Diesel Mechanic

Diesel mechanics keep South Australia moving!

If you have a passion for heavy machinery and want to be a part of this exciting and innovative industry, a diesel mechanic apprenticeship is for you!

Employment opportunities for diesel mechanics include machinery dealers, bus companies, heavy vehicle repairers, some service stations and Government departments.

AUR31116 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Do you love your engines large and powerful, enjoy problem solving and get excited by the thought of working on a range of impressive machinery? Then a Diesel Mechanic apprenticeship may be for you!

You’ll learn how to service, repair and overhaul the mechanical parts of large diesel earthmoving and agricultural equipment such as bulldozers, trucks, buses, graders and tractors.

Specialist Skills:
  • Use oxy, electric, TIG and MIG welding, hand fitting or machining processes to replace or repair faulty parts detection of mechanical and electrical faults by the use of instruments to check ignition timing, charging and starting circuitry, batteries, fuel injection systems and speed control, engine condition, cylinder compression, wheel balance and alignment and braking efficiency
  • Diagnosing, overhauling, repairing, tuning, maintaining and testing diesel vehicles such as trucks, buses, bulldozers and other earth moving equipment, tractors and agricultural machinery
  • Repairing and maintaining hydraulic components of diesel engines that are used to power attachments such as hoists, booms, buckets and scrapers

As 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 upfront assessment of need 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

Entry
Criteria
  • Year 10 or higher
  • Successful completion of MTA’s pre-selection test and interview
Contract
Duration
  • Four years (a competency based training approach allows for possible earlier completion)
Employment
Opportunities
  • Machinery dealers
  • Bus companies
  • Heavy vehicle repairers
  • Some service stations
  • Many Government departments.

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 careers@mtaofsa.com.au