Certificate III in Automotive Engine Reconditioning

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to recondition engines in the automotive service and repair sector. It is suitable for entry into the automotive specialist service and repair sector.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The Certificate III in Automotive Engine Reconditioning is intended to prepare new employees or recognise and develop existing workers who recondition engines.

Job roles related to this qualification include:

automotive engine reconditioners.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


To be awarded this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 28 units of competency, consisting of:

13 core units


15 elective units, of which:

all 15 elective units may be chosen from the elective units listed below

up to 5 elective units may be chosen from a Certificate II qualification or above in this Training Package, another endorsed Training Package or accredited course, provided that the units chosen contribute to the vocational outcome of this qualification.


Where prerequisite units are identified they must be counted in the total number of units of competency required for completion of the qualification.

Units of competency that duplicate the outcome of another unit selected for the qualification must not be used.

Core units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AURC270103A

Apply safe working practices

add topic AURM340550B

Conduct non-destructive testing

add topic AURT225667A

Use and maintain measuring equipment

add topic AURT270278A

Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment

add topic AURT271781A

Implement and monitor environmental regulations in the automotive mechanical industry

add topic AURT335108A

Carry out machining operations


Apply knowledge of engine science


Repair bearing tunnels and connecting rods in engines


Fit sleeves and bore and hone engine cylinders


Dismantle and evaluate engine blocks and sub-assemblies


Assemble engine blocks and sub-assemblies


Recondition engine cylinder heads


Carry out grinding operations

Elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AURT200368A

Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives

add topic AURT201164A

Remove and install engine assemblies

add topic AURT226008A

Carry out pre-repair operations (mechanical)

add topic AURT334972A

Set, operate and monitor specialist machines

add topic AURT305671A

Inspect and repair engine forced induction systems

add topic AURT366108A

Carry out diagnostic procedures

add topic AURTH301166A

Repair engines and associated engine components (heavy vehicle)

add topic AURTL301166A

Repair engines and associated engine components (light vehicle)


Operate and monitor computer numerical control machines


Apply metal to rebuild engine components


Balance rotating and reciprocating engine components


Perform advanced machining and blueprinting of engine components


Heat treat, straighten and reclaim engine components

add topic AURV223608A

Carry out oxy acetylene welding, thermal cutting and thermal heating procedures

add topic AURV281108A

Carry out manual metal arc welding procedures

add topic AURV281308A

Carry out gas metal arc (MIG) welding procedures

add topic AURV281408A

Carry out gas tungsten arc (TIG) welding procedures


    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed AUR20505 Certificate II in Automotive Vehicle Servicing, AUR20705 Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical or other relevant qualifications.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include AUR40208 Certificate IV in Automotive Technology or other relevant qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing considerations

Some jurisdictions may require this qualification for licensing purposes. In addition some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements, depending on the work context. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills as identified by the engine reconditioning industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


clearly communicating workplace information and ideas with workplace colleagues (verbal and non-verbal), including use of automotive terms

completing workplace reports

using and contributing to workplace procedures

maintaining workplace records

communicating with colleagues and clients to handle verbal enquiries, such as clarifying instructions and responding to requests for information

interpreting the needs of customers

reading and interpreting workplace-related documentation


identifying and describing own role and role of others

working within a team

working with diverse individuals and groups

applying knowledge of own role to complete activities efficiently to support team activities and tasks

Problem solving

recognising a workplace problem or a potential problem and taking action to resolve it

determining problems needing priority action

referring problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person and suggesting possible causes

seeking information and assistance as required to solve problems

using a range of problem-solving techniques

developing practical responses to common breakdowns in workplace systems and procedures

undertaking numerical operations, calculations and using formulae (including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, percentages and proportions, simple ratios and averages)

Initiative and enterprise

adapting to new and emerging situations in the workplace

being proactive and creative in responding to workplace problems, changes and challenges

Planning and organising

planning own work requirements and prioritising actions to achieve required outcomes and ensure tasks are completed on time

identifying risk factors and taking action to minimise risk


selecting and using appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures

recognising limitations and seeking timely advice

planning own work requirements, setting own work program and managing time to ensure tasks are completed on time

following workplace documentation, such as codes of practice or operating procedures


asking questions to gain information

identifying sources of information, assistance and expert knowledge to expand knowledge, skills and understanding

participating in self-improvement activities

participating in development of workplace continuous improvement strategies

helping others develop competency


operating diagnostic and test equipment

performance testing components, systems and equipment

using tools and equipment efficiently and safely

storing and caring for components, parts, tools, test equipment and support equipment

using business technology to collect, analyse and provide information