Course Description

Auto-StudentOur Automotive program has been developed to provide the necessary skills for career pathways in all aspects of the Automotive Servicing industry.  This includes both light and heavy (diesel) mechanical, paint and panel, auto-electrical, parts interpretation and small motors.

You obtain your qualifications training in the College’s fully equipped workshops with our own industry experienced trainers. Our Automotive programs prepare you to move directly into industry with a high level of skill and understanding.

This program is part of the St Pat’s Tech School of Engineering & Transport. To see the other pathways available in this sub-school, visit the Programs page.

Course Structure

Engineering-ProgramAll theory subjects at St Pat’s Tech are tailored specifically for your program.

Pre-vocational training is TAFE accredited, industry relevant and highly practical.

> Trade theory subjects
> Numeracy for Work & Community
> English Pathways
> Scientific Studies

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> Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (AUR20516)


St Patrick’s Technical College – Automotive workshop

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (AUR20516)


Course content includes: WHS, use tools and equipment, customer relations, service engines brakes, suspension, batteries.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification delivered in partnership with TAFE SA.

Design Technology (Automotive)

Design Technology (Automotive) covers the principles of two stroke and four stroke motor operation and provides the opportunity for students to develop a sound understanding of the principles in mechanical transmission. Using appropriate hand and measuring tools, students will work though practical exercises, developing an awareness of compression, types of bearings and gaskets, and lubrication systems. Issues of personal safety, potential hazards with liquids, as well as energy types and sources will be discussed. Students will have practical experience with the service and maintenance of cars and/or motorcycles. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

Integrated Learning

Students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world task, event, learning opportunity, or context, which leads to a specific purpose, product, or outcome. The subject draws links between aspects of students’ lives and their learning. Students develop and demonstrate their collaboration, teamwork, and self-awareness, and evaluate their learning. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

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Essential English

Our literacy program prepares students to communicate effectively within the workplace. This subject provides students with skills required to enhance their oral and written skills. Students learn techniques to improve their employment opportunities, their ability to work in a team and their effectiveness to communicate with customers and clients. Areas such as the planning and writing of job applications, procedures when writing curriculum vitae and the appropriate use of email and other electronic communications are also studied in this course.

Essential Mathematics

Our numeracy program enables students to develop the mathematical skills necessary to ensure their success and is both practical and theoretical in nature. Students study units of measurement, measuring devices, length, perimeter, area and volume. These units also include components in costing, quoting and scale drawing. These units are fundamental to the success of all students completing a trade and give students a clear understanding of the relevance between mathematics and their chosen career pathway.

Research Project

In the Research Project, students have the opportunity to study an area of interest in depth. They use their creativity and initiative, while developing the research and presentation skills they will need in further study or work.

Scientific Studies (Engineering)

This subject is designed for students undertaking the Mining, Metals and Engineering or Automotive courses to gain an understanding of the impact science has had and continues to have on their chosen profession. A hands-on approach is undertaken to ensure students gain an understanding of the characteristics of different metals and how these characteristics are used within industry. Students investigate the strengths of metals and understand how metals fail. The course also investigates the processes used to protect metals from failure and the process of metal production.

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Skills for Life

The Skills for Life program provides students with meaningful and positive experiences as part of the College’s Catholic community. It aims to develop students knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the dignity of the human person, living in relationship and the nature of freedom and responsibility. It helps students to recognise how they can impact and make a difference in their community and to develop skills and values in relation to what is meaningful and significant to their lives.

Workplace Practices

In Workplace Practices students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers' rights and responsibilities and career planning. Our extensive Work Experience program is a key component of this subject allowing students to develop and reflect on their capabilities, interests, and aspirations.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

AUR20516 Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
Code Unit Title
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
AURETR015 Inspect, test and service batteries
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems
AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems
AURTTD002 Inspect and service steering systems
AURTTD004 Inspect and service suspension systems
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
AURVTW003 Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
AURTTE007 Dismantle and assemble single cylinder four-stroke petrol engines
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
AURATA001 Identify basic automotive faults using troubleshooting processes
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines
AURTTQ001 Inspect and service final drive assemblies
AURTTQ003 Inspect and service drive shafts
AURLTJ002 Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes
AURTTA027 Carry out basic vehicle servicing operations
AURAFA009 Carry out research into the automotive industry
AURETR003 Identify automotive electrical systems and components
AURTTJ001 Balance wheels and tyres

Work Experience

St Pat’s Tech supports you as you move into the workplace.

You’ll take on Workplace Practices, which gives you the skills to work effectively in a team and allows you to gain a detailed understanding of your chosen trade.

You’ll study career planning, research, employability, interview and resume skills, self-evaluation and goal setting in a program that includes:

> Skills for Life
> Work Experience – to develop your skills in the workplace and experience your trade first-hand. Campus-based students undertake a minimum of six weeks’ Work Experience per year.


As part of your program at St Patrick’s Technical College, we’ll support you to move into a School-based Apprenticeship as soon as you’re ready.

Automotive-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship specialist.

A School-based Apprenticeship (SbA) is a mix of academic, vocational education, training and employment.

Through your SbA at St Pat’s Tech, employment skills and real-world experience are an integral part of your school program.

As the SbA specialist, your program will be unlike that in any other school in South Australia. We provide you and your employer with unique FLEXIBILITY.

You can spend up to 40 weeks of your final school year full-time with an employer in paid work. This means you can finish the first year of your apprenticeship at the same time as completing your SACE.

You will be mentored by a member of the St Pat’s Tech team and when you graduate, you will automatically be upgraded to a full-time position.

Career Pathways

The automotive retail, service and repair industry is involved in the upkeep of every component of motor vehicles, from bodies and interiors to the mechanical and electrical systems.

Career opportunities in the industry include:

  • Automotive airconditioning fitter
  • Automotive electrician
  • Automotive parts interpreter
  • Bicycle technician
  • Brake mechanic
  • Engine reconditioner
  • Exhaust fitter and repairer
  • Heavy vehicle motor mechanic
  • Light engine mechanic
  • Light vehicle motor mechanic
  • Panel beater
  • Radiator repairer
  • Tyre fitter and repairer
  • Vehicle body builder
  • Vehicle dismantler
  • Vehicle painter
  • Vehicle serviceperson
  • Vehicle trimmer
  • Windscreen fitter

For more information about this industry in South Australia, visit Skills for All.