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Certificate III In Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Course Code: AUR30620 | CRICOS 106389D

Course Duration: 81 weeks (6 Terms)

Course Summary

Start a promising career in the Australian automotive retail, service, and repair industry for light vehicles with this Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology. This is a tailored course designed for international students looking at starting or advancing their careers.

This certificate course imparts fundamental knowledge and skills needed for success in the field, including the diagnosis of mechanical repairs using specialised tools and equipment.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll find yourself on a pathway toward higher Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications, setting the stage for a rewarding career as a Diagnostic Technician. The program focuses on equipping you with the expertise required to service, diagnose, and repair mechanical parts of motor vehicles, encompassing critical components such as engines, transmissions, and suspension systems.

Our comprehensive curriculum covers a wide range of topics, from diagnosing and repairing charging systems, starting systems, ignition systems, compression ignition engine management systems, to spark ignition engine management systems. In addition to these skills, you’ll also learn how to test, charge, and replace batteries, ensuring a well-rounded skill set for the automotive service and repair industry.

Practical experience is a cornerstone of this course, allowing you to gain hands-on expertise and specialised skills that provide a distinct advantage in the competitive job market.

There is a strong demand for qualified mechanics in Australia, with job openings expected to remain steady in the coming years. To learn more, download our course brochure, or apply online to take the next step.

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What You Will Learn

You will study Information and Communications Technology topics and case studies as they apply to different Australian industries.

There will be immersive hands–on practical work, using critical IT problem solving skills, research, consultation and collaborating with diverse teams.

Sample course units:

  • AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURETR132 Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
  • AURETR112 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTA104 Carry out servicing operations
  • AURTTA017 Carry out vehicle safety inspections
  • AURLTB103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must hold a current Approved visa for study in Australia (at the time of course commencement)
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory completion of studies in applicant’s home country equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification*
  • Are required to provide evidence of any one of the following tests of upper intermediate proficiency in English: (see exemptions below)
English Language Tests
ItemTest NameAlso known asMinimum Test Score
1International English Language Testing systemIELTS Test

• Overall band score 6.0; or;

• Overall band score 5.5 if packaged with at least 12 weeks ELICOS; or

• Overall band score of 5.0 if packaged with at least 24 weeks ELICOS.

2Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) testCertificate in Advanced English

• 169; or

• 162, if packaged with at least 12 weeks ELICOS; or

• 154, if packaged with at least 24 weeks ELICOS.

3Pearson Test of English AcademicPTE

• 50; or

• 42, if packaged with at least 12 weeks ELICOS; or

• 36, if packaged with at least 24 weeks ELICOS.

4Occupational English TestOET• A score of at least B for each test component of the OET.

*On 26 July 2023 the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) stopped offering English language tests for Australian visa purposes. A score for a TOEFL iBT test taken on or after 26 July 2023 will no longer satisfy the English langauge requirement for Approved visa for study in Australia purposes. Only TOEFL iBT scores from a test taken on or before 25 July 2023 are accepted for Approved visa for study in Australia purposes.

* Under 18 students must have welfare and accommodation arrangements approved by the Department of Home Affairs.


You do not need to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if one of the following applies:

  •  You are a citizen and hold a passport from the UK, USA, Canada, NZ, or Republic of Ireland
  • You are an applicant who is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES)
  • You are enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), a course registered to be delivered in a language other than English, or a registered post-graduate research course
  •  You have completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
  • In the 2 years before applying for the approved visa for study in Australia, you completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while you held a approved visa for study in Australia.

Note: You may be required to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if you hold a British National Overseas (BNO) passport.


Study Pathway

1. Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis

2. Diploma of Automotive Technology

Career Pathway

Full-time share

95 %

Average full-time

46 hours

Employment size

1,700 workers

Skill level rating


Average age

 39 years

Weekly pay


Gender share

 1% female

Future growth

Strong Growth

Jobs Roles

Jobs Roles Available Avg. Salary Offered Annual Salary Range Offered Weekly Salary Source of occupation and Salary Range
Motor Mechanics
$ 65780
$ 1265
Job Role Descriptions

Explore Exciting Career Opportunities in Automotive Technology at South Sydney College

Are you passionate about cars and eager to pursue a career in the automotive industry? Look no further! South Sydney College offers a range of specialized courses designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in this dynamic field. Whether you’re interested in automotive electrical technology, light vehicle mechanical technology, or automotive mechanical diagnosis, we have the right program for you. Here’s a glimpse of the career opportunities awaiting you upon completion of our certificate and diploma courses:

Automotive Electricians
Average Salary: $74,880
Diagnose, repair, and maintain electrical systems in vehicles, ensuring optimal performance and safety.

Motor Mechanics
Average Salary: $65,780
Diagnose and repair mechanical issues in vehicles, including engines, brakes, and suspension systems.

Electrical Engineers
Average Salary: $131,976
Design and develop electrical systems for automotive applications, ensuring efficiency and compliance with industry standards.

Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons
Average Salary: $63,128
Assist customers in selecting and purchasing vehicles or automotive parts, providing expert advice and customer service.

After-sales Service Manager
Average Salary: $80,000
Oversee the service department of automotive dealerships, ensuring efficient and high-quality after-sales service for customers.

Senior Mechanical Project Engineer
Average Salary: $125,000
Lead and manage mechanical engineering projects in the automotive industry, from design to implementation.

Design Engineer
Average Salary: $102,500
Design innovative automotive components and systems, utilizing CAD software and engineering principles to meet performance and safety standards.

Enroll in our certificate and diploma programs today at South Sydney College and kickstart your journey towards a rewarding career in the automotive industry!

Course Fee

Click here for the latest Price Guide

Special pricing is available for applicants currently applying within Australia.

Please contact our Education Advisors for details on specials that may be available for your country and course.

Latest fees and schedules are in the course infopack.

Intake Dates

2024: 29-JAN, 19-FEB, 11-MAR, 15-APR, 6-MAY, 27-MAY, 8-JUL, 29-JUL, 19-AUG, 23-SEP, 14-OCT, 4-NOV, 25-NOV, 16-DEC
2025: 27-JAN, 17-FEB, 10-MAR, 14-APR, 5-MAY, 26-MAY, 7-JUL, 28-JUL, 18-AUG, 22-SEP, 13-OCT, 3-NOV, 24-NOV, 15-DEC

Campus Location

Main Campus (Burwood)
GM Tower Level 2,
11-15 Deane St,
Burwood, NSW 2134
[email protected]
+61 2 8599 8866

Automotive Workshop
35A Daisy St,
[email protected]
+61 2 8599 8866

Why Study With
South Sydney College

Live & Study In Sydney, Australia

Attend classes with other overseas students under our expert trainers in our Sydney campus.

Nationally Recognised Qualification

SSC is a registered provider of nationally recognised and accredited training courses for both Australian and International Students.

Flexible Study Methods

We have multiple intake schedules throughout the year with a mix of face-to-face and online classes.

Industry Experienced Trainers

All expert trainers have years of experience in their field and mentor International Students every year.

Primer Student Service

Our dedicated student co-ordinators are always ready to help through mentoring, tutorials, and guides while you study in Sydney.

Student VISA

We will guide you throughout the whole process and help you collect requirements and file your application to the Australian Government.

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