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AUR31212 - Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology


At a glance

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of mobile plant vehicles in the automotive service and repair industry. It is suitable for entry into the mining, construction and agricultural environment.

Study Mode On-campus
Units/Credits 36 units
Availability Emerald; Gladstone, City; Mackay, Ooralea; Rockhampton, City On-campus
Intake Dates

For PT Thiess Employees (in Indonesia), this qualification is delivered in partnership with PT Thiess Contractors.  Employees should contact: Tel: +62 21 2754 9999 or

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date. 2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed. 3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

The Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology prepares new employees or recognises and develops existing workers performing mechanical work in the automotive heavy vehicle service and repair sector. Job roles related to this qualification include: mobile plant technician diesel fitter.

Entry Requirements

This course is for apprenticeship training only. Students must be employed as apprentices in a relevant industry.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment


Standard Course Structure

Core units

  • Monitor environmental and sustainability best practice in the automotive mechanical industry(AURAEA3003)
  • Apply safe working practices in an automotive workplace(AURASA2002)
  • Test and repair basic electrical circuits(AURETR2012)
  • Diagnose and repair electronic compression ignition engine management systems(AURETR3024)
  • Test, charge and replace batteries(AURETR3025)
  • Diagnose and repair charging systems(AURETR3029)
  • Diagnose and repair starting systems(AURETR3030)
  • Repair engines and associated engine components (heavy vehicle)(AURHTE3002)
  • Inspect, service and repair tracked type drive and support systems(AURKTA3005)
  • Diagnose and repair mobile plant braking systems(AURKTB3001)
  • Diagnose and repair mobile plant steering systems(AURKTD3002)
  • Diagnose and repair mobile plant final drive assemblies(AURKTQ3001)
  • Diagnose and repair powershift transmissions(AURKTX3001)
  • Carry out servicing operations(AURTTA2004)
  • Service hydraulic systems(AURTTA2006)
  • Repair hydraulic systems(AURTTA3013)
  • Carry out diagnostic procedures(AURTTA3018)
  • Diagnose and repair cooling systems(AURTTC3003)
  • Repair diesel fuel injection systems(AURTTF3004)
  • Inspect and repair engine forced induction systems(AURTTF3005)
  • Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment(AURTTK2002)
  • Repair transmissions (hydrostatic)(AURTTX3006)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.


Apprenticeship Training

This course is for apprentices only.


Duration and Dates

Fees and scholarships


Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply

How do I secure an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Traineeships and apprenticeships need to be secured with an employer before you can start your study. Your employer will then work with CQUniversity to pull together the training program that is right for you. If you would like to become an apprentice or trainee, visit the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships website and follow the steps to become an apprentice.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

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