Transportation and logistics

Automobile Technology


The modern Light Vehicle Automobile Technician is likely to be employed in a workshop that is closely associated with one major manufacturer of light vehicles. Their expertise may be greatest with that manufacturer’s vehicles; however, depending on the situation and range of services offered by the workshop, they may also handle other manufacturers’ vehicles.

Automobile Technicians also work in garages and workshops that are not associated with particular manufacturers. Where this is the case they may experience a wider range of light vehicles and use alternative equipment, parts and materials. The trained and competent Light Vehicle Automobile Technician will service and repair a range of light vehicles

The highly skilled Automobile Technician keeps abreast of continuous changes in the sector, whether these are to do with performance, safety or green energy sources. They will deeply understand vehicles’ electrical and electronic systems and their integration; have physical stamina, coordination and kinaesthetic skills, and be versatile. They will be assigned the more complex diagnostic tasks, the most advanced vehicles, and those incorporating the latest technologies. This person may rapidly progress to more senior roles as trainer, supervisor, planner and/or manager.



Heavy Truck Maintenance


The Heavy Truck Maintenance Technician maintains and repairs large machines and industrial equipment, both towed and self-propelled, used in mining, forestry, agriculture, landscaping, material handling, and transportation. The technician must be able to maintain and repair internal combustion engines and components, both stationary and mobile, as well as on-highway and off-highway vehicles, both motorized and towed; tracked and rubber-tired equipment; ground-engaging equipment; and earth-moving equipment.

Maintenance and repair can involve individual components or entire systems, requiring the technician to have skill with engines, hydraulics, electronics, braking systems, and much more. The technician must use specific tools to diagnose function, make adjustments, repair or replace defective components or systems, test repairs for proper performance, interpret instructions in technical manuals, write service reports, and ensure that the work meets manufacturers specifications and the requirements of legislation. The technician is frequently the interlocutor between the employer, the customer, and the manufacturer. This experience can allow the technician to advance to senior roles such as trainer, supervisor, or manager.


Heavy Vehicle Technology


The Heavy Vehicle Technician maintains and repairs agricultural machinery. The machinery may be large or small, basic or advanced, and include tractors, forage harvesters, balers, bale wrappers, mowers, combine harvesters, crop sprayers, fertiliser distributors, tillage and slurry handling equipment. According to type and purpose, the machinery may be used primarily or entirely off the road.

For servicing and repair the Heavy Vehicle Technician may normally work on the owners premises and land, which is usually but not always a farm. Some Technicians will be based in a workshop that serves a particular area or type of machine. The Technician will be required to provide both routine and exceptional support to those owning or leasing the machinery. Some machines and units have a largely seasonal use, while others are required for many purposes year-round. Whatever the requirement, for this time-sensitive sector reliability, efficiency and effectiveness are essential.