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Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers
Sub-Major Group

Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers construct, repair and maintain motor vehicles and aircraft structures and systems, and cut, shape, cast, join and finish metal, metal parts, subassemblies and precision instruments.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this sub-major group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

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.

Tasks Include:

  • diagnosing electrical and mechanical faults in motor vehicles and aircraft
  • dismantling engines and electrical systems, and removing damaged panels and interior trim
  • repairing and replacing worn and defective parts
  • painting repaired vehicle surfaces
  • constructing, modifying, painting and upholstering prototype and specialised vehicle bodies
  • marking and cutting out metal stock
  • shaping stock using hand and machine tools
  • shaping metal in moulds
  • joining stock and components by welding, soldering, brazing, riveting, bolting, screwing and gluing
  • fitting and testing components, and applying protective and decorative finishes to metal products

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