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Mechanical Technology

Certificate III In Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

(include 10 weeks holiday)


Automotive Mechanic, Motor Mechanic, Roadside assistance


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of light vehicles in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

Mode of Delivery

Face to face delivery


Duration of course is 70 weeks which includes 60 weeks delivery and 10 weeks holiday.

BIT Delivery Locations
Classrooms 380 Bourke St
Classroom and workshop 95 – 97 Lorimer Street Docklands

BIT only delivers this course in Victoria. No interstate delivery is currently scheduled.

Packaging Rules

To be awarded this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 36 units of competency, consisting of:

Total number of units = 36

  • 20 core unit, plus

  • 16 elective units

Vocational pathway

After completing AUR30620 - Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology learners can enter in to AUR40216 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis

Employment/Career pathway

Graduates can either work as mechanics in various types of workshops or with further training run a workshop or dealership where they may manage and direct the sale and servicing of vehicles, control expenses and maintain customer satisfaction.

Possible job titles include:

Automotive Mechanic

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. Though they may need to be licenced to carry out roadworthies and some other activities.

Please refer to the following source for Pathway and employment outcomes and Job Pathways Charts illustrating potential career pathways within the automotive industry

Source: https://www.myskills.gov.au/courses/details?Code=AUR30620

Teaching and Assessment Methods

This qualification is an institution-based program with face-to-face trainer-led theory classes, practical sessions involving small groups, individual and team activities and computer-based activities and projects. Trainers and learners will also have access to learning resources and textbooks.

Intake dates

Please contact BIT’s admissions or marketing department for information on our upcoming intakes.

Note* Information contained on the website is not sufficient for Enrollment purposes however, this information should be read in conjunction with student handbook, student prospectus and brochures.

Core units


Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace


Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace


Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace


Test and repair basic electrical circuits


Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems


Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles


Diagnose and repair charging systems


Diagnose and repair starting systems


Diagnose and repair ignition systems


Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems


Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems


Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems


Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines


Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems


Carry out servicing operations


Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies


Inspect and service braking systems


Diagnose and repair cooling systems


Inspect and service engines


Inspect and service petrol fuel systems

Elective units


Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace


Conduct information sessions in an automotive workplace


Inspect technical quality of work in an automotive workplace


Solder electrical wiring and circuits


Carry out vehicle safety inspections


Remove, inspect and refit wheel hubs and associated brake components


Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems


Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace


Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes


Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies


Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts


Diagnose and repair light vehicle manual transmissions


Diagnose and repair light vehicle automatic transmissions


Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems


Inspect damaged vehicle systems and recommend repairs


Diagnose and repair exhaust systems

Entry Requirements

As per training package there are no formal prerequisites required to enter the AUR30620- Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology. Although the training package specifies no entry requirement for this course International Learners entering this course at Brighton Institute of Technology must meet the following entry requirements:

Age requirements

All international learners entering Brighton Institute of Technology must be over 18 years of age at the commencement of their course.

Pre-training Review

All international learners will undertake a pre-training review which aims to identify their training needs through questions on previous education or training, relevance of the courses to the learner and any relevant experience they may have. An interview conducted by Brighton Institute enrolment officer will cover these areas and also to identify any support needs and possible RPL opportunities.

Through the pre-training review the learner will demonstrate that they have the necessary skills to successfully complete the course.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN)

Candidates undertaking this course must possess sound Numeracy skills since it requires them to read vehicle manuals, do calculations, do job cards, and complete repairs and costing estimates etc.

All learners are required to undertake a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) test. They must have at least the ACSF level described later in this document in the five core skills.

If learners do not meet English and LLN requirements, learners will be asked to take further Language, literacy and numeracy training e.g. English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Learners (ELICOS) programs with institute.

Academic requirements

To enter any courses at BIT, applicants should have successfully completed year 12 or secondary studies in applicant’s home country equivalent to Australian senior secondary school examination and or mature age (25 years or above) with a minimum of 2 years work experience in relevant field.

Computer literacy requirements

All learners enrolling into BIT programs must have basic computer skills. BIT courses may require learners to make reports, do graphs and analyse data.
Learners who do not possess basic computing skills will be referred to a computer training course.

Materials and Equipment Required

Although BIT will provide access to computers with required resources during classroom hours however to work on assignments and tasks for self-study, all students are expected to have access to a laptop or computer with the Windows 7 operating system or higher at their own cost. Students must have an active email address for communication and be contactable by phone (mobile or landline) and by mail (postal address). All learners are expected to have access to MS office applications such as Microsoft Word and an email platform. This will be at the applicant’s own cost.

  • i. Tools and equipment

    Learners must have their own safety boots and workshop uniform (workshop overalls) for use during practical sessions in the automotive workshop prior to starting their practical classes. BIT will provide workshop tools, and other PPE as required.

Physical Requirements

Automotive technology is a physically demanding course and occupation. Working as a mechanic means that you will be on your feet for long hours and will have to lift heavy parts and equipment. Manual handling injuries are the most common type of injury occurring in automotive workshops. The injuries occur from handling heavy or awkward objects, heavy lifting, and prolonged or sustained work in awkward postures. This course involves manual handling e.g. heavy lifting; moving parts and tires, etc. So prospective learners should be able to handle the physical work required for this course. In line with its access and equity policy, BIT will identify any such barriers presented by learners during the pre-training review before enrolment and will identify and provide required support and reasonable adjustment where possible.

English Requirements

English language requirements for international learners:

International learners applying for this course either off-shore or on-shore will require:

  1. Either a minimum IELTS test score of 6.0 or equivalent for direct entry into a VET course or IELTS 5.5 or its equivalent plus 14 weeks ELICOS to be taken before the main VET course. Or IELTS 5.0 or its equivalent plus 20 weeks ELICOS to be taken before the main VET course. Or Note: Results older than two years are not acceptable.

  2. Provide evidence that they have studied in English for at least five years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or United States

  3. Have completed a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level qualification in Australia or

  4. Have completed any Certificate III or Certificate IV in EAL from the EAL framework (Victoria) or

Have completed a General English course to the intermediate level.

Any international English test must have been taken no more than two years before you apply for a course at BIT
English language test providers Minimum test score Minimum Test Score where combined with at least 14 weeks ELICOS Minimum test score where combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS
International English Language Testing System 6.0 5.5 5.0
Cambridge C1 Advanced test 169, each component 162 154
TOEFL internet-based test 64 46 35
Pearson Test of English Academic 50 42 36

*The test must have been taken no more than two years* before you apply to study at BIT. If an international student is exempt from providing evidence of their level of English proficiency at the time of applying for a student visa, they will be required to complete BIT’s English Proficiency test to ensure they have the required level of English to complete the VET qualification they are enrolling in.