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Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology


Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Cricos Course Code: 103605C

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of heavy commercial vehicles in the automotive service and repair sector. This qualification is essential to become a heavy commercial vehicle technician. Successful completion of this course will allow students to become a qualified tradesperson servicing and repairing trucks, buses, earth-moving equipment, or tractors and other farming machinery. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, demand for qualified mechanics (including diesel mechanics) grew strongly over the past five years with employers finding it hard to fill vacancies. Job openings are expected to remain steady in the near future with around 23,000 job opening expected over the next five years. In this course students will apply their practical skills and gain underpinning knowledge of how to diagnose problems, repair and service a range of systems and components of heavy vehicles and equipment. Students will repair and service engines, transmissions, cooling, steering and suspension systems, electrical circuits and systems, hydraulic and air braking systems, and diesel fuel injection systems. Students will also apply their skills and knowledge to complete heavy vehicle safety and roadworthy inspections. Successful completion of this qualification will allow them to apply to become a qualified heavy vehicle tradesperson and continue your career in the industry.

  • Course Duration & Intake Dates

    This qualification will be delivered over 78 weeks including 70 weeks of training and assessment and 8 weeks of holidays.

    Note that supplementary classes will be scheduled, and attendance required, should additional classes be required to allow for classes missed as a result of public holidays, or other interruptions, and/or for students who require further training and/or reassessment or additional support.

  • What will I study?
    Completion of total number of 36 units are required for the award of the AUR31120 – Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

    Core units: 22 units

    Elective units: 14 units, of which:

    ·       1 unit must be from one of the Specialist Elective Groups A or B listed in the AUR31120 qualification.

    ·       of the remaining 13 units required to make up the elective unit total:

    o   up to 13 may be from the Specialist Elective Groups and/or the general elective units listed in the AUR31120 qualification.

    o   up to 6 may be from a Certificate II qualification or above in the AUR Training Package or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

    Elective units chosen must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the overall integrity of the AQF alignment, not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification, and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.

    Unit CodeUnit TitleCore/ Elective
    AURAEA002Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplaceCore
    AURASA102Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplaceCore
    AURTTK102Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplaceCore
    AURETR112Test and repair basic electrical circuitsCore
    AURETR122Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systemsCore
    AURETR124Diagnose and repair compression ignition engine management systemsCore
    AURETR125Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehiclesCore
    AURETR129Diagnose and repair charging systemsCore
    AURETR130Diagnose and repair starting systemsCore
    AURHTB101Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle air braking systemsCore
    AURHTD102Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle steering systemsCore
    AURHTD103Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle suspension systemsCore
    AURHTE102Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition enginesCore
    AURHTQ103Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shaftsCore
    AURHTZ101Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systemsCore
    AURTTA006Inspect and service hydraulic systemsCore
    AURTTA104Carry out servicing operationsCore
    AURTTA118Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategiesCore
    AURTTC103Diagnose and repair cooling systemsCore
    AURTTF102Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systemsCore
    AURTTF105Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systemsCore
    AURTTQ001Inspect and service final drive assembliesCore
    AURAFA103Communicate effectively in an automotive workplaceElective
    AURTTD002Inspect and service steering systemsElective
    AURTTD004Inspect and service suspension systemsElective
    AURHTX101Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle manual transmissionsElective
    AURTTA105Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesivesElective
    AURTTX103Inspect and service automatic transmissionsElective
    AURTTE104Inspect and service enginesElective
    AURTTB101Inspect and service braking systemsElective
    AURHTF102Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systemsElective
    AURETR144Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systemsElective
    AURHTB002Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle hydraulic and air over hydraulic braking systemsElective
    AURHTQ102Diagnose and repair heavy commercial vehicle final drive assembliesElective
    AURHTX104Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systemsElective
    AURTTA113Diagnose and repair hydraulic systemsElective
  • Entry Requirements

    Although the training package does not stipulate any entry requirements for this training product.

    OCT has the following entry requirements in place for international students:

    • be at least 18 years of age.
    • participate in a course entry interview (pre-enrolment review) to determine suitability of the course and additional support needs.
    • undertake OCT’s ACSF LLN assessment.

    English Language Requirements:

    Prospective learner must have taken any of the following test types and achieved the minimum score in the last three (3) years.

    Test Type Score or levelMinimum score and at least 10 weeks ELICOSMinimum score and at least 20 weeks ELICOS
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)5.554.5
    TOEFL internet-based test463532
    Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)162154147
    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)423630
    Occupational English TestB for each test componentN/AN/A

    *ELICOS – English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students

    You are not required to provide evidence of English language requirement if one of the following applies to you:

    • you are a citizen and hold a passport from UK*, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland
    • you are an applicant who is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES)
    • you are enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), a course registered to be delivered in a language other than English, or a registered post-graduate research course
    • you have completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
    • in the 2 years before applying for enrolment, you completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while you held a student visa.

    Note: You may be required to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if you hold a British National Overseas (BNO) passport.

    Conditions of Entry:

    For international students, it is a condition of entry that upon acceptance, you must provide evidence of having an Australian Student Visa (subclass 500).

    Physical Requirements

    The physical requirements of a heavy vehicle mechanic can be very demanding and it is expected that the prospective learners will have reasonable level of fitness to perform the following tasks:

    • Constant hand function (fine and gross) and lifting waist to overhead and carrying up to 2kg
    • Frequent standing, forward reaching, overhead reaching and static neck postures;
    • Frequent lifting from floor to overhead and carrying from 2kg to 15kg;
    • Frequent pushing and pulling;

    You are required to discuss your capabilities in the above areas and any concerns you have during the course entry interview.

  • Study Assessment and Pathway
    OCT operates on a rolling intake timetable. Although no units in this qualification have any pre-requisites, OCT has adopted a stage based rolling intake where all students must complete the units in the initial stage listed below prior to merging these students with older students in ongoing classes. OCT runs these units on an ongoing basis depending on student enrolments and commencements. Students can commence their course in any of the following units and in any order. Once, the students have completed the following units they will be merged with older students. Each student will be provided with their individual training and assessment plan outlining their timetable.

    ·       AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace

    ·       AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace

    ·       AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace

    ·       AURAFA103 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace

    Required Textbook: Jones and Bartlett Learning (CDX Automotive):

    ·       Medium/Heavy Duty commercial vehicle systems by Owen C. Duffy and Gus Wright

    ·       Medium/Heavy Duty Diesel Engines by Gus Wright

    Textbooks are available in the library for you to read in your own time. However, you will be required to buy your own from McGraw Hill to ensure you always have access to the textbook. OCT can arrange the textbook for you, please get in touch with student support if you need assistance with this.

    You will be provided with your own apprentice toolkit which you will be required to bring to all practical classes. You will also be provided with a uniform which must be worn for all workshop days.

    You must buy your own Safety Boots and bring them to each practical class. You will be provided with a timetable that will identify the days you will be attending workshop-based training and assessment.

    Student Support Services
    OCT has a range of Student Support Services available for you. Please refer to your student handbook for details on available Student Support Services.
    Assessment System
    Units are assessed individually via a range of assessment methods: Written Assessment, Verbal Questioning and Practical Demonstrations observed directly by the assessor.
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfers (CT)
    THE RTO offers all students the opportunity to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Please refer to our RPL and CT policy and procedure in the Student Handbook and/or Website.

    Assessment Appeals
    Students can make an appeal against any assessment decision by following the Complaints and Appeals Policy outlined in the Student Handbook and our website.

    All appeals and complaints will be dealt with following the Complaints and Appeals Procedure.

  • Course Price

    Contact Oceania College of Technology or your education agent for prices, promotional offers and incentives that may be available.

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    Payment plans are available with weekly, monthly, term or semester payment options.