Offering Info

Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology

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

Location – Wagga Wagga - Apprenticeship

Study Type


Course Start Date


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 a qualified Mobile Plant Technologist after successful completion.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to successfully complete a knowledge assessment and a skills assessment for all units
  • to provide and bring to each session appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: safety glasses, gloves, safety footwear, suitable clothing such as cotton drill work wear and other equipment (e.g. ear protection or respiratory masks) in line with industry requirements for their workplace or worksite.


This is a blended flexible course. You will need to attend approximately 24 hours of class, over 3 consecutive days every 3 weeks, for 3 years.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are employed as an apprentice and will inspect, service, diagnose and repair mobile plant vehicles as part of their duties. You will gain a Certificate III when all units are successfully completed and the employer has signed-off all units in the Training Plan.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • language literacy and numeracy specialists
  • counsellors
  • library facilities
  • interpreter services
  • helpdesk
  • online learning support
  • guidance from student support services

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

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.00am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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?


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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
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations
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
AURETR024 Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems
AURKTB001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant braking systems
AURKTD002 Diagnose and repair mobile plant steering systems
AURKTA011 Diagnose and repair mobile plant hydraulic systems
AURKTX001 Diagnose and repair powershift transmissions
AURTTA006 Inspect and service hydraulic systems
AURTTX006 Diagnose and repair hydrostatic transmissions
AURKTQ001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant final drive assemblies
AURHTF002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems
AURTTF005 Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures
AURHTE002 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
AURKTA005 Inspect, service and repair track type drive and support systems
Elective Units
Number Title
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
AURTTB004 Inspect and service air braking systems
AURTTB006 Inspect, service and repair auxiliary braking systems
AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems
AURTTD002 Inspect and service steering systems
AURTTD004 Inspect and service suspension systems
AURTTX002 Inspect and service manual transmissions
AURTTQ001 Inspect and service final drive assemblies
AURTTF002 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
AURETR032 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
AURHTZ001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems
AURHTB001 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systems
AURHTX004 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems
AURTTE005 Overhaul engines
AURTTF003 Overhaul diesel fuel injection system components
AURTTQ003 Inspect and service drive shafts
AURTTX003 Inspect and service automatic transmissions
AURTTX004 Inspect and service hydrostatic transmissions
AURTTZ002 Diagnose and repair exhaust systems
AURVTW001 Carry out manual metal arc welding on components
AURVTW003 Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
AURVTW004 Carry out tungsten inert gas welding
AURVTW009 Carry out basic gas metal arc welding
AURVTW018 Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
AURACA001 Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace
AURATA002 Read, interpret and apply engineering drawings
AURETU003 Service air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETU004 Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURETU005 Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems
AURHTE001 Remove and install heavy vehicle engine assemblies
AURHTJ003 Remove, inspect and refit heavy vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies
AURHTJ005 Identify and apply heavy vehicle pneumatic wheeled traction performance enhancement systems
AURHTX002 Inspect, test and replace heavy vehicle automatic transmissions
AURKTA001 Synchronise plant and equipment
AURKTD001 Diagnose and repair mobile plant suspension systems
AURKTR001 Diagnose and repair electronic over hydraulic control systems
AURKTX004 Diagnose and repair continuously variable transmissions
AURTTA007 Inspect, service and repair pneumatic systems
AURTTA011 Install hydraulic systems to specified applications
AURTTA012 Fabricate and install fluid power hose assemblies
AURTTA014 Assemble and install pneumatic system components
AURTTA015 Produce engineering drawings for vehicle components
AURHTQ003 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts
AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
MEM05050B Perform routine 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

Wagga Wagga
Macleay & Coleman Streets, Wagga Wagga
Phone 131 601

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