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Diesel Motor Mechanic (ANZSCO 331212)

Repair, maintain and test motor vehicle and other internal combustion engines and related mechanical components.
Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters are excluded from this unit group. Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters are included in Unit Group 8994 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters.

Tasks Include:

  1. detecting and diagnosing mechanical and electrical faults in engines and parts
  2. dismantling and removing engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checking parts
  3. repairing and replacing worn and defective parts and reassembling mechanical components, and referring to service manuals as needed
  4. performing scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups, to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations
  5. reassembling engines and parts after being repaired
  6. testing and adjusting mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance
  7. diagnosing and testing parts with the assistance of computers
  8. may inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or detail work required to achieve roadworthiness
  9. may respond to vehicle breakdown service calls

Skill Level: 3

Occupation List: MLTSSL


Automotive Heavy Mechanic

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190 State491 State491 Family186 Direct494 SESR482 TSS407 Training485 Graduate


Education Requirement

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. Certain countries are not exempt from this criterion, so it is important that Diesel Motor Mechanics should obtain a Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology.


Education CostAccess to Graduate Visa
Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine TechnologyBetween $12,000 – $18,000Yes
Subclass 485 Graduate Work Stream


Skills Assessment with Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)


Types of Skills Assessment available. Eligibility
Offshore Skills Assessment (OSAP)

Required by persons who hold a passport from a country listed in https://www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/osap-nominated-occupations-countries-and-sars

Could apply whether you have a qualification or not.

Applicants must have the required work experience.

Migration Skills Assessment

1)      Three years full time work experience

2)      Financial evidence to support work experience claims

3)      Complete Employer reference template as required by TRA from all employers.

4)      Must have a relevant qualification, including RPL.

Temporary Skills Shortage Skills AssessmentRequired by passport holders from the following country whilst applying for a Subclass 482 Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00294
Job Ready Program

Four stage process which allows applicants to complete their skills assessment after 1 year.

Must hold a graduate visa and completed their education in Australia.

Optimal choice for those wanting to do points migration.

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