Course Description

2017-05-10_11-55-44The St Patrick’s Technical College Automotive program prepares students for a career in the automotive servicing industry as an apprentice light or heavy vehicle mechanic.

Your program covers the practical skills and required theory for the servicing operations of brakes, steering, suspension, engines, transmissions, batteries and wheel and tyre repair.

The program also provides an introduction to other automotive industry trades including:

  • paint and panel;
  • auto-electrical;
  • parts interpretation;
  • outdoor power equipment; and
  • small motors.

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

Course Structure

StPatsTech-Machine-AutoAll students at StPatsTech study a nationally-accredited technical / vocational qualification while completing the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Industry Focused SACE
> Essential Mathematics
> Scientific Studies
> Design Technology

Work Ready Skills
> Essential English
> Skills for Life
> Workplace Practices
> Cross-disciplinary Studies
> Community Studies (focus on physical health, fitness, well-being and nutrition to prepare students for the workplace)

Vocational Training
> Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (AUR20516)

Our fully integrated courses mean you don’t sacrifice your high school education while undertaking vocational training, either through one of our certificate courses or through our School-based Apprenticeship program.

All subjects at StPatsTech are specifically written with reference to your technical training while the vocational qualification is an industry relevant and highly practical TAFE SA course.


St Patrick’s Technical College – Automotive workshop

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (AUR20516)

TAFERTOThis course is designed to improve your chances of becoming registered as an apprentice by an employer and progressing towards becoming a fully qualified tradesperson in the mechanical trades.

It covers the skills and knowledge in the servicing operations of brakes, steering, suspension, engines, transmissions, batteries and wheel balancing.

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
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
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
AURACA001 Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace
AURVTA001 Prepare vehicles for customer use
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems
MEM05050B Perform gas metal arc welding

Work Experience

StPatsTech is focused on helping you move into the workforce. Our Work Ready Skills program gives you the edge when it comes to applying for a job.

Embedded in all the subjects that make up the Work Ready Skills program you’ll discover the key skills that employers are looking for and how you can develop them:

  • People skills
  • Reliability
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Positive attitude and work ethic
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Digital literacy
  • Problem solving

To help you develop these skills and introduce you to potential employers, the College conducts an extensive Work Experience program. All students are expected to undertake a minimum of six weeks of placement in the world of work per year.


As part of your program at StPatsTech, we’ll support you to move into an apprenticeship as soon as you’re ready.

Automotive-Course-CaricatureStPatsTech is the School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SbAT) specialist.

SbAT is a mix of academic, vocational education, training and employment.

Through your SbAT at StPatsTech, employment skills and real-world experience are an integral part of your school program.

Our apprenticeship program is the only one of its kind in South Australia. We allow you and
your employer maximum flexibility so you both get the most out of your SbAT.

In Year 12 you can spend more than 40 weeks full-time with your employer in paid work. This means completing up to the first year of your apprenticeship at the same time as finishing your
SACE with support from the College.

StPatsTech School-based Apprentices automatically upgrade to full-time apprenticeships after graduation.

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.