Study Automotive Mechanic

Studying Automotive Mechanic is for those who have a passion for working in the Automotive Industry and don’t mind getting their hands dirty under the bonnet of a car.

General Motor Mechanic

Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

The Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology prepares students to perform a wide range of tasks in the light automotive industry. The Cert IV in Mechanical Diagnosis furthers these skills and provides students with in depth knowledge of the mechanics. Throughout your studies you will learn most aspects of motor mechanics including how to diagnose complex faults in light vehicle petrol engines, electronic spark ignition engine management systems and braking systems.

Interview with Louis

Louis from India previously worked as a customer support agent. He’s studying the Cert III in Light Vehicle Mechanic, Cert IV in Automotive Technology and the Diploma of Management at Imagine Education on The Gold Coast. He’s pleased with the facilities and glad that he gets to work in an actual workshop servicing new cars. If you’re interested in reading more about Louis’s experience then follow the link below.

Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Cert IV in Mechanical Diagnosis

Course Duration

24 months

Intake Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Locations

Gold Coast, Brisbane, Bundaberg (*regional),
Perth and Melbourne

Cost

$8,500 – $13,000 per year

The Course Details

Common Course Requirements

  1. Must have graduated year 12 in home country.
  2. Must have a minimum English score of IELTS 5.5
  3. This course includes 360 hours of vocational placement.

General Motor Mechanic (321211) – Is currently on the Skilled Occupations List.

The skills assessment for Mechanics are delivered through Trade Recognition Australia (TRA).

The current education qualification requirement to obtain a positive skills assessment is Cert III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology or Certificate III In Automotive Heavy Mechanical Technology. If you undertake this course and participate in the job ready program you may even be able to do this without being sponsored by an employer and you may not need to live in a regional area. Below are some simple steps that may allow you to go down this pathway.

Graduates will be qualified tradesperson in the automotive industry. Graduates will be skilled in many aspects of mechanics including:

  • Repair air braking systems.
  • Repair steering systems.
  • Workplace safety.
  • Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle systems.
  • Service brakes, cooling system, fuel system.
  • Servicehydraulic systems.
  • Test and repair basic electrical systems.
  • Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment.
  • Full time light vehicle motor mechanics earn an average of $1000 per week
  • Employment for this occupation rose strongly in the past five years, rose slightly in the long-term
  • Motor mechanics have a very high proportion of full-time jobs (94 per cent).
  • The average hours worked by a motor mechanic in Australia are 41 hours per week.
  • Most mechanics work for themselves or for larger mechanical workshops or dealerships

Education Pathways

General Motor Mechanic (321211) – Is currently on the Skilled Occupations List.

The skills assessment for Mechanics are delivered through Trade Recognition Australia (TRA).

The current education qualification requirement to obtain a positive skills assessment is Cert III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology or Certificate III In Automotive Heavy Mechanical Technology. If you undertake this course and participate in the job ready program you may even be able to do this without being sponsored by an employer and you may not need to live in a regional area. 

Note: It is never recommended to undertake study for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia.

Step 1: Study a course or package of courses

Study a course or package of courses that go for at least 2 years and includes the Cert III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology or Certificate III In Automotive Heavy Mechanical Technology

– Cert III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (24 months) or
– Certificate III In Automotive Heavy Mechanical Technology (24 months)

Step 2: Receive the temporary graduate visa

By studying for 2 years and undertaking 360 hours of vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for and receive the temporary graduate visa. The graduate visa is a work visa that allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. For more information on the graduate visa click here.

Step 3: Participate in Job Ready Program

The benefits of the JRP is that on completion you will be provided with a positive skills assessment for general migration purposes. On this program you must work for at least 12 months as a qualified an Automotive Mechanic. 

Your employer will not need to sponsor your visa, as you will already be on the graduate visa. This will mean that you have a lot higher chance of finding employment as it is very easy for the employer to hire you. You may find this video on the Job Ready Program helpful.

Step 4: Apply for general skilled migration visas

Once you have completed the Job Ready Program as a Mechanic you will receive a positive skills assessment. Once you have the positive skills assessment you will be able to apply for general skilled migration visas. If eligible, the general skilled migration visas do not require you to have an employer that is willing to sponsor your visa. Please note that you will still be required to pass the points test and health checks to apply for this visa.

Get in Touch

If you are interested in studying Automotive Mechanic in Australia contact Pathway to Aus to speak with one of our Education Agents. We can explain to you the course costs, duration and education providers so you better know your options. 


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