Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Passenger Motor Vehicle

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to fulfil passenger vehicle production roles in the automotive manufacturing industry. This may include performing a range of supervisory or specialist roles such as quality specialist, process specialist, team leader or production supervisor. It is suitable for entry into the automotive manufacturing industry.

Job roles or employment outcomes

The Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing, Technical Operations – Passenger Motor Vehicle is intended to prepare new employees or recognise and develop existing workers who are involved in the manufacture of passenger motor vehicles.

Job roles related to this qualification may include:

Product/Component Assembler

Vehicle Body Assembler

Vehicle Production Worker

Team Leader/Production Supervisor

Quality Specialist

Process Specialist

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Traineeship pathway.


To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 10 units of competency, consisting of:

6core units


4 elective units of which:

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

up to 2 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 and do not duplicate the outcome of another unit selected for this qualification

Core units

Unit code

Unit title

Common - Health and Safety - Manufacture


Maintain a safe automotive manufacturing work environment

Passenger Vehicle - Teamwork, Supervision and Management - Manufacture


Reduce cycle time in work processes


Reduce waste in work processes

Passenger Vehicle - Quality - Manufacture


Sustain quality standards

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Teamwork, Supervision and Management - Manufacture


Contribute to workplace relationships and processes

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Quality


Inspect work and apply organisation technical quality standards

Elective units

Unit code

Unit title

Common - Teamwork, Supervision and Management - Manufacture


Influence and lead work groups in an automotive manufacturing environment

Common - Technical


Rectify faults in vehicle metal components


Rectify mechanical faults on assembled vehicles


Rectify assembly faults in assembled vehicles

Common - Technical - Engines


Rework production engines

Common - Technical - Body


Conduct structural rectification of vehicle bodies

Common - Technical - Paint


Rectify paintwork


Control paint line production processes

Common - Technical - Electrical and Electronic


Rectify electrical faults on assembled vehicles

Common - Technical - Welding, Grinding, Machining and Soldering


Test welds ultrasonically

Passenger Vehicle - Quality - Manufacture


Apply visual factory principles and practices to an automotive manufacturing environment

Passenger Vehicle - Technical


Conduct die coating


Conduct tool setting


Monitor and maintain metals treatment plant operations

Passenger Vehicle - Technical - Engines


Conduct engine hot test

Passenger Vehicle - Technical - Manufacture


Undertake preliminary fault finding and machine reset

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Teamwork, Supervision and Management


Participate in workplace productivity

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Manufacture


Read and interpret engineering drawings and job specifications

Imported units

add topic AURC272003A

Apply environmental regulations and best practice in a workplace or business

add topic BSBCMN311B

Maintain workplace safety

add topic BSBDIV301A

Work effectively with diversity

add topic BSBINM301A

Organise workplace information

add topic BSBINM302A

Utilise a knowledge management system

add topic BSBINN301A

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic MSACMC210A

Manage the impact of change on own work

add topic MSACMS200A

Apply competitive manufacturing practices

add topic MSACMS201A

Sustain process improvements

add topic MSACMT220A

Apply quick changeover procedures

add topic MSACMT221A

Apply Just in Time (JIT) procedures

add topic MSACMT230A

Apply cost factors to work practices

add topic MSACMT231A

Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements

add topic MSACMT240A

Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSACMT482A

Assist in implementing a proactive maintenance strategy

add topic MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

add topic MSL973001A

Perform basic tests

add topic MSL973007A

Perform microscopic examination

add topic TLIA3017A

Identify products and store to specifications

add topic TLIA3023A

Coordinate stocktakes

add topic TLIA4028A

Assess and monitor optimum stock levels


    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Pathways into this qualification would normally be from an AUM20112 Certificate II in Automotive Manufacturing Production – Passenger Motor Vehicle or other relevant qualifications.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include AUM40112 Certificate IV in Automotive Manufacturing or other relevant qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, 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 automotive manufacturing 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

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

taking action to resolve concerns

developing practical responses to common breakdowns in workplace systems and procedures

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 to 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 of 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