024/25. This course will equip you with the skills you need to meet this growing demand, understand and use emerging mobile plant technologies and be ready to launch your career in this dynamic industry.

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 Mobile Plant 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 mobile plant technician evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Be a registered apprentice with an Australian Support Network (ANS) provider
  • 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 apprentices taking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Non-apprentices will need to be in either relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to complete the learning and assessment requirements.

You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to assist you.


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

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 in the automotive retail, service and repair industry after successful completion.


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, over 5 days a week, for 1 week every 6 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 162.9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research including at work, accessing and interpreting workshop manuals and technical materials including manufacturers specifications.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are employed as an apprentice, with a signed Training Contract and Training Plan registered with Training Services NSW


Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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 course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

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:

  • Supplemental text package: $100.00
  • Student Kit (pen, highlighter, folder and notebook): $9.95
  • Textbook package (2 x text books), Fundamentals of Mobile Heavy Equipment, Jones and Bartlett Learning, ISBN: 978-1-284-11291-7 and Fundamentals of Medium/Heavy Duty Diesel Engines, Jones and Bartlett Learning, ISBN: 978-1-284-06705-3: $330.00
  • CDX Online Resource (optional): $75.00

Note: these are 2019 prices and are subject to change from year to year.


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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.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

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
AURHTE002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
AURHTF002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTX006 Diagnose and repair hydrostatic transmissions
AURKTB001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant braking systems
AURKTQ001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant final drive assemblies
AURKTA011 Diagnose and repair mobile plant hydraulic systems
AURKTD002 Diagnose and repair mobile plant steering systems
AURKTX001 Diagnose and repair powershift transmissions
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems
AURKTA005 Inspect, service and repair track type drive and support 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
AURETU004 Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURKTR001 Diagnose and repair electronic over hydraulic control systems
AURHTQ003 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts
AURHTZ001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems
AURKTD001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant suspension systems
AURTTA012 Fabricate and install fluid power hose assemblies
AURTTX003 Inspect and service automatic transmissions
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines
MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
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.

The Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology apprenticeship is the practical pathway to a career in:

  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Earthmoving and agriculture
  • Automotive Retail

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

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