Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Light Vehicle Mechanic

Working as Light Vehicle Mechanic you will inspect, service and repair the mechanical parts of cars and small trucks. You will repair or adjust faulty parts, disassemble and reassemble engine, brakes, transmissions or steering gear. You will use diagnostics to test components and systems.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 20 required

  • Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • Follow safe working practices 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 steering systems
  • Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking 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
  • Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace

Elective Units – 16 required

  • Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace
  • Diagnose and repair electronically controlled steering systems
  • Depower and reinitialise hybrid electric vehicles
  • Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
  • Service air conditioning and HVAC systems
  • Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC components
  • Carry out light vehicle wheel alignment operations
  • Diagnose and repair light vehicle mechanical fuel injection systems
  • Diagnose and repair light vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
  • Remove, inspect and refit light vehicle wheel and tyre assemblies
  • Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems
  • Carry out vehicle safety inspections
  • Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
  • Inspect and service cooling systems
  • Inspect and service steering systems
  • Inspect and service suspension systems

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

This Australian Apprenticeship occupation may attract incentives under the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or look at the National Skills Needs List.

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 19/20: 10311

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 8/01/2021. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2019, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2019, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information and More Details

Light Vehicle Mechanic - AUR30620
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ASbA
Classification A *
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship
T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship
* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.

Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 7/01/2021, rounded estimates for July 2019 to June 2020. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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ANZSCO Classification: 321211

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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