AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation

Qualification Requirements

The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation are completion of a minimum of twelve (12) units of competency as described below.

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AUR20716 – Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation Pathways Overview

Qualification Description:

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a limited range of tasks relating to identifying and inspecting mechanical and electrical components and systems of light vehicles, heavy vehicles, outdoor power equipment, bicycles, marine craft and motorcycles. The Formula Student program has a focus on light vehicles. This qualification also covers the skills and knowledge required to perform minor maintenance and repair of an automotive vehicle body. The range of technical skills and knowledge is limited.

Training and Assessment:

Training and assessment is delivered face-to-face in a fully equipped workshop environment via a combination of comprehensive theoretical and practical lessons and tasks. Students are required to undertake a certain amount of self-directed preparation, reading, practice and preparation at their initiative and in their own time.

MEMPE001A - Use Engineering Workshop Machines

Unit descriptor:

This unit of competency involves setting up and machining components using lathes and other machines, such as milling machines, cut off saws, pedestal grinders and fixed position
drilling machines. Tooling might need to be re-sharpened but not ground up from a blank.
The settings for the machines will be calculated by the learner from given formulas, surface
speeds and feed rates.

Application of the unit:

This unit is designed for use in a pre-employment skills introduction program and is suitable
for use in institutional-based vocational programs. Skills development will take place under
direct supervision.

This unit is not to be used in a traineeship or apprenticeship training program or associated
qualifications. It is only to be used in pre-employment programs and carries no credit towards
apprenticeship/trade and other qualification types in manufacturing and engineering.

Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:

  • preparing a job plan
  • preparing for machining
  • performing machining
  • calculating speeds and feeds
  • using measuring equipment as required
  • appropriately cleaning and storing of equipment
  • applying safe working practices
  • using and applying personal protective equipment


Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:

  • safe machine operation procedures
  • material and equipment preparation requirements
  • basic marking out techniques
  • use and care of measuring tools
  • types of machines for cutting, grinding, drilling, turning and milling workand tool holding methods for each machine
  • safe working practices
  • use and application of personal protective equipment

MEMPE002A - Use Electric Welding Machines

Unit descriptor:

The unit of competency covers the use of manual metal arc, gas metal arc and gas tungsten arc welding machines depending on their availability in the learning institution.
The welding is not required to meet any Australian Standard. Fillet and butt welds would typically be performed on low carbon/mild steels and aluminium if required. The basic settings for the welding machine and the welding materials will be supplied to the learner.

Application of the unit:

This unit is designed for use in a pre-employment skills introduction program and is suitable for use in institutional-based vocational programs. Skills development will take place under direct supervision.
This unit is not to be used in a traineeship or apprenticeship training program or associated qualifications. It is only to be used in pre-employment programs and carries no credit towards apprenticeship/trade and other qualification types in manufacturing and engineering.

Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:

•    preparing materials
•    setting welding equipment according to given instructions
•    using electric welding machines to weld metal pieces together
•    reading and interpreting routine information on written job instructions
•    using measuring skills as required
•    applying safe working and welding practices
•    using and applying personal protective equipment

Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:

•    safe machine operation procedures
•    material and equipment preparation requirements
•    basic marking out techniques
•    use and care of measuring tools
•    behaviour of metals under heat
•    welding processes and properties
•    post-welding treatments
•    safe working and welding practices
•    use and application of personal protective equipment

AURAEA002 – Follow Environmental and Sustainability Practices in an Automotive Workplace

Application of the unit:

This is a core unit.

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.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must demonstrate they can perform the following skills:

  • follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace on three different occasions.

Knowledge Evidence:

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • environmental regulations and standards relevant to own automotive workplace, including commonwealth, state and territory legislation and local government by-laws and regulations
  • procedures for reporting environmental damage and breaches
  • procedures and processes that support environmental sustainability practices, including:
    • reducing waste
    • reusing materials
    • recycling waste
  • types of waste produced by automotive workplaces and their impact on the environment, including:
    • vehicle wastes, including:
    • coolants
    • oils
    • exhaust emissions
    • evaporative fuel emissions
    • waste components, including tyres
    • noise
  • workplace wastes, including:
    • cleaning materials
    • paper waste
    • general rubbish
  • procedures for minimising waste
  • procedures for sorting and storing items for recycling or disposal
  • procedures for reducing resource consumption, including water, electricity, fossil fuels and chemicals
  • procedures for controlling hazards to storm water and wastewater drainage systems, including:
    • capturing, storing and disposing of fluids released from vehicles
    • trapping spills, including the use of spill kits
    • preventing hazards entering storm water and wastewater drainage systems, including bunding, grease traps and triple interceptors
  • procedures for protecting air quality and controlling noise hazards, including:
    • minimising the emission of airborne particles, gases and fumes
    • containing and redirecting airborne particles, gases and fumes
    • insulating noise from automotive workshops.

AURAFA003 – Communicate Effectively in an Automotive Workplace

Application of the unit:

This is a core unit.

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.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must demonstrate they can perform the following:

  • complete three of the following communication tasks in an automotive workplace:
  • exchange verbal information regarding work task with colleague
  • exchange verbal information regarding work task with supervisor
  • request verbal clarification of work task from supervisor
  • request information from external customer using the telephone
  • request information from external customer using email.

Knowledge Evidence:

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • common automotive technical terms and their application to an automotive workplace
  • active listening and questioning techniques
  • verbal communication techniques, including:
    • one-on-one
    • group and team interactions
    • collaborative and inclusive techniques for interacting with others, including techniques appropriate to differing ages, cultural backgrounds and special needs
  • workplace forms and documents in electronic and hard copy, including:
    • workplace instructions or work orders
    • manufacturer service, repair and equipment manuals
  • types of non-verbal communication techniques, including:
    • visual gestures and sign language
    • body language
    • signage
    • electronic and mechanical signals
  • workplace procedures and requirements relating to:
    • workplace document style, format and layout
    • use of communication systems, including email, telephone, intercom and social media
    • reporting
  • types of communication devices in automotive workplaces
  • operating features of communication devices, including:
  • computers and tablets with email and social media software
  • intercoms and two-way radios
  • telephone systems, including mobile phones.

AURAFA004 – Resolve Routine Problems in an Automotive Workplace

Application of the unit:

This is a core unit.

This unit describes the performance outcomes required to identify, clarify and resolve routine basic problems commonly encountered in an automotive workplace. It involves determining and implementing solutions to identified problems and identifying and reporting on their effectiveness.
It applies to those working in the automotive service and repair industry.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must demonstrate they can perform the following:

  • clarify and resolve three of the following routine problems in an automotive workplace caused by:
    • inaccurate or outdated workplace procedure
    • internal changes to work conditions or environment
    • external changes to work conditions or environment
    • additional or non-standard work activities.

Knowledge Evidence:

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • workplace procedures relating to problem identification and resolution strategies
  • problem solving methods and techniques, including:
    • brainstorming
    • root cause analysis
    • trial and error approach
    • problem cause and effect strategies
  • reporting procedures.

AURASA002 – Follow Safe Working Practices in an Automotive Workplace

Application of the unit:

This is a core unit.

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.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must demonstrate they can perform the following:

  • move two heavy items in an automotive workplace
  • use two different dangerous goods in an automotive workplace
  • identify fire safety equipment and its correct application in an automotive workplace
  • identify emergency evacuation procedures and responsibilities of self and co-workers in an automotive workplace
  • raise a safety concern at either a work health and safety (WHS) or occupational health and safety (OHS) consultative meeting
  • carry out a hazard inspection in an automotive workplace
  • complete an incident report.

Knowledge Evidence

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • basic aspects of relevant state or territory WHS or OHS legislation, including:
    • employer responsibilities for workplace practices
    • employee responsibilities to participate in WHS practices
    • employee responsibility to ensure own work practices protect the safety of self, other workers and other people in the workplace
    • purpose and structure of WHS or OHS workplace committees, including roles of workplace personnel
  • personal safety in an automotive workplace, including:
    • hearing protection
    • skin protection
    • protective clothing
    • protective footwear
    • eye protection
  • manual handling, including:
    • storing items
    • planning the lift
    • using correct lifting techniques and equipment
  • workplace practices, including:
    • housekeeping
    • observing personal hygiene
    • identifying slip hazards and trip hazards
  • meaning of WHS or OHS symbols and signs
  • machine and equipment safety, including:
    • using compressed air
    • using machine guards
    • electrical tools, including:
    • checking before use
    • faulty equipment tagging and isolation procedures
    • dangers of using electrical tools around water
  • vehicle lifting equipment, including:
    • using jacks and stands
    • using hoists
    • safe working load (SWL) of jacks and hoists
  • vehicle safety, including:
    • engine moving parts
    • engine and exhaust hot components
  • electrical hazards associated with:
    • high voltage ignition systems
    • wearing jewellery while working around high current wiring systems
    • batteries
    • fuel, including petrol, diesel and natural and petroleum gas
    • high voltage in battery electrical and hybrid vehicles
  • hazardous materials, including handling and storing:
    • oils
    • brake fluid
    • brake dust
    • chemicals
    • cleaning products
    • safety data sheets (SDS)
  • emergency procedures, including:
    • personnel responsibilities
    • evacuation procedures and assembly points.

AURETR003 – Identify Automotive Electrical Systems and Components

Application of the unit:

This is a core unit.

This unit describes the performance outcomes required to identify the function and basic operation of a range of vehicle electrical systems and components. It involves preparing for the task, locating information on the systems and components, and demonstrating knowledge of electrical systems.
It applies to those undertaking a Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) or pre-vocational qualification as preparation to entering the automotive service and repair or automotive manufacturing industry. The unit is designed for use in a highly supervised context and is not suitable for use in a vocational qualification.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must demonstrate they can perform the following skills:

  • identify, locate and demonstrate knowledge of the operation of the following electrical systems while carrying out workplace activities:
    • vehicle electrical power supplies
    • ignition system
    • fuel delivery system
    • charging system
    • starting system
    • lighting system
    • fuses and circuit breakers
    • wiring looms and harnesses.

Knowledge Evidence:

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • work health and safety (WHS) and occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements relating to applying automotive electrical system fundamentals, including procedures for:
    • selecting and using personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • using tools and equipment
    • following workplace safety procedures
  • basic theory and principles of automotive electrical systems, including:
    • alternating current (AC)
    • direct current (DC)
    • Ohm’s law
  • identification, function and basic operation of vehicle electrical systems and components, including:
    • vehicle electrical power supplies
    • ignition system
    • fuel delivery system
    • charging system
    • starting system
    • lighting system
    • body electrical systems
    • fuses and circuit breakers
    • wiring looms and harnesses
  • automotive terminology relating to electrical systems.

AURLTA001 – Identify Automotive Mechanical Systems and Components

Application of the unit:

This is a core unit.

This unit describes the performance outcomes required to identify the function and basic operation of a range of vehicle mechanical systems and components. It involves preparing for the task, locating information on the systems and components, and demonstrating knowledge of mechanical systems.
It applies to those undertaking a Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) or pre-vocational qualification as preparation to entering the automotive service and repair or automotive manufacturing industry. The unit is designed for use in a highly supervised context and is not suitable for use in a vocational qualification.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must demonstrate they can perform the following skills:

  • identify, locate and demonstrate knowledge of the operation of the following vehicle mechanical systems while carrying out workplace activities that involve all of the following systems:
    • engine systems
    • transmission and drive-train
    • steering system
    • suspension system
    • fuel system
    • cooling system
    • braking system
    • exhaust system.

Knowledge Evidence:

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • work health and safety (WHS) and occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements relating to identifying vehicle mechanical systems and components, including procedures for:
    • selecting and using personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • using tools and equipment
    • working safely
  • basic theory and principles of automotive mechanical systems, including:
    • mechanical advantage
    • gear ratio
    • hydraulics
    • pneumatics
  • identification, function and basic operation of vehicle mechanical systems and components, including:
    • engine systems
    • transmission and drive-train
    • steering system
    • suspension system
    • fuel system
    • cooling system
    • braking system
    • exhaust system
  • automotive terminology relating to mechanical systems.

AURTTK002 – Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment in an Automotive Workplace

Application of the unit:

This is a core unit.

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.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must demonstrate they can perform the following skills:

  • use and maintain the following workplace tools and equipment:
    • five different hand tools
    • two different power tools
    • two different air tools
    • one piece of vehicle lifting equipment
    • one piece of vehicle supporting equipment.

Knowledge Evidence:

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • work health and safety (WHS) and occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements relating to using and maintaining workplace tools and equipment, including procedures for:
    • using specific tools and equipment
    • selecting and using personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • types, uses, limitations and operating procedures for hand and power tools, including:
    • sockets and ratchets
    • spanners, including ring spanners, open-ended spanners, combination spanners and flare nut spanners
    • wrenches, including torque wrenches and adjustable wrenches
    • oil filter removal tools
    • allen keys
    • screwdrivers, including impact screwdrivers
    • pliers, including combination, adjustable, long nose, snap ring, side cutting and vice grip pliers
    • hammers
    • chisels and punches
    • hacksaws
    • files
    • bench grinders
    • presses
    • impact guns
    • air ratchets and blowguns
  • types, characteristics, uses and limitations of workplace equipment, including:
    • vehicle lifting and supporting equipment, including:
      • jacks, including air jacks
      • jack stands
      • vehicle hoists
    • fasteners, including:
      • bolts
      • washers
      • nuts
      • studs
      • screws
    • specialised tools, including:
      • screw extractors
      • stud installation and removal tools
      • gear and bearing pullers
      • sealing and adhesive equipment
  • procedures for selecting tools and equipment
  • identification and tagging procedures for faulty tools and equipment
  • basic maintenance and storage procedures for tools and equipment.


AUMAFA001 - Apply for Jobs and Undertake Job Interviews

Application of the unit:

This unit describes the performance outcomes required to prepare and apply for a job in a range of contexts.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must have competently prepared for and undertaken a job interview on a minimum of three occasions.

Individuals must demonstrate they can:

  • find an appropriate job offer using an employment database
  • complete a job application
  • complete a résumé
  • undertake and evaluate a job interview.

Knowledge Evidence:

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • methods of sourcing jobs
  • methods of prioritising job options
  • procedures for completing job applications, including procedures for completing selection criteria
  • procedures for completing résumés, including using résumé templates in computer word-processing programs
  • interview techniques and strategies for improving interview performance.

AURTTA027 – Carry Out Basic Vehicle Servicing Operations

Application of the unit:

This unit describes the performance outcomes required to carry out basic vehicle servicing operations. It requires the learner to plan and prepare the servicing task; select the correct equipment and service the major vehicle systems according to manufacturer servicing procedures and specifications; record findings; maintain the work area; and check and store the servicing tools and equipment.
It applies to those undertaking a Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) or pre-vocational qualification as preparation to entering the automotive service and repair or automotive manufacturing industry.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must demonstrate they can perform the following skills:

  • correctly perform basic servicing operations on a minimum of two different operational vehicles.

Knowledge Evidence:

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • key aspects of work health and safety (WHS), occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental requirements relating to basic vehicle servicing operations, including:
    • use of personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, ear protection and safety footwear
    • use of hand tools and lifting equipment
    • safety data sheets (SDS) and procedures for handling, storing and disposing of used oil, lubricants, coolants, transmission and brake fluids
    • reasons for servicing vehicles
  • basic vehicle servicing procedures, including:
    • servicing the engine:
    • checking for leaks, worn or loose fittings, cracks or other damage
    • changing the engine oil
    • changing the oil filter
  • servicing the drive belt:
    • checking for cracks, fraying, oil soaking and glazing at the belt to pulley contact area
    • adjusting the belt
  • servicing the cooling system:
    • checking for leaks, signs of corrosion, damaged or cracked hoses, worn or loose fittings
    • topping up the coolant
  • servicing transmission and final drive systems:
    • checking for leaks, worn or loose fittings, cracks or other damage
    • checking and topping up transmission and final drive lubricant level
    • topping up the clutch master cylinder fluid
  • servicing the tyres and suspension and steering system:
    • checking for leaks, splits in rubber boots, worn or loose fittings, and tyre wear
    • adjusting air pressure
    • lubricating ball joints
    • topping up power steering reservoir fluid
  • servicing the fuel system:
    • checking for leaks, worn or loose fittings, cracks or other damage
    • replacing air filters
  • servicing the electrical system:
    • checking the lighting system
    • checking and topping up the battery
  • servicing the brakes:
    • checking for leaks, wear, excessive heat damage, cracks or other damage
    • topping up the master cylinder fluid
  • other tasks, including checking:
    • windscreen wipers
    • windscreen washers (fluid level)
    • heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) operation
    • body panels
    • exhaust system
    • mirrors
    • condition of foot pedal rubbers
  • hand and power tools and equipment used in vehicle servicing
  • work area clean-up and maintenance requirements.

AURTTJ003 – Remove and Replace Wheel and Tyre Assemblies

Application of the unit:

This unit describes the performance outcomes required to remove and replace wheel and tyre assemblies. It requires the learner to plan and prepare the task; identify wheel and tyre assemblies; remove wheel and tyre assemblies; inspect components and identify their function; replace the wheel and tyre assembly; and maintain the work area, tools and equipment.
It applies to those undertaking a Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) or pre-vocational qualification as preparation to entering the automotive service and repair or automotive manufacturing industry.

Performance Evidence:

Before competency can be determined, individuals must demonstrate they can perform the following skills:

  • correctly remove and replace the wheel and tyre assemblies of at least two different vehicles.

Knowledge Evidence:

Individuals must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • key aspects of work health and safety (WHS) and occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements, including:
    • use of personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, ear protection and safety footwear
    • use of hand tools and lifting equipment
    • procedures for handling wheel and tyre assemblies
  • types and application of wheel assemblies, including:
    • stamped or pressed steel wheels
    • alloy wheels
    • wheel studs and nuts
    • tyres, including cross-ply and radial tyres
    • inspection procedures for tyre and wheel assemblies, including wheel inspection and tyre wear
    • removal and replacement procedures and precautions
    • tyre air pressure setting and test procedures
  • work area clean-up and maintenance requirements.