Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

CRICOS Code: 103612D
National Code: AUR30620


Become a qualified light vehicle technician with this nationally recognised trade course. You will learn how to service, repair, and diagnose faults in motor vehicles weighing up to 4.5 tonnes. Gain valuable practical skills in engines, transmissions, suspensions, steering, brakes, and automotive electrical systems including diagnosing and repairs to electronic engine control management systems and components. The state-of-the-art facilities at TAFE SA mean you’ll be hands-on with all the right tools and equipment.

Duration (incl. holidays)
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52 weeks
40 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.0 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 10 or overseas equivalent .
  • Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and Nepalese students need satisfactory completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent 60% in the top 4 subjects (excluding native language). If student has needed to re-sit for their exam, student will also need to provide all exam results.

Work Placement Duration:   152 hours

Students will undertake a work placement for 2 weeks each semester (76 hours per semester, 152 hours for the course).


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $8540
AUD $700*
Semester 2
AUD $8540
Fee Totals
AUD $17080
AUD $700*
Total Course Cost
AUD $17780

* International students will be required to purchase steel cap safety boots, work safety clothing, safety glasses and textbooks within the first few weeks of commencement. The approximate cost of these is $A500-$A700.

Note: TAFE SA course tuition and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the current year, course, tuition and other fees/costs for these years will apply once published. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to alter, amend or delete any fee, course, admission requirement, mode of delivery, duration or other arrangement without prior notice. If the study duration is extended beyond the period of the student’s visa the student will be liable for visa and related costs, eg medical examinations, OSHC and living expenses.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • Employment Outcomes

    Light vehicle mechanical technician.

    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 Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR30620)
    Skills covered include workplace safety, basic electrical circuits, ignition engine management systems, batteries and jump-starting, charging systems, hydraulic braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, emission control systems, diagnostic procedures and maintaining tools and equipment. 20 core units plus 16 elective units.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out servicing operations 20
    Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies 20
    Diagnose and repair charging systems 30
    Diagnose and repair cooling systems 20
    Diagnose and repair ignition systems 30
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems 20
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines 60
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems 40
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems 30
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems 30
    Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems 60
    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
    Inspect and service braking systems 20
    Inspect and service engines 20
    Inspect and service petrol fuel systems 25
    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
    Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation 15
    Carry out mechanical pre-repair operations 20
    Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace 20
    Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles 20
    Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC components 35
    Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems 80
    Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systems 50
    Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems 40
    Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems 15
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle automatic transmissions 50
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems 30
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts 20
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies 20
    Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions 40
    Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems 50
    Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems 70
    Diagnose complex system faults 80
    Inspect and service automatic transmissions 10
    Inspect and service cooling systems 10
    Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems 20
    Inspect and service drive shafts 5
    Inspect and service final drive assemblies 5
    Inspect and service manual transmissions 10
    Inspect and service steering systems 10
    Inspect and service suspension systems 10
    Inspect damaged vehicle systems and recommend repairs 20
    Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems 40
    Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes 40
    Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace 20
    Retrofit automotive air conditioning and HVAC systems 30
    Select and supply automotive parts and products 100
    Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives 10
    Service air conditioning and HVAC systems 25
    Service and maintain electrical components in hybrid electric vehicles 30
    Solder electrical wiring and circuits 20
    Test engines using a dynamometer 40
    Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace 20
    Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace 15

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