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Automotive

Are you looking for a hands-on career in a growing industry?

A career in the automotive industry offers diverse job opportunities, stable employment and collaborative, hands-on work environments. Over 300,000 people across Australia are employed in the automotive industry and thanks to advancements in technology, the career opportunities are only growing.

Whether you’re interested in servicing cars, manufacturing purpose built vehicles or maintaining heavy plant machinery, the automotive industry has a wide range of job opportunities. Take a Certificate II or III course or enroll in an automotive short course at TAFE and get a flying start in an rewarding automotive career.

  • Automotive Air Conditioning Serviceperson 
  • Automotive Electrical Component Installer
  • Accessory Fitter
  • Automotive Electrical Trainee/Assistant
  • Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician 
  • Tyre Fitter and Repairer
  • Automotive Salesperson 
  • Various Other Opportunities

Did you know?

A $12 million upgrade is underway to transform heavy plant, engineering & trades workshops at Kalgoorlie & Northam campuses.

Reasons to study in this industry

  • Automotive electricians, mechanics, panel beaters and vehicle painters are in high demand
  • Most industries, particularly construction & mining, and manufacturing depend on a strong transport industry
  • The beauty of working within the automotive industry is it's very diverse, providing opportunities for a range of skillsets

Nowadays, cars and vehicles are essential tools for life. They aren’t just ways to get from point a to b, they also provide ease and convenience, and help us to spend more time on life’s great moments. For many, cars are not just a way to get to places easily, they’re also a way to express individuality and style, too. So when it comes to the automotive industry, you’ll find that there’s a wide array of opportunities available for people like you who are interested in working with cars and vehicles. But what if you’re interested in learning what makes cars run, and want to learn more about the inner workings of automobiles? Studying an auto electrical course at TAFE will give you the practical skills and knowledge needed to start off a career in the automotive electrical industry.

Automotive Electrical Courses

Interested in learning how to manufacture, modify, and repair a wide range of automotive vehicles? Whether you’re after developing your skills in working with light commercial vehicles, or want to test yourself and work with heavy commercial vehicles, automotive manufacturing training might just be the right path for you. 

The automotive industry’s constant advancements towards new technology ensure a dynamic, exciting career where every day is different, and no two days are the same, so if you’re passionate about building and repairing vehicles, this might be the perfect fit.

Automotive Manufacturing Courses

Interested in learning more about the vehicles that power our construction, plant, agricultural, and mining industries? While learning how to service light vehicles is an essential skill to have, it’s also extremely exciting to have the skills to check and repair heavy vehicles that help us make great strides in manual, laborious work. If you’re the type of person who likes figuring out how complex, heavy machinery works, as well as problem-solving for solutions that are efficient and functional, studying heavy automotive plant courses might just fit your interests.

Heavy Automotive Plant Courses

Good vehicle servicing training comes from programs that are designed to develop a range of skills that will assist you as you begin to learn more about the automotive service and repair industry. If your goal is to service and repair vehicles, you’ll learn from our vehicle service courses how to inspect, diagnose, and repair components and systems of cars, motorcycles, and heavy vehicles. You’ll encounter and learn about steering and suspension systems, single electrical circuits, mechanical systems, brakes, transmissions, cooling systems, and air conditioning systems.

Vehicle Servicing Courses

^ Please note: You'll pay half price for the course fees, other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.
National ID: AUR20218
State ID: BDQ6
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology

Feeling cold about your auto career? This is one hot opportunity.

Work in the automotive industry servicing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. You'll learn practical skills in retrofitting, modifying, diagnosing, repairing faults and more.

Study modes:

Flexible
On campus

Take your career in the automotive industry to the next level.

Advance your career in the automotive industry. When you complete the Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology you will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the automotive industry servicing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, retrofitting and modifying, diagnosing and repairing faults, whilst learning to work safely in the workplace.

This qualification offers a credit transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning  (RPL) for the vehicle servicing component within the Certificate II in Automotive Technology.

Please note: Central Regional TAFE offers this as a standalone course, but if you are an apprentice completing AUR30616 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Technology or AUR30316 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology,  you have the opportunity to complete a Certificate II in Automotive Air-Conditioning Technology as well.

Certificate II
National ID: AUR30316
State ID: BAD3
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Spark up a career that’s always in need.

Gain the skills to service, diagnose and repair electrical systems and components in a range of vehicles by completing this hands-on apprenticeship.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Apprenticeship

Start your engines - your automotive career begins here.

A Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology will give you a start in the automotive electrical industry. You will gain vital skills and knowledge including electric and electronic diagnosis and repair, vehicle wiring, overhauling alternators and starter motors, electronic drive systems, electric vehicle charging systems and workplace safety and health.

Half price fees apply!

Certificate III
National ID: AUR20516
State ID: AB06
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Heavy Vehicle Servicing Pre-Apprenticeship)

Big engines, big career, big opportunity.

Learn the skills to prepare for a heavy vehicle or plant mechanic apprenticeship. This pre-app will train you to work on loaders, bulldozers, dump trucks and haul trucks.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Pre-Apprenticeship

Gear up for a career working with big engines.

When you complete the Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Heavy Vehicle Servicing Pre-Apprenticeship) you'll have what employers are looking for in an apprentice light vehicle, heavy vehicle and plant and agricultural mechanic.

You will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the heavy automotive industry, working on loaders, bulldozers, dump trucks and haul trucks, inspecting and servicing transmissions, steering, brakes, fuel injection systems, hydraulics, and batteries, troubleshooting basic faults, and workplace safety and health.

Certificate II
National ID: AUR20516
State ID: AB05
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Light Vehicle Servicing Pre-Apprenticeship)

Guaranteed work every 10,000 kms.

Learn to service your own car or gain the skills to become an apprentice in the most in-demand automotive trade areas. Set yourself up for a career in an industry that's always in need of skilled workers.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Pre-Apprenticeship

Steer yourself towards a future in the Automotive industry.

This hands on entry level course will equip you to service your own car or gain the skills to become an apprentice in all the automotive trade areas, such as light vehicle mechanic, heavy and plant mechanic, panel beating, spray painting and automotive electrician.

Learn skills to carry out servicing operations, inspecting and servicing engines, steering and suspension systems, carry out repairs to single electrical circuits as well as maintaining workplace tools and equipment. You will also learn how to apply safe work practices and apply basic automotive troubleshooting processes.

Certificate II
National ID: AUR21916
State ID: BAF6
Industry Automotive

Certificate II in Automotive Tyre Servicing Technology

Stop spinning wheels, start getting somewhere.

Hit the ground running - gain the skills you'll need to work on tyres in the automotive retail, service and repair industries with light, heavy and agricultural vehicles. 

Delivered at:

Study modes:

On campus

Get some real traction within the automotive industry.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of tasks related to servicing tyres of motorcycles, light vehicles, heavy vehicles, agricultural vehicles, earthmoving and off-the-road vehicles in an automotive service and repair business.   

The Certificate II in Automotive Tyre Servicing Technology prepares new employees or recognises and develops existing workers who service the following vehicle tyres in an automotive service or repair business:

  • light vehicles
  • heavy vehicles
  • agricultural equipment 

After completing this qualification you'll also be able to apply for a Motor Trade Association of Western Australia (MTAWA) repairers’ certificate in tyre servicing.

Some things you'll learn:

  • How to identify basic automotive faults using troubleshooting processes
  • How to use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
  • How to select vehicle tyres, wheels and rims for heavy vehicles, light vehicles, agricultural machinery, earthmovers and off road vehicles
  • How to balance wheels and tyres
  • How to inspect and service braking, steering and suspension systems
Certificate II
National ID: AUR31116
State ID: BAF2
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Get into an industry that really makes tracks.

When you complete the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology you'll be ready for a career in the heavy vehicle industry, with skills that can carry you across multiple machines.

Study modes:

Apprenticeship

This is the spark you need to ignite a career in heavy machines.

From dump trucks, bulldozers, drilling rigs, to heavy plant machinery, heavy automotives need servicing just like any other automotive. Like with light vehicles, there are many parts that ensure the smooth operation of heavy vehicles. And with heavy machinery, it’s important to ensure that all parts are fully functional, from the cooling systems, the mechanical equipment, the engine, the steering and suspension systems, and even the electrical circuits. 

You will have the broad range of skills and knowledge to work effectively in the industry, including diagnosing and repairing drivelines, drive assemblies, engines, suspension, brakes, hydraulics, pneumatic systems, steering, wiring and circuits, welding, thermal cutting, and workplace safety and health.

Half price fees apply!

Certificate III
National ID: AUR30616
State ID: BAE6
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Start your engines, the road to an auto career starts here.

Learn all about diagnosis and repair, braking systems, transmissions, servicing, suspension, workplace safety and health and more in a quality workshop with experienced lecturers.

Study modes:

Apprenticeship

It's time to gear up for your automotive career.

By completing a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology you will be ready for a career in the automotive servicing industry. You will have the broad range of skills and knowledge required to work effectively in the automotive industry, including diagnosis and repair, braking systems, transmissions, servicing, suspension, and workplace safety and health.

The Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology is an apprenticeship you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

Half price fees apply! 

Certificate III
National ID: AUR31216
State ID: BAD7
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology

Know the mechanics that power big industries.

This course is suitable for those wanting to understand and work on mobile plant vehicles in the service and repair industry. Your skills will be in demand in construction, agriculture, mining and beyond.

Delivered at:

Study modes:

Apprenticeship

Gain the skills to work in a variety of different automotive environments.

From dump trucks, bulldozers, drilling rigs, to heavy plant machinery, heavy automotives need servicing just like any other automotive. Like with light vehicles, there are many parts that ensure the smooth operation of heavy vehicles. And with heavy machinery, it’s important to ensure that all parts are fully functional, from the cooling systems, the mechanical equipment, the engine, the steering and suspension systems, and even the electrical circuits.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of mobile plant vehicles in the automotive service and repair industry. It is suitable for entry into the mining, construction and agricultural environment.

Half price fees apply! 

Certificate III
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