Offering Info

Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology

  • National Course Code: AUR31216
  • TAFE NSW code: AUR31216-01V02-20WPK-582

Location – Wetherill Park (Apprenticeship)

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

8 Hours per week


3 Years

  • 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 to become qualified after successful completion.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • a training plan proposal nominating TAFE as the registered training provider for class-based delivery
  • candidates must be employed as a mobile plant apprentice.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part-time day, face to face delivery course. You will need to attend Block attendance - approximately 40 hours of class, over 5 days a week, 6 blocks per year, for 3 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 46 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace unstructured learning as an apprentice in your workplace.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are employed as mobile plant apprentices.


All students will be assessed through the RUReady program during their first attendance, students requiring assistance will be offered educational 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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled for Block Delivery. Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 4.30pm, 6 blocks per year, 40 hours per attendance block. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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?

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.

The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit

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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.

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

  • Workbook cost $150


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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURHTE002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
AURHTF002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURKTA005 Inspect, service and repair track type drive and support systems
AURKTA011 Diagnose and repair mobile plant hydraulic systems
AURKTB001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant braking systems
AURKTD002 Diagnose and repair mobile plant steering systems
AURKTQ001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant final drive assemblies
AURKTX001 Diagnose and repair powershift transmissions
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTX006 Diagnose and repair hydrostatic transmissions
Elective Units
Number Title
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURHTJ003 Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies
AURHTZ001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems
AURKTD001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant suspension systems
AURKTR001 Diagnose and repair electronic over hydraulic control systems
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines
AURTTE005 Overhaul engines
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
AURTTX003 Inspect and service automatic transmissions
AURTTX004 Inspect and service hydrostatic transmissions
AURVTW009 Carry out basic gas metal arc welding

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

Wetherill Park
The Horsley Drive, Wetherill Park
Phone 131 601

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