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Light Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship

A Light Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship will prepare you for a job where you will be a qualified tradesperson who services, repair and overhaul cars and other light motor vehicles.

There are employment opportunities in specialist performance vehicle workshops, with motor dealership service centres, and the potential to open your own mechanic workshop and start your own business.

A mechanic apprenticeship is an opportunity to take your passion for tinkering in the home garage and turn it into a dynamic career working with new and old vehicles.

How Long is a Light Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship?

A Light Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship takes around 3-4 years of training on-the-job, while completing a nationally accredited qualification such as:

  • AUR30320 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology
  • AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • MSM31022 Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Service and Repair

If large trucks and engines are more your style, you might prefer a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship.

Light Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship

What is a Light Vehicle Mechanic

A Light Vehicle Mechanic is a skilled in the maintenance, repair, and servicing of light vehicles such as cars, vans, and small trucks.

Their work involves diagnosing and fixing mechanical issues, performing regular maintenance, servicing vehicle parts like the engine, transmission, suspension, and brakes, and ensuring that vehicles are operating safely and efficiently.

Automotive engineering innovations in motorsports have positively affected this industry resulting in developments in fuel efficiency, suspension technology and environment control in everyday cars.

The skills required of mechanics are now broader than ever and continue to evolve while remaining grounded in traditional light vehicle mechanical processes.

Light Vehicle Mechanic Salary

On average a qualified light vehicle mechanic will earn $80,000 to $100,000 per year. (Seek)

Light vehicle mechanic wages are usually paid under the Vehicle Award, with applicable Award inclusions, support payments, and employer benefits for eligible apprentices. 

Indicative weekly wages for a light vehicle mechanic in 2024:

  • Aged under 17 years: $497.50 to $875.60 per week

  • Aged 17 to 20 years: $547.25 to $875.60 per week

  • Aged over 21 years: $796.00 to $914.90 per week

Light Vehicle Mechanic Apprentice Skill Requirements

A love of engines is the best place to start when considering a Light Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship, as well as the following skills and aptitude:

  • Enjoy practical and manual work
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Problem solving skills
  • Diagnostic ability

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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.