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Automotive Mechanical Heavy

Overview

This page provides information and data on the Automotive – Mechanical Heavy industry sector, which is one component of the Automotive industry.

This industry sector provides repair and service work for heavy vehicles. Key segments of this industry sector include:

  • Mobile plant machinery (in mining and construction)
  • Heavy commercial vehicles (road transport)
  • Agricultural machinery.

There has been increased uptake of electronic technology components in trucks and commercial vehicles which will require more advanced capabilities within the sector and new safety requirements.

Nationally recognised training for the Automotive – Mechanical Heavy industry sector is delivered under the AUR – Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

For information on other automotive related industry sectors, visit the Automotive cluster page.

Information sourced from the Automotive IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

There are two main industry classes relevant to the Automotive – Mechanical Heavy sector. These are:

  • Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance
  • Other Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance.

Numbers employed in the Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance industry class were approximately 65,600 according to the 2016 census, up from 59,600 in the 2006 census. In the other class, employment numbers remained reasonably static between the two census periods at approximately 26,400.

Please note however that these industry classes also cover other activities besides work relevant to the Automotive – Mechanical Heavy sector, so the trends shown here should be seen as indicative only.

The two main occupations in these industry classes relevant to Automotive Mechanical Heavy are Motor Mechanics and Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters. Motor Mechanics form by far the greatest portion of the two industry sub-sectors. Employment in these two occupations is expected to decrease slightly until 2023.

Training trends

Training snapshot

Both program enrolments and completions Automotive – Mechanical Heavy-related qualifications decreased between 2017 and 2018, with approximately 9,520 enrolments and close to 2,010 completions recorded in 2018. All program enrolments in Automotive – Mechanical Heavy-related qualifications were at the certificate III level, with more than half (55%) of enrolments occurring within the qualification cluster of Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology, followed by Mobile Plant Technology (33%). The main intended occupation was Motor Mechanic (General).

Overall, three quarters of training in 2018 was delivered by TAFE institutes (75%), followed by private training providers (21%). Across all training provider types, Commonwealth and state government funding accounted for 82% of funding, with the remainder relatively evenly split between international fee for service (9%) and domestic fee for service (9%). International fee for service was more likely to be identified for private training providers (32%). More than one quarter of students resided in New South Wales (28%), followed by Victoria (20%), Queensland (17%) and Western Australia (17%). 

More than half of all training was delivered in New South Wales (27%) and Victoria (25%), followed by 19% in Queensland and 16% in Western Australia.

In 2018, there were approximately 3,120 apprentice and trainee commencements and roughly 1,530 completions in Automotive – Mechanical Heavy-related qualifications. Commencements have continued to increase, recording the highest level since 2010, while completions have declined from the peak of around 1,730 in 2017. Almost all the apprenticeships had the intended occupation of Motor Mechanic (General). The largest proportion of apprenticeships and traineeships were reported by New South Wales (34%), followed by Victoria (18%), Queensland (18%) and Western Australia (17%).

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The Automotive IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast ranks a list of generic skills in order of importance for each industry sector. The top five ranked generic skills for the Heavy Vehicle sector (which includes Automotive – Mechanical Heavy) are:

  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN)
  • Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
  • Design mindset/Thinking critically/System thinking/Solving problems
  • Learning agility/Information literacy/Intellectual autonomy and self-management
  • Technology use and application.

The Automotive IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast indicates that sustained industry activity from key users of commercial vehicles, such as construction and mining, has led to increased commercial vehicle utilisation which in turn supports the demand for the allied sectors of servicing and repairs. As growth is forecast in the areas of mining and heavy construction (including mobile plants), heavy road transport and commercial vehicle utilisation, it is expected that jobs and skills demand in heavy vehicle-related sectors will be strong over the coming years.

The Automotive IRC’s 2017 Skills Forecast indicated that technological change is impacting this sector. Changes include the advances in repair technologies, the use of guidance and telematics systems, and extra safety requirements due to engaging with work on hybrid electrical componentry.

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment, 2018, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal  

  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2023
    • 3212 Motor Mechanics
    • 8994 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, 2016 Census – employment, income and unpaid work, 2006 Census –labour force TableBuilder. Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data.

  • Employment level by 4 digit ANZSIC,
    • 9419 Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance
    • 9429 Other Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance.
  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations
    • 3212 Motor Mechanics
    • 8994 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters.                                                                                                               

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Students and Courses from the following training package or qualifications:

  • AUR Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package
  • Agricultural Mechanical Technology
    • AUR30412 - Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology
    • AUR30416 - Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology
  • Diesel Technology
    • AUR31412 - Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Fuel Technology
    • AUR31416 - Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Fuel Technology
    • AUR31512 - Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology
    • AUR31516 - Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology
  • Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
    • AUR31112 - Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
    • AUR31114 - Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
    • AUR31116 - Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Mobile Plant Technology
    • AUR31212 - Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
    • AUR31216 - Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
  • Other Automotive Heavy Qualifications
    • AUR30605 - Certificate III in Automotive Specialist
    • AUR30611 - Certificate III in Automotive Specialist
    • AUR30899 - Certificate III in Automotive (Mechanical - Heavy Vehicle Road Transport)
    • AUR31712 - Certificate III in Forklift Technology
    • AUR31716 - Certificate III in Forklift Technology
    • AUR31812 - Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology
    • AUR31816 - Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology
    • AUR31912 - Certificate III in Elevating Work Platform Technology
    • AUR31916 - Certificate III in Elevating Work Platform Technology
    • AUR32613 - Certificate III in Automotive Tyre Management
    • AUR32616 - Certificate III in Automotive Tyre Management.

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program enrolments
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program completions.

Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill-sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document. 

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place. This can lead to situations where the total sum of proportions in a chart may not add up to exactly 100%.

AUR Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package apprentice and trainee data has been extracted from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, including:

  • 2010 to 2018 commencements
  • 2010 to 2018 completions 
  • 2018 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2018 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.

Generic skills data have been extracted from the Automotive IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast.

Updated: 06 Dec 2019
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