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Automotive Apprenticeships

The automotive and mechanic trade is for engine fanatics of all makes and models.

If you are looking to find a mechanic apprenticeship, you can choose from roles focused on selected engine types and sizes.

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics work on large mobile machinery such as mining vehicles, commercial trucks, agricultural and earthmoving equipment.

Qualified heavy vehicle mechanics may find employment with large logistics companies in the mining sector, in regional locations for farming and agriculture, and with government departments maintaining commercial fleets. See also Diesel Fitter Apprenticeships and Mobile Plant Mechanic Apprenticeships.

Light Vehicle Mechanics generally work on cars in an automotive workshop setting.

Automotive Mechanics may specialise as brake mechanics, automotive air conditioning mechanics or breakdown service officers. With advancements in automotive technology, more electronic controls and computers are now fitted to vehicles. As a result, Automotive Mechanics are becoming more specialised in the space.

Each automotive apprenticeship take around 4 years to complete during which you’ll undertake paid, hands-on training in a real workplace and complete a nationally accredited qualification.

Automotive Trade Specialisations

Trade specialisations in automotive mechanic roles include:

There is a need for automotive mechanics and technicians, and many trade specialisation qualifications are included on the Australian Government’s Apprenticeship Priority List. This means support payments are available for eligible apprentices in 2024, in addition to other benefits and financial assistance that apprentices can access. 

To learn more, select from automotive mechanic trade specialisations above or search for roles on our Jobs Board.

  • Automotive Qualifications
    • AUR31120 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
    • AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
    • AUR31220 Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
    • AUR30520 Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology
    • AUR31420 Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Fuel Technology
    • AUR31820 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology
    • AUR32120 Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology
    • AUR30420 Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology
    • AUM30218 Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Bus, Truck and Trailer
    • AUM30113 Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Passenger Motor Vehicle
MIGAS Plant Mechanic Brodie

MIGAS Plant Mechanic Apprentice, Brodie, completed his training in the mining sector.

Become an Automotive Mechanic Apprentice

Find an Automotive Mechanic Apprenticeship role on our Jobs Board to get started in a rewarding career.

MIGAS has 35 years’ experience supporting Australian Apprentices in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. As a registered Group Training Organisation, we’re committed to providing industry-leading apprenticeship pathways to help you advance your career in skilled trades.

Latest Automotive Apprenticeships

Automotive Mechanic Career Outcomes

An automotive apprenticeship can lead to a range of trade professions including:

  • Motor Mechanic
  • Heavy Vehicle Mechanic
  • Light Vehicle Mechanic
  • Mobile Plant Mechanic
  • Diesel Fitter
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Diesel Fuel Mechanic
  • Vehicle Body Builder
  • Panelbeater
  • Heavy Commercial Trailer Mechanic
  • Agricultural or Agritech Technician
  • Automotive Manufacturing Technician
  • Auto Body Restoration Technician
  • Forklift Technician
  • Parts Interpreter

Choose a Mechanic Trade

Popular trade specialisations in automotive mechanic apprenticeships include:

View the MIGAS Jobs Board for available automotive mechanic trade apprenticeships.

Automotive Apprenticeship FAQ

Find out more about apprenticeships in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Automotive Apprenticeship Articles


In the spirit of reconciliation, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.