Qualification details

AUR31512 - Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes AUR30611 - Certificate III in Automotive Specialist16/Jan/2013
Is superseded by and equivalent to AUR31516 - Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology 13/Apr/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 17/Jan/2013

Training packages that include this qualification


SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 321211 Motor Mechanic (General) 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4211-11 Motor Mechanic 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0305 Automotive Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Automotive Service and Repair 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Diesel Engine Technician 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 321211 Motor Mechanic (General) 07/Aug/2013 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4211-11 Motor Mechanic 07/Aug/2013 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0305 Automotive Engineering And Technology 07/Aug/2013 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 17/Jan/2013 
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Modification History



Release 1 

Replaces AUR30611 Certificate III in Automotive Specialist


This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of tasks on a variety of diesel engines and associated systems within the automotive service and repair sector.

Job roles and employment outcomes 

The Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology is intended to prepare new employees or recognise and develop existing workers performing mechanical work in the diesel engine service and repair sector.

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include:

  • diesel engine technicians


This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed AUR20512 Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology, AUR20712 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation or other relevant qualifications.

Pathways from the qualification  

Further training pathways from this qualification include AUR40212 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis, AUR40812 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling or other relevant qualifications.

Licensing/Regulatory 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.

Entry Requirements

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

Employability Skills Summary


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the automotive 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 describe 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 take 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 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

Packaging Rules

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

  • 14 core units 


  • 14 elective units , of which:
  • up to 14  elective units may be chosen from the elective units listed below
  • up to 5  elective units may be chosen from a Certificate III qualification or above in this Training Package or 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 chosen for the qualification.

Core units  

Unit code 

Unit title 

Common - Environment 


Monitor environmental and sustainability best practice in the automotive mechanical industry

Common - Health & Safety  


Apply safe working practices in an automotive workplace

Electrical - Technical - Electrical and Electronic 


Test and repair basic electrical circuits


Test, charge and replace batteries

Mechanical - Heavy Vehicle - Technical - Engines 


Repair engines and associated engine components (heavy vehicle)

Mechanical Miscellaneous - Technical 


Carry out servicing operations


Carry out diagnostic procedures

Mechanical Miscellaneous - Technical - Engines 


Inspect and service engines

Mechanical Miscellaneous - Technical - Fuel Systems 


Repair diesel fuel injection systems

Mechanical Miscellaneous - Technical - Tools and Equipment 


Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace


Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment

Mechanical Miscellaneous - Technical - Manufacture 


Assemble engine blocks and sub-assemblies


Dismantle and evaluate engine blocks and sub-assemblies


Recondition engine cylinder heads

Elective units  

Unit code 

Unit title 

Common - Foundation Skills 


Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace

Common - Management, Leadership and Supervision 


Work effectively with others

Electrical - Technical - Electrical and Electronic 


Diagnose and repair electronic compression ignition engine management systems


Diagnose and repair instruments and warning systems


Diagnose and repair charging systems


Diagnose and repair starting systems


Repair electrical systems

Mechanical - Heavy Vehicle - Technical - Engines 


Remove and install heavy vehicle engine assemblies

Mechanical - Heavy Vehicle - Technical - Transmission 


Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle clutch systems

Mechanical - Heavy Vehicle - Technical - Emission and Exhaust 


Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle emission control systems

Motorsport - Technical - Engines 


Test engines using a dynamometer

Mechanical Miscellaneous - Technical 


Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives


Carry out pre-repair operations (mechanical)

Mechanical Miscellaneous - Technical - Fuel Systems 


Service diesel fuel injection systems


Inspect and repair engine forced induction systems

Mechanical Miscellaneous - Technical - Alternative Fuels 


Service CNG fuel systems


Diagnose and repair CNG fuel systems

Vehicle Body - Technical - Welding, Grinding, Machining and Soldering 


Carry out manual metal arc welding procedures


Carry out gas metal arc welding procedures

Imported Units  


Perform brazing and or silver soldering


Perform manual heating and thermal cutting


Maintain engine lubrication systems

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.