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Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology AUR30316

Overview

This course (program) provides training that will enable you to repair and maintain the electrical systems and components of cars and other vehicles. You must be an apprentice or trainee to enrol in this course.

Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology AUR30316
Program No: C3-TC36
Campus: CIT Fyshwick 
Duration: 6 semesters part-time (approx 9 blocks of 3 days, approx 24 hours per block).
Likely Job Outcome: Automotive electrician.
Application Type: Register Your Interest
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Additional Information

You will need to wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment when in the automotive workshops.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

If you are entering this program as an apprentice/trainee you must:
- be employed in the auto industry
- be an Apprentice or Trainee under the Australian Apprenticeship Scheme (AAS) and be registered with an Apprentice Network Provider (ANP) prior to enrolment.

If you already have skills in this area, you may seek recognition for all or part of this program.

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Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework levels of at least 2 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with a lower level program, or enrol in the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways (FSK10213) to develop your literacy skills. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

Transition Information

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Subject Cancellations/Changes

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Subject Information

Stage 1 - complete all 11 subjects

  • AURASA002   Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
    • CIT Code: AUTM515
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to identify and follow safety and emergency procedures in an automotive workplace. It involves those safety procedures to be followed when using workplace hand tools and hand-held power tools, fixed equipment, and chemicals, and when running vehicles and machinery. It includes the individual’s responsibility for safety and emergency response in the event of an accident or incident.
      It applies to those working on agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, marine vessels, motorcycles, mobile plant machinery or outdoor power equipment in the automotive service and repair industry.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR010   Repair wiring harnesses and looms
    • CIT Code: AUTM533
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to test an existing wiring harness and loom, remove, fabricate and fit the new wiring harness and loom, and then test its operation. It involves preparing for the task, performing the work, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The wiring harnesses and looms include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR035   Apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine operation
    • CIT Code: AUTM534
      Cost: $30.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to apply knowledge of petrol and diesel engine components and systems, as well as of the principles of engine operation, during the testing and repair of basic electrical circuits in vehicles, vessels and machinery.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The engines include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR025   Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
    • CIT Code: AUTM524
      Cost: $30.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to test, charge, replace, retest and secure a range of automotive batteries, including vehicle or machinery jump-starting procedures. It involves preparing for the task, inspecting and testing the battery to determine serviceability, charging, jump-starting, removing and replacing, and undertaking the final retesting of batteries, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The batteries include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, motorcycles, mobile plant machinery or outdoor power equipment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURAFA003   Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
    • CIT Code: AUTM562
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to communicate in an automotive workplace. It involves communicating effectively by conveying and receiving information using verbal and non-verbal techniques and correct automotive technical terminology.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURTTK002   Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
    • CIT Code: AUTM252
      Cost: $40.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to select, use, maintain and store tools and equipment in an automotive workplace.
      It applies to those working in all sectors of the automotive industry.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR006   Solder electrical wiring and circuits
    • CIT Code: AUTM311
      Cost: $40.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to solder electrical components, electrical circuits and system wiring. It involves preparing for the task, preparing components, circuits and wiring for soldering, carrying out soldering, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The electrical wiring and circuits include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURTTA005   Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
    • CIT Code: AUTM321
      Cost: $20.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives in the automotive vehicle industry. It involves preparing for the task, selecting and using sealants and adhesives, preparing and installing bearings, seals and gaskets, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry, It includes agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicle, marine vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR012   Test and repair basic electrical circuits
    • CIT Code: AUTM516
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to inspect, test and repair basic electrical circuits in vehicle and machinery electrical systems. It involves preparing for the task, inspecting and testing the circuit, repairing the circuit, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The basic electrical circuits include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, motorcycles, mobile plant machinery or outdoor power equipment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETK002   Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
    • CIT Code: AUTM530
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to select, use and maintain electrical test equipment used in an automotive workplace for the purpose of identifying, diagnosing and rectifying electrical and electronic faults in vehicles or machinery.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The electrical systems and components include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, motorcycles, mobile plant machinery or outdoor power equipment.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR007   Apply knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM531
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to apply knowledge of electrical principles during the testing and repair of basic electrical circuits in vehicles, vessels and machinery.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The electrical circuits and wiring systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Stage 2 - complete all 10 subjects

  • AURETR028   Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM538
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the instruments and warning systems of vehicles, vessels or machinery. It involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in an automotive service and repair industry. The instruments and warning systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, marine vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR029   Diagnose and repair charging systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM539
      Cost: $60.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair charging systems. It involves diagnosing deviations from correct operation, repairing charging system components and associated systems, and undertaking post-repair testing procedures. The unit also involves identifying and confirming work requirements, preparing for work, and completing work finalisation processes, including clean-up and documentation. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit in some jurisdictions. Users are advised to check with the relevant regulatory authority.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR030   Diagnose and repair starting systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM540
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the starting systems of vehicles, vessels or machinery. It involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in an automotive service and repair industry. The starting systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, marine vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR031   Diagnose and repair ignition systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM541
      Cost: $60.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the ignition systems of vehicles, vessels or machinery. It involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in an automotive service and repair industry. The ignition systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, marine vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR009   Install vehicle lighting and wiring systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM532
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to install vehicle, vessel or machinery low voltage (LV) direct current (DC) lighting and wiring systems that are not an integral part of vehicle or machinery controller area network databus (CAN-bus) topography. It involves preparing for the task, installing and testing the operation of lighting and wiring systems, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. LV lighting and wiring systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETB001   Diagnose and repair electric braking systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM180
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the electric braking systems of vehicle or machinery. These systems are single wire (non CAN-bus) circuits and include electric braking systems in light vehicles and machinery fitted with electric trailer braking controllers or trailers fitted with electric brakes. The unit involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in an automotive service and repair industry. Electric braking systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles or mobile plant machinery.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR032   Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM202
      Cost: $160.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the electrical systems of vehicles or machinery. These systems are single wire (non CAN-bus) networked circuits and include entry-exit locking systems, power windows, interior and exterior lighting, turning indicators, brake and hazard warning lights and electric drive motor circuits. It involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. Automotive electrical systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicle, light vehicle, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR027   Install ancillary electronic systems and components
    • CIT Code: AUTM537
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to install and test ancillary electronic systems and components in vehicles or machinery. It involves preparing for the task, installing and testing the operation of the systems and components, and completing workplace processes and documentation. These electronic systems and components may require programming following installation to enable them to communicate with the vehicle or machinery controller area network data bus (CAN-bus or LIN-bus) topography.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. Ancillary electronic systems and components include those being installed in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, marine vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR008   Remove and replace electrical units and assemblies
    • CIT Code: AUTM594
      Cost: $30.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to remove and replace electrical units and assemblies. Electrical units and assemblies include headlights, tail-lights, and vehicle and machinery control modules that do not require programming procedures on replacement. These electrical units and assemblies are not connected to vehicle controller area network databus (CAN-bus) topography.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. The electrical units and assemblies include those fitted to agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, vessels, motorcycles, mobile plant machinery or outdoor power equipment.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURAEA002   Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
    • CIT Code: AUTM514
      Cost: $50.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to follow environmental and sustainability best practices, including complying with established workplace procedures and environmental regulations as well as following sustainability practices that may reduce the environmental impact of work practices and outputs.
      It applies to those working in the automotive industry.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Stage 3 - complete all 11 subjects

  • AURTTA018   Carry out diagnostic procedures
    • CIT Code: AUTM250
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to carry out diagnostic procedures on vehicles, vessels or machinery. It involves confirming the existence of a fault, choosing the appropriate diagnostic procedure and tools, applying the diagnostic procedure, and reporting conclusions.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR022   Diagnose and repair vehicle dynamic control systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM553
      Cost: $140.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in dynamic control systems of vehicles. These systems include the functions of a vehicle electronic braking control module (EBCM), such as anti-lock braking, brake assist, descent control, electronic brake force distribution, electronic park brake, hill start assist, stability control, traction control and active roll-over protection. The unit involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in an automotive service and repair industry. Vehicle dynamic control systems include those in heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles or motorcycles.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETU003   Service air conditioning and HVAC systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM517
      Cost: $50.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to service air conditioning systems, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, fitted to a range of vehicles and machinery. It involves preparing for the task, carrying out performance testing and correct servicing procedures, performing post-service testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. Automotive air conditioners, including HVAC systems, include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles or mobile plant machinery.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETU005   Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM519
      Cost: $60.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to retrofit and modify air conditioning systems, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, fitted to a range of vehicles and machinery. It involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct de-gas procedure, carrying out the retrofit and modification procedures, performing post-modification testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      Air conditioning systems may contain a mixture of both natural and flammable synthetic refrigerants that are difficult to accurately identify and safely recover. To minimise the possibility of ignition, the procedures and equipment used when recovering refrigerants must be those required for flammable refrigerants.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry. Automotive air conditioners, including HVAC systems, include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles or mobile plant machinery.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURVTA002   Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems
    • CIT Code: AUTR310
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint system (SRS) units and assemblies. It involves preparing for the task, selecting and using specialist tools and equipment to deactivate, remove and replace SRS components, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETU002   Recover vehicle refrigerants
    • CIT Code: AUTM575
      Cost: $20.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to recover vehicle air conditioner refrigerants in designated recovery cylinders for disposal according to safety and environmental procedures while observing critical precautions, given that refrigerant may be flammable.
      It applies to those working as vehicle dismantlers, automotive parts recycling contractors, and vehicle body repairers in automotive service and repair workplaces who are required to recover automotive air conditioning refrigerants. Automotive air conditioners, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles or mobile plant machinery.
      Licensing requirements apply to this unit. Users are advised to check with the relevant regulatory authority. An Australian Refrigeration Council accredited (ARCtick) Restricted Refrigerant Recoverer licence is required for those carrying out this work.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR044   Diagnose and repair integrated engine and transmission management systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM316
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the engine and transmission management systems of vehicles or machinery. These systems communicate on the vehicle two-wire (CAN-bus) networked controlled circuit, and are an integral part of an engine and transmission management system. The unit involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in an automotive service and repair industry. Engine and transmission management systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles or mobile plant machinery.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR043   Diagnose and repair electronic body management systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM350
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the electronic body management systems of vehicles, vessels or machinery. These systems include two-wire high and low speed (CAN-bus) and single wire low speed (LIN-bus) networked circuits in the vehicle or machinery’s embedded network electronic control system and are essential to controlling vehicle, vessel or machinery body control functions, including passenger convenience, comfort, navigation and infotainment systems. The unit involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in an automotive service and repair industry. Electronic body management embedded networked systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, marine vessels, mobile plant machinery or motorcycles.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR023   Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM535
      Cost: $120.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the spark ignition engine management systems of vehicles or machinery. It involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in an automotive service and repair industry. Spark ignition engine management systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, marine vessels, mobile plant machinery, motorcycles or outdoor power equipment.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETR024   Diagnose and repair electronic compression ignition engine management systems
    • CIT Code: AUTM536
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to diagnose and repair faults in the electronic compression ignition engine management systems of vehicles or machinery. It involves preparing for the task, selecting the correct diagnostic procedure, carrying out the diagnosis and the repair, performing post-repair testing, and completing workplace processes and documentation.
      It applies to those working in an automotive service and repair industry. Compression ignition engine management systems include those in agricultural machinery, heavy commercial vehicles, light vehicles, marine vessels or mobile plant machinery.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AURETH001   Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles
    • CIT Code: AUTR315
      Cost: $20.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes required to depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles (BEVs). It involves ensuring the vehicle high voltage (HV) rechargeable energy storage system (RESS) is isolated before commencing any service or repair work. It also involves calibrating vehicle systems that may need resetting once the energy storage system is reinitialised. Importance is placed in the unit on applying RESS and separated extra low voltage (SELV) electrical safety procedures.
      It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry.

      Prerequisites: Nil

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au