AUR32512 - Certificate III in Automotive Underbody Technology

Experience with the underside of a car? Get recognised for that.

The underbody of a car may not be as glamorous as the topside, but your knowledge of how things work down there may provide you with important skills recognition leading to formal certification in the automotive industry.

Great for moving an existing career forward, jumpstarting a stalled career, beginning a new one, or simply getting qualified, you can look forward to diagnosing, inspecting, and repairing all of the underbody systems such as brakes, steering, wheels, transmissions, and suspension, in addition to welding, grinding, and machining.

Support your career in the automotive industry with a Certificate III in Automotive Underbody Technology.

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Total number of units = 28

13 core units 

15 elective units,  of which:

  • up to 15  elective units may be chosen from the elective units listed below
  • up to 5  elective units may be chosen from a Certificate II qualification or above in this Training Package, another endorsed Training Package or accredited course, provided that the units chosen contribute to the vocational outcome of this qualification and do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for this qualification.


Core units 


Unit code 

Unit title 

Common - Environment 


Monitor environmental and sustainability best practice in the automotive mechanical industry

Common Health and Safety 


Apply safe working practices in an automotive workplace

Mechanical Light Vehicle Brakes 


Diagnose and repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems

Mechanical Light Vehicle Steering and Suspension 


Repair steering systems (light vehicle)


Repair suspension systems (light vehicle)

Mechanical Vehicle Tyres and Wheels 


Select tyres and rims for specific applications (light)


Remove, inspect, repair and fit tyres and tubes (light)


Remove, inspect, and refit light vehicle wheel assemblies

Mechanical Light Vehicle Technical - Driveline and Final Drives 


Repair final drive driveline (light vehicle)

Mechanical Miscellaneous - Technical 


Carry out diagnostic procedures

Mechanical Miscellaneous Technical Wheels and Tyres 


Balance wheels and tyres

Mechanical Miscellaneous Technical Tools and Equipment 


Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment

Mechanical Miscellaneous Technical Emission and Exhaust 


Repair exhaust system components


Elective units 


Unit Code 

Unit Title 

Common Foundation Skills 


Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace

Common Teamwork, Supervision and Management 


Work effectively with others

Electrical Technical Steering and Suspension 


Service and repair electronically controlled steering systems

Electrical Technical - - Electrical and Electronic 


Test and repair basic electrical circuits


Test, charge and replace batteries


Service and repair electronically controlled suspension systems

Mechanical Light Vehicle Regulatory or Legal Steering and Suspension 


Determine compliance of steering and suspension modifications

Mechanical Light Vehicle Technical Steering and Suspension 


Reset steering system alignment adjustments to customer specifications


Carry out wheel alignment operations (light vehicle)

Mechanical Light Vehicle Technical - Wheels and Tyres 


Provide advice on the effects of wheel and tyre combinations

Mechanical Light Vehicle Technical - Transmission 


Diagnose and repair light vehicle clutch systems

Mechanical Miscellaneous Technical - Brakes 


Inspect and service braking systems


Attach friction materials and radius grind


Machine brake drums and brake disc rotors


Assemble and fit braking systems and components

Mechanical Miscellaneous Technical Steering and Suspension 


Inspect and service steering systems


Inspect and service suspension systems

Mechanical Miscellaneous Technical Wheels and Tyres 


Remove and refit wheel hubs and associated brake components

Mechanical Miscellaneous Technical Driveline Final Drives 


Service final drive (driveline)

Mechanical Miscellaneous Technical Fabrication 


Fabricate exhaust system and components

Mechanical Miscellaneous Technical - Transmission 


Inspect and service clutch systems

Vehicle Body Technical Welding, Grinding, Machining and Soldering 


Carry out manual metal arc welding procedures


Carry out gas metal arc welding procedures


Carry out oxy acetylene welding, thermal cutting and thermal heating procedures

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements, depending on the work context. Local regulations should be checked for details.

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