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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.

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 Industry 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 was approximately 65,600 according 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 as Motor Mechanics are projected to increase slightly until 2022 while employment as Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters is expected to decrease substantially by 2022 (-10.5%).

Training trends

Training snapshot

Program enrolment numbers and completion numbers have increased over the period between 2014 and 2016. There were just over 8,000 enrolments in 2016 and about 1,850 completions. All qualifications for the Mechanical Heavy sector were at certificate III level. In terms of types of qualifications, close to 60% of enrolments in 2016 were in heavy commercial vehicle mechanical technology, while close to 30% were in mobile plant technology. The courses were aimed at the intended occupation of Motor Mechanic.

Approximately 72% of course enrolments in 2016 were delivered by TAFE with about 20% being delivered by private providers. The main source of funding for subjects was state and Commonwealth funding (85%). Students were mainly concentrated across the three eastern states (close to 70% of enrolments) followed by Western Australia (14% of enrolments). 

In 2016, there were over 2,600 apprentice and trainee commencements and over 1,600 completions in Automotive Mechanical Heavy qualifications. These were the highest number of commencements and completions over the 2010 to2016 period. The largest proportion of apprenticeships and traineeships were in New South Wales (37%), followed by Victoria (19%), Queensland (18%) and Western Australia (14%).

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The Automotive Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2017 indicates that technological change is impacting on the skill needs of this sector. In particular, the need for diagnostic and electrical repair capabilities for technologically sophisticated vehicles and machinery. There are also implications for safety requirements due to hazard relating to working on hybrid electrical componentry.

The main priority skills for this sector identified by the industry skills forecast are:

  • Foundation skills – Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN), employability and in particular digital  literacy skills.
  • Technical skills – These are related to new vehicle technologies.
  • Diagnostic skills – Troubleshooting and fault finding and then undertaking the necessary repairs.

The skills forecast lists the top five generic skills for the sector as:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)
  • Design mindset/Thinking critically/System thinking/Solving problems
  • Learning agility/Information literacy/Intellectual autonomy and self-management
  • Communication/Virtual collaboration/Social intelligence
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

The Directions in Australia’s automotive industry 2017 lists projected skill shortage numbers to 2018-2019 for the following occupations relevant to the Automotive Mechanical Heavy sector:

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

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment, 2017, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal  

  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2022
    • 3212 Motor Mechanics
    • 8994 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, Employed persons by occupation unit group of main job (ANZSCO), sex, state and territory, August 1986 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ08, viewed 2nd January 2018 <http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202017?OpenDocument>

  • Employed total by ANZSCO, 2000 to 2017, May Quarter
    • 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.

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
    • AUR30412.-.Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology
    • AUR30416.-.Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology
    • AUR30605.-.Certificate III in Automotive Specialist
    • AUR30611.-.Certificate III in Automotive Specialist
    • AUR30899.-.Certificate III in Automotive (Mechanical - Heavy Vehicle Road Transport)
    • 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
    • AUR31212.-.Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
    • AUR31216.-.Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
    • AUR31412.-.Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Fuel Technology
    • AUR31512.-.Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology
    • AUR31516.-.Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology
    • AUR31712.-.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
    • AUR32613.-.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 program enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 subject enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 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 2016 commencements
  • 2010 to 2016 completions 
  • 2016 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2016 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.

Priority skills data have been extracted from the Automotive Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2017.

Updated: 17 Sep 2018
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