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Automotive

Do you have a passion for cars, trucks or bikes? Open up a range of different career options with an Automotive course at SM TAFE.

Our practical, hands-on Automotive qualifications cover a huge variety of areas within the industry including vehicle body building, automotive mechanical technology, automotive electrical technology, heavy plant and outdoor power equipment. We offer a comprehensive range of courses from pre-apprenticeship programs through to apprenticeships and post-trade specialisations.

Our purpose-built training facilities based at our Kwinana and Carlisle campuses feature specialised equipment including vehicles, automotive repair and diagnostic equipment, fully-equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. Our Thornlie campus features specialised heavy duty mechanical workshops and welcomes Apprentices from across the state.

Plan your study pathway in Automotive.

National ID: AUR30416
State ID: BAG3
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology

Begin a career working with agricultural machinery with the Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology. Learn the tricks of the trade in automotive retail, service and repair.

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Want to service tractors, harvestors and agricultural equipment?

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

Certificate III
National ID: AUR20218
State ID: BDQ6
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology

Learn the skills to prepare for an automotive air conditioning apprenticeship.

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Are you revved up for a career working with the coolest cars?

When you complete the Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology you'll have what employers are looking for as an apprentice automotive air conditioning specialist.

Gain these skills

  • Service heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems 
  • Retrofitting and modifying 
  • Diagnosing and repairing faults 
  • Workplace safety and health.

Learn in specialised facilities

Kwinana campus offers specialist training in automotive air conditioning with purpose-built air-conditioning rigs, providing students with a high quality of learning and practical skills. It also boasts a large modern, indoor workshop where students undertake all their learning and training.

If you're already trade-qualified in vehicle servicing, ask us about how Recognition of Prior Learning can accelerate your achieving a new specialty with this qualification. 

Good news!

This course is going to transition to a new training package in 2022. This means that students starting in 2022 will transfer during their study to new units developed to meet current and future industry needs.

Certificate II
National ID: AUR32116
State ID: BAB7
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology

Learn the skills and knowledge to work in vehicle body repair. Learn how to replace panels and fittings and repair dents using cutting and welding techniques. 

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Are you looking for a body-building career?

When you complete the Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology you'll be ready for a career in the vehicle body repair industry.

Gain these skills:

  • replace panels and fittings
  • repair corroded, thermoplastic, and composite material components
  • oxy-acetylene and arc welding
  • thermal cutting
  • paint-less dent repairs
  • vehicle body misalignment
  • chassis, and frame repairs
  • workplace safety and health

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Certificate III
National ID: AUR20920
State ID: AC37
Industry Automotive

Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology (Panel Beating Pre-apprenticeship)

Learn the skills and knowledge to prepare for an panel beating apprenticeship.

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Are you revved up for a career in giving cars their shine?

When you complete the Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology (Panel Beating Pre-Apprenticeship) you'll have what employers are looking for in an apprentice auto body repairer/panel beater.

You will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the automotive industry,

  • welding 
  • thermal cutting 
  • removing and replacing panels and fittings 
  • rust prevention 
  • environmental regulations and
  • workplace safety and health.

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Certificate II
National ID: AUR20920
State ID: AC36
Industry Automotive

Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology (Vehicle Body Painting Pre-apprenticeship)

Learn the skills and knowledge to prepare for an auto body painting apprenticeship.

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Are you revved up for a career in giving cars their shine?

When you complete the Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology (Vehicle Body Painting Pre-Apprenticeship) you'll have what employers are looking for in an apprentice auto body repairer/painter.

Gain these skills:

  • prepare vehicle panels for painting
  • removing and repairing panels
  • environmental regulations
  • workplace safety and health

South Metropolitan TAFE is the only TAFE in WA offering this qualification.

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Certificate II
National ID: AUR20416
State ID: BAC5
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology

Learn the skills to prepare for an automotive electrical apprenticeship.

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Are you ready to give cars their spark?

When you complete the Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology you'll have what employers are looking for in an apprentice automotive electrician.

Gain these skills:

  • installing
  • testing and repairing wiring and lighting systems
  • security systems
  • electrical components and circuits
  • read wiring diagrams and
  • workplace safety and health

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Good news!

This course is going to transition to a new training package in 2022. This means that students starting in 2022 will transfer during their study to new units developed to meet current and future industry needs.

Certificate II
National ID: AUR30316
State ID: BAD3
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Gain the skills to prepare you for a career in the automotive electrical industry.  Learn how to diagnose and repair cars safely.

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Are you looking for a spark to ignite your automotive career?

When you complete the Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology you'll be ready for a career in the automotive electrical industry.

Gain these skills:

  • electric and electronic diagnosis and repair
  • vehicle wiring
  • overhauling alternators and starter motors
  • electronic drive systems
  • electric vehicle charging systems
  • workplace safety and health

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Certificate III
National ID: AUR20420
State ID: AC29
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology (Automotive Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship)

Gain the skills to prepare for an automotive electrical apprenticeship. 

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Are you revved up for a career giving cars their spark?

When you complete the Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology (Automotive Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship) you'll have what employers are looking for in an apprentice automotive electrician.

Gain these skills:

  • installing
  • testing and repairing wiring and lighting systems
  • security systems
  • electrical components and circuits
  • read wiring diagrams and
  • workplace safety and health

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Kwinana campus offers specialist training in automotive air conditioning with purpose-built air-conditioning rigs, providing students with a high quality of learning and practical skills. It also boasts a large modern, indoor workshop where students undertake all their learning and training.

Certificate II
National ID: AUM20218
State ID: AB70
Industry Automotive

Certificate II in Automotive Manufacturing Production - Bus, Truck and Trailer (Vehicle Body Building Pre-apprenticeship)

Learn the skills and knowledge to prepare for a bus, truck and trailer vehicle body building apprenticeship.

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Are you revved up for a body building career?

When you complete the Certificate II in Automotive Manufacturing Production - Bus, Truck and Trailer (Vehicle Body Building Pre-Apprenticeship) you'll have what employers are looking for in an apprentice vehicle body builder.

Gain these skills:

  • operate automotive tools, equipment and machinery 
  • paint vehicle chassis and surfaces 
  • assemble components 
  • work in a team and
  • workplace safety and health

 

Certificate II
National ID: AUM30218
State ID: BEE4
Industry Automotive

Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Bus, Truck and Trailer

Learn the skills and knowledge to prepare for a career in the automotive manufacturing industry (bus, truck and trailer) sector. Learn how to prepare materials for fabrication, mechanical cutting operations and welding.  

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Build your career in vehicle construction and repair

Vehicle construction and repair is a diverse trade requiring a broad range of skills. Vehicle Construction and Repair workers manufacture, modify and repair a wide range of purpose built heavy and light commercial vehicle bodies, trailers, chassis and components. These include buses, vans, tipping bodies, cabs, semi trailers, mining vehicles, heavy haulage, light vehicles, tankers, recovery vehicles and personnel carriers.

Trades people in this industry use a vast variety of materials such as steel, aluminium, sheet metal, plastic, fiberglass, wood, rubber, glass and box sections and channel. They will weld (gas metal arc and electric arc welding) fit, bolt, rivet and glue these materials as well as install axles, suspension, brakes, wheels, hydraulic, pneumatic, lighting and electrical systems as required. You will also learn to contribute to workplace relationships and processes, provide customer service and participate in improving workplace productivity.

Gain these skills:

  • prepare materials for fabrication using jigs/fixtures and manual processes
  • conduct mechanical cutting operations
  • perform various types of welding operations
  • mount and assemble components
  • modify or rectify chassis/frame and associated components
Certificate III
National ID: AUR32416
State ID: BAB9
Industry Automotive

Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Gain the skills and knowledge to work in the vehicle body repair industry.  Prepare surfaces for refinishing, and learn how to apply and restore exterior paint.

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Build your career in the vehicle body repair industry

When you complete the Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology you'll be ready for a career in the vehicle body repair industry.

Gain these skills:

  • apply and restore exterior paint
  • colour matching
  • prepare surfaces for refinishing
  • touch-up techniques
  • repair panels with filler
  • use spray booths
  • rust prevention
  • sound deadening
  • workplace safety and health

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metro TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops.

Certificate III
National ID: AUR20520
State ID: AC33
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Light Vehicle Servicing Pre-apprenticeship)

Learn about servicing and maintaining engines and prepare for a mechanic apprenticeship. 


Are you revved up for a career powering modern cars?

By the time you've finished this qualification, you'll know your radiator from your regulator and be in a good position to get yourself an apprenticeship in mechanics.

Gain these skills:

  • service engine systems 
  • use and maintaining, testing and measuring devices 
  • use and maintaining tools and equipment 
  • workplace safety

Specialist training facilities

South Metro TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Kwinana campus offers specialist training in automotive air conditioning with purpose-built air-conditioning rigs, providing students with a high quality of learning and practical skills. It also boasts a large modern, indoor workshop where students undertake all their learning and training.

Certificate II
National ID: MEM40105
State ID: WT47
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate IV in Engineering (Maintenance)

Become a higher engineering or a special class engineering tradesperson in mechanical, electrical/electronic or fabrication trade disciplines.

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The Certificate IV in Engineering specifies the competencies required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson - Level II in mechanical, electrical/electronic or fabrication trade disciplines. The job role involves application of additional skills in the learner's trade or cross skills from other trades.

Gain these skills:

  • design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of equipment and machinery 
  • fabrication of structures and assemblies
  • manufacture of sheet metal work 
  • use of relevant machinery, equipment and joining techniques 
  • working with fluid power systems, stationary and mobile equipment, instruments and refrigeration
  • using computer controlled machine tools
Certificate IV
National ID: MEM30305
State ID: WA86
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Surface Finishing)

Work in surface preparation and coating in the resources, marine, plant construction, and defence industries.

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Gain options to work in the surface preparation and coating industry in areas such as oil and gas, marine, plant construction and maintenance, defence and site maintenance.

Gain these skills:

  • surface preparation
  • blasting and high pressure jetting
  • protective coating applications
  • welding and surface testing

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metro TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops.

Certificate III
National ID: MEM30205
State ID: WT90
Industry Automotive
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Plant Mechanic ZG/Z)

Gain the skills and knowledge for a career in the heavy plant industry.

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Are you looking for a spark to ignite your career?

When you complete the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Plant Mechanic ZG/Z) you'll be ready for a career in the heavy plant industry.

Gain these skills:

  • diagnose and repair drivelines, drive assemblies, engines, suspension, brakes, hydraulics, pneumatic systems, steering, wiring and circuits
  • controlling systems
  • workplace safety and health
Certificate III
National ID: AUR31116
State ID: BAF2
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Build a career in the heavy vehicle industry with this industry-relevant course.

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Are you looking for a spark to ignite a heavy career?

When you complete the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology you'll be ready for a career in the heavy vehicle industry.

Gain these skills:

  • diagnose and repair drivelines, drive assemblies, engines, suspension, brakes, hydraulics, pneumatic systems, steering, wiring and circuits
  • welding
  • thermal cutting
  • workplace safety and health
Certificate III
National ID: AUR30616
State ID: BAE6
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Want to rev up your automotive career? On completion of this course you'll be job-ready in the automotive servicing industry.

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Are you looking to rev up your automotive career?

When you complete the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology you'll be ready for a career in the automotive servicing industry.

Gain these skills:

  • diagnosis and repair
  • braking systems,
  • transmissions,
  • servicing,
  • suspension, and
  • workplace safety and health.

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Kwinana campus offers specialist training in automotive air conditioning with purpose-built air-conditioning rigs, providing students with a high quality of learning and practical skills. It also boasts a large modern, indoor workshop where students undertake all their learning and training.

Certificate III
National ID: AUR31216
State ID: BAD7
Industry Automotive
Half price^

Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology

When you complete this course you'll be ready for a career in the exciting mobile plant industry.

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Are you looking for a spark to ignite your career?

When you complete the Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology you'll be ready for a career in the mobile plant industry.

Gain these skills:

  • diagnose and repair drivelines, drive assemblies, engines, torque converters, suspension, brakes, hydraulics, pneumatic systems, steering, wiring and circuits
  • welding
  • thermal cutting
  • workplace safety and health

A post-trade crossover course is available to holders of an Automotive Trade utilising gap training and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Certificate III
National ID: AUR30816
State ID: BAG9
Industry Automotive

Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology

Get geared up for a career in the motorcycle repair industry with this industry-relevant and highly competitive motorcycle mechanics course.

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Are you looking for a spark to ignite your career?

When you complete the Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology you'll be ready for a career in the motorcycle repair industry.

Gain these skills:

  • diagnose and repair drivelines, drive assemblies, engines, suspension, brakes, steering, wiring and circuits
  • workplace safety and health

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metro TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Certificate III
National ID: AUR30716
State ID: BAD5
Industry Automotive

Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

On completion of this highly-competitive course you'll be ready for a rewarding career in the outdoor power industry.

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Are you looking for a spark to ignite your career?

When you complete the Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology you'll be ready for a career in the outdoor power industry.

Gain these skills:

  • diagnose and repair engines
  • hydraulic systems
  • cooling systems
  • portable generators
  • electric circuits
  • cutting equipment
  • digging systems
  • pumping systems
  • workplace safety and health

Learn in specialised facilities

SM TAFE's Carlisle campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Certificate III
National ID: MSM30216
State ID: BAN7
Industry Automotive

Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application

Perform a wide range of metal protective coating application and surface preparations that occur across a variety of infrastructure, heavy industry and ships.

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Are you looking for recognition of your metal protection skills?

When you complete the Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application your skills and experience in the manufacturing and mechanical industries will be recognised.

Perform a wide range of protective coating application and surface preparations that occur across a variety of infrastructure, heavy industry and ships. The protective coatings may be liquid or solid and the surfaces being prepared are typically metal.

Gain these skills:

  • using hand and power tools 
  • preparing surfaces 
  • blast cleaning 
  • treating corrosion 
  • applying protective coatings and
  • workplace safety and health.

Learn in specialised facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy state of the art facilities, including new vehicles, specialised repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive.

Certificate III
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