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Motor Mechanic (General)

ANZSCO Code: 321211

Motor Mechanics maintain, test and repair internal combustion engines and the mechanical parts of lightweight motor vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes.

Occupation description

Motor Mechanics maintain, test and repair internal combustion engines and the mechanical parts of lightweight motor vehicles such as transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes.

Their job involves:

  • detecting and diagnosing mechanical and electrical faults in engines and parts.
  • dismantling and removing engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checking parts.
  • repairing and replacing worn and defective parts, reassembling mechanical components, and referring to service manuals as needed.
  • performing scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups, to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations.
  • reassembling engines and parts after being repaired.
  • testing and adjusting mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance.
  • diagnosing and testing parts with the assistance of computers.

Motor Mechanics may also:

  • inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or detail work required to achieve roadworthiness.
  • respond to vehicle breakdown service calls.

NOTE: This occupation is for motor mechanics working with light vehicles in the automotive retail, service and repair industry. It does not extend to heavy commercial vehicles, mobile plant, motorcycle or agricultural equipment mechanics or specialty areas such as automotive air-conditioning, brake or small engine mechanics.

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    How will I be assessed?

    Motor Mechanic (General)

    Stage 1

    Documentary Evidence Assessment

    We will review your documentary evidence to ensure it meets the employment and training requirements and indicates that you have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience as a Motor Mechanic (General). 

    You can find information about the employment, training, and document requirements below:

    • For information on what evidence you need to include with your application, download the Evidence guide. 
    • If you are in pathway 1 you also need to find information on assessment for your specific occupation 
      • Video guide 
      • Observation report 
    • For information about the employment experience requirements for a Pathway 1 application, please refer to the Pathway 1 Employment Experience Guidelines.
    • If you are applying for a Pathway 2 assessment, please read the Pathway 2 Candidate Guide.

    Stage 2

    If you are successful in Stage 1, you will complete a technical assessment. For more information about the technical assessment, see the Pathway 1 Technical Assessment Guide and Pathway 2 Candidate Guide.

    What skills and knowledge do I need?

    The qualification relevant to this occupation is the AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology. To be awarded this qualification, you must demonstrate your skills and knowledge in the units of competency listed in the table below. Each unit of competency defines a selection of knowledge and skills required in Australian workplaces.

    You must achieve 36 units of competency:

    • 20 core units
    • 16 elective units

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    General automotive workplace skills

    Code

    Title

    AURAFA103

    Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace

    AURASA102

    Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace

    AURAFA002

    Read and respond to automotive workplace information

    AURAEA002

    Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace

    AURTTK102

    Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace

    AURTTK001

    Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace

    AURTTA104

    Carry out servicing operations

    AURTTA118

    Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies

    Batteries and Electrical Systems

    Code

    Title

    AURETR125

    Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles

    AURETR129

    Diagnose and repair charging systems

    AURETR014

    Inspect, test and service starting systems

    AURETR130

    Diagnose and repair starting systems

    AURETR112

    Test and repair basic electrical circuits

    Engines and Cooling Systems

    Code 

    Title 

    AURETR131

    Diagnose and repair ignition systems

    AURETR123

    Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems

    AURETR143

    Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems

    AURTTC001

    Inspect and service cooling systems

    AURTTC103

    Diagnose and repair cooling systems

    AURTTE104

    Inspect and service engines

    AURLTE102

    Diagnose and repair light vehicle engines

    AURTTA105

    Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives

    Petrol Fuel Systems

    Code 

    Title 

    AURTTF101

    Inspect and service petrol fuel systems

    AURLTZ101

    Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems

    AURTTF105

    Diagnose and repair engine forced-induction systems

    Steering, Suspension and Braking Systems

    Code 

    Title 

    AURTTD002

    Inspect and service steering systems

    AURLTD104

    Diagnose and repair light vehicle steering systems

    AURTTD004

    Inspect and service suspension systems

    AURLTD105

    Diagnose and repair light vehicle suspension systems

    AURTTB101

    Inspect and service braking systems

    AURLTB103

    Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems

    AURETR122

    Diagnose and repair dynamic vehicle control systems

    Transmission and driveline

    Code 

    Title 

    AURTTX102

    Inspect and service manual transmissions

    AURTTX103

    Inspect and service automatic transmissions

    AURTTQ001

    Inspect and service final drive assemblies

    AURTTQ003

    Inspect and service drive shafts

    AURLTQ102

    Diagnose and repair light vehicle drive shafts

    You must demonstrate competency in all core and elective units of competency.

    How to Apply

    If you’re a tradesperson, your skills and experience will be assessed by someone who has worked in your trade and understands your skills and qualifications. VETASSES is Australia’s leading assessment body for trades and we can assess 27 different trade occupations. 

    Step 1

    Check your eligibility to apply for a Trade Skills Assessment.

    Step 2

    Understand the Assessment Process

    Step 3

    Confirm the type of evidence you may be asked to provide

    Step 4

    Find the cost you’ll need to pay up front for your trade skills assessment

    Step 5

    Apply now.

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