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

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required in the manufacture of automotive bodies. It is suitable for entry into the vehicle manufacturing bus, truck and trailer industry.

Job roles or employment outcomes

The Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations – Bus, Truck and Trailer is intended to prepare new employees or recognise and develop existing workers who manufacture vehicles.

Job roles related to this qualification may include:

Automotive Manufacturing Technician

Vehicle Body Builder Technician

Coach Builder Technician

Sub Assembly Technician

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


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

11 core units


17 elective units, of which:

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

up to5 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


Monitor and maintain a safe workplace and environment

Common - Technical - Tools and Equipment


Prepare, use and operate equipment, tools and machinery


Monitor and maintain equipment, tools and machinery

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Regulatory or Legal - Manufacture


Comply with heavy vehicle modification 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

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical


Read and interpret working drawings and work orders

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Manufacture


Read and interpret engineering drawings and job specifications

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Welding, Grinding, Machining and Soldering


Conduct basic welding, thermal cutting, heating and gouging operations


Conduct mechanical cutting operations

Imported units

add topic AURC270789A

Communicate effectively in the workplace

Elective units

Unit code

Unit title

Common - Support and Logistics


Operate load shifting equipment

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Sales


Provide customer service

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Teamwork, Supervision and Management


Participate in workplace productivity

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical


Service after assembly

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Brakes


Assemble and install braking system kit

Bus, Truck and Trailer -Technical - Steering and Suspension


Perform wheel alignment operations

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Glazing


Install fixed and moveable glass components

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Manufacture


Assemble components


Install and fit out components


Assemble frame and axle


Install or replace mechanical units and assemblies


Assemble and install hydraulic system kit


Assemble and install pneumatic system kit


Bond and repair components using fibreglass reinforced plastic techniques

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Body


Rectify and replace vehicle body panels and ancillary fittings

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Paint


Finish surfaces for painting


Rework paint faults

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Electrical and Electronic


Install or replace electrical and electronic units and assemblies


Manufacture or modify wiring harnesses


Perform minor modifications and repairs to electrical circuits and systems

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Fabrication


Prepare materials for fabrication using jigs and fixtures


Prepare materials for fabrication using manual processes


Fabricate plugs


Fabricate parts for sub-assemblies

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Trimming and Upholstery


Apply trim to components

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Welding, Grinding, Machining and Soldering


Perform manual metal arc welding operations


Perform gas tungsten arc welding operations


Perform gas metal arc welding operations


Machine parts

Bus, Truck and Trailer - Technical - Chassis and Frame


Paint chassis or panels


Mount and install assembled component to chassis or frame


Modify or rectify chassis and frame and associated components

Imported units

add topic AURC272003A

Apply environmental regulations and best practice in a workplace or business

add topic AURT211170A

Inspect and service air braking systems

add topic AURT216130A

Inspect suspension systems

add topic AURT216170A

Inspect and service suspension systems

add topic AURT311166A

Repair air braking systems

add topic AURT411145A

Overhaul air braking systems/components

add topic AURTH316166A

Repair suspension systems (heavy vehicle)

add topic MSACMC210A

Manage the impact of change on own work

add topic MSACMS200A

Apply competitive manufacturing practices

add topic MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis


    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Pathways into this qualification would normally be from AUM20212 Certificate II in Automotive Manufacturing Production – Bus, Truck and Trailer 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