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Heavy Vehicle Mechanic

What is a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic?

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics will primarily overhaul, service and repair engine, transmission (clutch, gear box and differential) and the suspension systems (springs, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres) on trucks, truck trailers, buses, bulldozers, excavators and other earthmoving equipment.

Examples of tasks and duties:

  • Test drive vehicles to locate and identify fault as described and communicated by client
  • Test, repair and service cooling systems, diesel fuel systems, air-conditioning, engine forced induction systems and clutch assemblies
  • Overhaul, repair and service engines, manual and automatic transmissions, air braking systems and final drive assemblies
  • Service and repair steering and suspension systems
  • Conduct safety and roadworthy inspections

How do I get into this trade?

You need to complete a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship. Solid Year 10 results in English and Maths is required, and having completed a Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology could be viewed favourably. You may be able to start this apprenticeship while you are still at school, however to be considered for a school-based apprenticeship, individuals must hold a manual driver’s licence and own a vehicle.

What does your career prospect look like?

Once you have completed your Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Apprenticeship, some great opportunities await you. You can become a Heavy Vehicle / Diesel Mechanic, Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanic, Workshop Foreman or Manager or even a Business Owner. In addition, you may wish to complete the Automotive Electrical Apprenticeship to compliment your heavy vehicle mechanical qualification and to maintain currency with changes to the Automotive Industry.

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Things to Consider - Heavy Vehicle Mechanic