Automotive Engineering and Technology

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The study of planning, designing, developing, producing and maintaining motor vehicles including earth moving equipment, motor cycles and small engines. The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of the design, production and functioning of motor vehicles, vehicle body building, repair, painting and trimming, and maintaining and repairing motor vehicles, earth moving plant, motor cycles and small engines. It also involves developing an ability to organise, cost and complete the tasks required in the design, construction and maintenance of motor vehicles.

Course skills

Automotive Engineering and Technology develops skills in:

  • designing and developing motor vehicles, earth moving equipment, small engines and their components
  • diagnosing faults in, servicing and repairing mechanical and electrical automotive systems and components
  • interpreting and applying standards to the design of motor vehicles and components
  • testing and evaluating vehicle performance and safety
  • utilising the structural properties of materials for vehicle building.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


  • Automobile Drivers

    Automobile Drivers drive motor cars to transport passengers to destinations.

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  • Automotive Electricians

    Automotive Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical wiring and electronic components in motor vehicles.

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  • Bus and Coach Drivers

    Bus and Coach Drivers drive buses and coaches to transport passengers over established and special routes.

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  • Car Detailers

    Car Detailers wash and clean exteriors and interiors of motor vehicles, and touch up paint work, glass and upholstery to prepare them for sale or rent.

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  • Engineering Managers

    Engineering Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the engineering and technical operations of organisations.

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  • Metal Fitters and Machinists

    Metal Fitters and Machinists fit and assemble fabricated metal parts into products, set up machining tools, production machines and textile machines, and operate machining tools and machines to shape metal stock and castings.

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  • Motor Mechanics

    Motor Mechanics repair, maintain and test motor vehicle and other internal combustion engines and related mechanical components.

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  • Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters

    Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters fit and replace parts and accessories on motor vehicles.

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  • Other Engineering Professionals

    Other Engineering Professionals include Aeronautical Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Engineering Technologist, Environmental Engineer and Naval Architect occupations.

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  • Panelbeaters

    Panelbeaters repair damage to metal, fibreglass and plastic body work on vehicles, and form replacement vehicle panels.

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  • Retail Managers

    Retail Managers organise and control the operations of establishments which provide retail services.

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  • Sales Assistants (General)

    Sales Assistants (General) sell goods and services, such as food, clothing, hardware, household appliances, office supplies and cosmetics, in retail and wholesale establishments.

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  • Train and Tram Drivers

    Train and Tram Drivers drive trains and trams to transport passengers and freight on rail networks.

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  • Truck Drivers

    Truck Drivers drive heavy trucks, removal vans, tankers and tow trucks to transport bulky goods and liquids.

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  • Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers

    Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers manufacture and repair prototype production units and purpose-built vehicle bodies, and install, repair and replace the interior trim of vehicles.

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  • Vehicle Painters

    Vehicle Painters prepare surfaces of vehicles, match and mix colours and apply paint.

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