Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology

National Code: AUR30516
TAFE SA Code: TP00914


If you are interested in undertaking an Apprenticeship as a marine mechanic and work on inboard boat engines and equipment, then this is the course for you. By undertaking this study you will gain the skills and knowledge as a marine mechanic who is normally working in a boat workshop or in a combined workshop/retail sales outlet. Studies will cover diagnosing problems, repairing and servicing engines and engine components, cooling and petrol fuel systems and clutch assemblies.

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Up to 48 months 

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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a range of tasks in the marine industry. It is suitable for entry into the marine mechanical service and repair sector.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology (AUR30516)
    Skills covered include workplace safety, basic electrical circuits, batteries and jump-starting, charging systems, starting systems, marine engines, controls and instruments, marine electrical systems, engine science and maintaining tools and equipment. 11 core units plus 19 electives.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply knowledge of engine science 40
    Diagnose and repair charging systems 30
    Diagnose and repair marine electrical systems 20
    Diagnose and repair starting systems 30
    Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace 25
    Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace 20
    Install marine electrical systems and components 15
    Install marine engines, controls and instruments 55
    Test and repair basic electrical circuits 40
    Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles 15
    Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections 30
    Carry out diagnostic procedures 20
    Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting 30
    Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems 50
    Diagnose and repair cooling systems 20
    Diagnose and repair ignition systems 30
    Diagnose and repair marine inboard engines 40
    Diagnose and repair marine inboard propeller drive systems 25
    Diagnose and repair marine inboard transmissions 30
    Diagnose and repair marine jet drive propulsion systems 20
    Diagnose and repair marine outboard and stern drive transmissions 30
    Diagnose and repair marine outboard engines 40
    Diagnose and repair marine steering systems 30
    Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems 60
    Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems 20
    Inspect and service marine inboard engines 20
    Inspect and service marine outboard engines 20
    Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems 40
    Service and repair trailers up to 4.5 tonnes 15
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