AUR31520 Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology

Course Code AUR31520
CRICOS Course Code 114055D
Duration 72 weeks
Mode of Study Blended- Classroom based Face to Face theory learning and practical training at Automotive workshop
Delivery Location
Classroom based Face to Face theory learning: 73 Ashley Street, Braybrook, Victoria 3019.

Practical training - Automotive Workshop: 73 Ashley Street, Braybrook, Victoria 3019.    AND       4/64 Macaulay St, Williamstown, Victoria - 3016
Amount of Training 20 scheduled course contact hours per week.
Intake Dates Monthly Intake

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(Monthly installments available)

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a broad range of tasks on a variety diesel vehicles in the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

Course Structure

In order to achieve qualification AUR31520 Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology, student must complete following

28 units of competencies.

  • 14 core unit, plus
  • 14 elective units
  • AURASA102 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTK102 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTA104 Carry out servicing operations
  • AURTTE104 Inspect and service engines
  • AURTTM011 Recondition engine cylinder heads
  • AURETR125 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • AURETR112 Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • AURTTA118 Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
  • AURTTM008 Dismantle and evaluate engine blocks and sub-assemblies 
  • AURTTM004 Assemble engine blocks and sub-assemblies
  • AURTTK001 Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
  • AURHTE102 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
  • AURHTF102 Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
  • AURETR129 Diagnose and repair Charging systems
  • AURETR130 Diagnose and repair Starting systems
  • AURETR132 Diagnose and repair Automotive Electrical systems.
  • AURETR128 Diagnose and repair Instruments and warning systems.
  • AURAMA001 Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace.
  • AURTTA009 Carry out mechanical pre-repair operations
  • AURAFA103 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
  • AURTTA017 Carry out Vehicle safety inspections
  • AURLTD105 Diagnose and repair light vehicle Suspension systems
  • AURTTA105 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, Sealants and adhesives.
  • AURTTF105 Diagnose and repair engine forced - induction systems
  • AURLTB103 Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems
  • AURTTB015 Assemble and fit braking system components
  • AURTTF102 Inspect and service diesel fuel injection
Total Volume of Learning : 1224 hours
Amount of Training
  • 220 hours of face-to-face training in classroom.
  • 198 hours of practical training in automotive workshop. 
  • 182 hours of theory assessment.
  • 420 hours of practical assessment.
Structured Independent Learning
  • 204 hours of Structured Independent Learning

This will be delivered over 61 Weeks of course duration including 51 weeks delivery plus 10 Weeks holidays. Students will be required to attend minimum 20 hours per week of study to deliver required volume of learning.

Entry Requirements

All students are required to meet following requirements in order to be accepted into Melbourne Trades College courses. 

Age Requirement

Students must be above 18 years of age while filling up the college application form. 

Academic requirements

AUR31520 – Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology: To enter into this course delivered at Melbourne Trades College, Applicants should have minimum completed Australian senior secondary school examination (year 11) or equivalent.

English level requirement for international students

Minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or PTE score of 52 or its equivalent. For equivalency of various English Languages proficiency testing, and other forms of equivalency please refer to the Enrolment policy and procedure available on the MTC website or MTC student handbook online.

PTR and LLN Requirement

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review and successfully complete a LLN test to confirm the ability to effectively undertake the course. 

Pre – Training Review (PTR)

Melbourne Trades College will assess the learner’s needs by conducting a PTR. PTR will be conducted prior to enrolment to review student’s current competencies, student needs, English level, and support requirements including their oral communication skills, in order to enrol them in the most appropriate course to achieve their intended outcomes. Applicants are required to fill up the PTR form along with the application form and answer all the questions in a true and correct manner.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN)
Students undertaking the course must possess sound Numeracy skills since it requires them to do calculations or any other course related work. To determine this, all students wanting to study at Melbourne Trades College are required to undertake a LLN Test prior to the commencement of the course. Based on the test outcome, students may be identified as requiring internal support and/or external support. LLN test will be conducted on campus by using an ACSF mapped online LLN assessment tool – LLN Robot – under the supervision of qualified LLN assessor. The required performance level for AUR31520 – Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology is ACSF Level 3.
Computer literacy requirement

All students enrolling into Melbourne Trades College programs must have basic computer skills. Students are required to fill in the questions related to computer and internet skills in the Pre-Training Review form attached along the application form. Students who do not possess basic computing skills will be provided with basic computer using support. Students may contact Melbourne Trades College for any further information or assistance on

PHONE: 03 7066 5255

Physical Fitness

Student must have physical attributes suitable for working in the automotive industry that encompasses manual handling of equipment including lifting and carrying heavy objects within scope of safe working practices (i.e., removing and fitting engine electrical components and parts).

For further clarification on entry requirements please refer to Student Handbook available on MTC website or email us on

Assessment Methods

Assessment will usually commence once training has begun. As this is a competency-based program, assessment continues throughout the program until the participant either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or a further training need is identified and addressed. Students will be required to perform in a range of assessment tasks including and not limited to knowledge questions in the form of written assessments and being observed demonstrating assessment tasks.

Vocational Pathways

Students exiting the qualification may choose to progress with further studies by undertaking one or more of the following qualifications:
• AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
• AUR50116 Diploma of Automotive Management

Employment/Career pathway

The course, AUR31520 – Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology is considered a trade course, upon successful completion of the course and nationally recognised qualification is issued.

Students are provided with advice on employment and further training options throughout the delivery of the program.


Possible job titles include
  • Automotive Heavy Diesel Fuel Technician
  • Diesel Engine Technician

Above pathway information is in line with qualification description on National Training Register ( and/or, it does not imply any job guarantee or job role at the end of the course.

If a student is granted with RPL or course credit, Melbourne Trades College will give a written record of the decision to the overseas student to accept and will retain the written record of acceptance and payment receipts for two years after the overseas student ceases to be an accepted student. If student is granted with RPL or course credit which will reduce overseas student’s length course,

  • Students will be informed of the reduced course duration following granting of RPL and ensure the confirmation of enrolment (COE) is issued only for the reduced duration of the course.
  • Any changes in course duration will be reported in PRISMS, if RPL or course credit is granted after the overseas student visa is granted.

Note: For more information please refer to Student Prospectus and Student Handbook

Note: Melbourne Trades College does not guarantee any employment outcomes with its programs.



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