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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 2018 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

Program enrolment numbers and completion numbers have increased over the period between 2014 and 2017. There were just over 10,400 enrolments in 2017 and just over 1,900 completions. All qualifications for the Automotive – Mechanical Heavy sector in 2017 were at certificate III level. In terms of types of qualifications, about 57% of enrolments in 2017 were in heavy commercial vehicle mechanical technology, while close to 32% were in mobile plant technology. The courses were predominantly aimed at the intended occupation of Motor Mechanic (General).

Approximately 75% of course enrolments in 2017 were delivered by TAFE institutes with about 19% being delivered by private providers. The main source of funding for subjects was state and Commonwealth funding (88%). Students were mainly concentrated across the three eastern states (over 70% of enrolments) followed by Western Australia (13% of enrolments). 

In 2017, there were about 2,750 apprentice and trainee commencements and about 1,750 completions in Automotive – Mechanical Heavy qualifications. These were the highest number of commencements and completions over the 2010 to 2017 period. Almost all the apprenticeships were aimed at the intended occupation of Motor Mechanic (General). The largest proportion of apprenticeships and traineeships were reported in New South Wales (35%), followed by Victoria (18%), Queensland (17%) and Western Australia (17%).

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The Automotive IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast indicates that technological change is impacting on 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.

The Skills Forecast lists the top five generic skills for the sector as:

  • 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 Skills Forecast notes that there is currently a shortage of Heavy Vehicle Technicians in this sector.

The Directions in Australia’s automotive industry 2017 lists projected skill shortage numbers for the following occupations relevant to the Automotive – Mechanical Heavy sector projected to 2018–19:

Heavy Vehicle Mechanic 2,256
Mobile Plant Mechanic  191
Mechanic – Farm Machinery 186

Links and resources

Below is a list of industry-relevant organisations and associations. Hyperlinks have been included where available.

Industry associations and advisory bodies

Association of Australasian Diesel Specialists Inc (AADS)

Bus Industry Confederation

Commercial Vehicle Industry Association Australia (CVIAA)

Construction and Mining Equipment Industry Group (CMEIG)

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia

Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE-Australasia)

Truck Industry Council

Employee associations

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

Relevant research

Directions in Australia’s automotive industry: an industry report 2017 - Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce

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:

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 program enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 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 2017 commencements
  • 2010 to 2017 completions 
  • 2017 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2017 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.

Generic skills data have been extracted from the Automotive IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

Updated: 12 Dec 2018
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