• Automotive



Studying automotive at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE provides students with the technical skills to service and repair the mechanical parts of motor vehicles, dismantle, repair and reassemble vehicle components to manufacturer specifications and diagnose, evaluate, design and modify vehicle systems. 

Students will gain technical knowledge of mechanical components of vehicles such as the engine, transmission and suspension systems, cooling systems, fuel systems, air conditioning and emission control systems, braking systems, final drive assemblies and steering systems. Students also acquire skills in repairing ignition, electronic engine management and electrical systems.


Mechanic, automotive light vehicle repair technician, service advisor, workshop foreman, workshop manager/owner, workshop controller.


Willie is an international student studying automotive at SuniTAFE - watch the video and hear what Willie loves about studying automotive at SuniTAFE. 

Program details

Total Program Duration 2 years full-time
Total Program Tuition Fees in AUD $30,000
Order of Qualifications 1. Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology AUR30620 (103622E) 52 weeks
2. Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis AUR40216 (107236B) 24 weeks
3. Diploma of Automotive Technology (091699F) 26 weeks
University Pathway None
Upcoming Course Start Dates 22 January 2024
22 April 2024
15 July 2024
14 October 2024


English Proficiency IELTS 5.5 or equivalent test score OR successful completion of Upper Intermediate ELICOS at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE.
Academic Requirements Successful completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 11 high school studies.
Other Requirements Students must be at least 18 years old when they commence studies.
Course Progression Must successfully complete each level before progressing to the next qualification in the program.

Other Information

Materials Students are required to purchase work boots, preferably steel-capped boots, to wear during class.
Practical component This course incorporates practical instruction in a training workshop. Work-based training in industry is not included.
Course Credits Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis – one unit will be credit transferred from Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology. 
Diploma of Automotive Technology – two units will be credit transferred from Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis. 
Driver Licence Students are highly recommended to obtain a driver licence in their home country before arriving in Australia. For information about converting an overseas licence to a Victorian driver licence, please visit VicRoads.

Note: All fees and details are subject to change at any time.


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