Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician

If you enjoy working with exhausts, pistons, turbo chargers, brake systems, dynos and pulling apart engine blocks, a career as a Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician is for you!

Employment opportunities for motor mechanics include vehicle dealers, automotive repair workshops, fleet operator, engineering companies and Government departments with vehicle workshops.

AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Have a passion for cars, problem solving and working with tools? You’ll love learning to become a Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician and turning these passions into a career! You’ll service, repair and overhaul mechanical parts such as engines, transmissions, suspension systems and more!

Specialist Skills:
  • Tuning engines using electronic equipment
  • Diagnosing, repairing and replacing engine management/fuel injection components
  • Repairing/replacing faulty parts by removing assemblies such as engines, transmissions, differentials and steering gear
  • Testing and repairing electrical systems such as lighting, instrumentation, ignition and fuel injection
  • Reassembling, testing, cleaning and adjusting repaired or replaced parts or assemblies
  • Using various instruments to make sure repaired or replaced components are in good working order

South Australia's only dedicated automotive industry training provider, the MTA gives you the skills, training and industry access to prepare you for your automotive career.

There are two ways you can complete your qualification with the MTA:

  • Become employed by us and we'll find you a host business for you to work for
  • Gain an apprenticeship on your own and do your training at South Australia's most progressive automotive training facility

If you're over 21 years old, please read MTA's Adult Apprenticeship Policy prior to completing an application.

Delivery mode:

  • On the job training is delivered at your Host Employer
  • Off the job training is undertaken at MTA Group Training Scheme Inc's Registered Training Organisation at Royal Park

Literacy and Numeracy Assessment:

Literacy and numeracy assessment forms part of the induction process to ensure individuals have the minimum levels required by DIS to access the vocational course of their choice or to demonstrate an individual is below minimum levels and therefore requires access to a foundation skills course or foundation skills bridging units.

Individuals seeking access to a Certificate II or III subsidised training place or Jobs First Employment Project must demonstrate they are at Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Exit Level 2 in reading and numeracy.

Recognition of Prior Learning:
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available for this qualification. If you feel you have the necessary trade skills and knowledge to gain this qualification, or any part thereof, click here.

Course location:
MTA Training & Employment Centre, 3 Frederick Road, Royal Park SA 5014

  • Year 11 or higher
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Successful completion of MTA’s pre-selection test and interview
  • Click here or visit for eligibility criteria
  • Four years (a competency based training approach allows for possible earlier completion)
  • Vehicle dealers
  • Automotive repair workshops
  • Fleet operators
  • Engineering companies
  • Government departments with vehicle maintenance workshops

Not sure which Automotive Career is right for you?

We're happy to talk through the details of each trade to help you decide.

To enquire about MTA apprenticeships, complete our enquiry form, call 8241 0522 or email