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Motorcycle service technicians, also called motorcycle mechanics, are small engine repairers who specialize in two- and three-wheeled vehicles, such as scooters, motorcycles and mopeds. They may also work on all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s). Some motorcycle mechanics choose to specialize in only one type of vehicle or one aspect, such as motorcycles from a specific manufacturer or customizations. Specific duties depend on the type of employer, but many tasks and training requirements are common.

Motorcycle apprentices may perform routine maintenance tasks, such as replacing spark plugs or changing the oil. They also repair engines, transmissions, electrical, suspension, brakes and they may also perform minor repairs to the body, such as replacing damaged fairings and body components.

In shops with diagnostic machines an apprentice technician may connect the motorcycle to the machine to learn what could be causing the problem. Repairs are sometimes minor, but at other times, the apprentice mechanic may need to disassemble the engine or transmission, replace the defective part and then reinstall the rebuilt component. Course details


Atherton, Bowen, Burdekin, Cairns, Charters Towers, Innisfail, Mt Isa, Townsville Trade Training Centre

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Atherton Any time Flexible
Bowen Any time Flexible
Burdekin Any time Flexible
Cairns Any time Flexible
Charters Towers Any time Flexible
Innisfail Any time Flexible
Mt Isa Any time Flexible
Townsville Trade Training Centre Any time Flexible

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is usually through an indenture as an apprentice or via RPL (see below). NB: In some cases, credit towards this qualification may apply from previously completed study. School based apprenticeships are also available. If you want to know more, please telephone Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

Minimum age: Entry into an apprenticeship or traineeship is generally limited to individuals who are 16 years of age or older. In special circumstances consideration may be given to individuals 13 years or older seeking to enter into an apprenticeship or traineeship. Queensland legislation applies age restrictions to particular apprenticeships and traineeships.

If you are under 18 years of age at the start date of your apprenticeship or traineeship, your parent or guardian must sign the training contract.

Education: Levels of education that should be attained prior to entry into the apprenticeship may be recommended but these are not mandatory unless the levels are set in legislation. If you want to know more please telephone Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210. All TAFE apprentices will complete a literacy and numeracy assessment as part of their TAFE training.


Atherton State High School
Manunds Road
Atherton QLD 4883

98-158 Queens Road
Bowen QLD 4805

Seventeenth Street
Home Hill QLD 4806

Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Charters Towers
1-13 MacPherson Street
Charters Towers QLD 4820

45 Flying Fish Point Road
Innisfail QLD 4860

Mt Isa
165-179 Abel Smith Parade
Mount Isa QLD 4825

Townsville Trade Training Centre
763 Ingham Road
Townsville QLD 4818

Resources required

  • Notepad and Pen
  • Protective clothing
  • Steel capped safety boots are required while engaged in work activities and while students are in designated areas of TAFE
  • Access to the textbook Modern Motorcycle Technology 2017 by Edward Abdo. This textbook is available for loan from TAFE Queensland's library network or can be purchased from Cengage
  • All persons having long hair will wear hair protection when working with or around moving machinery or whilst in designated areas of operation


Please note, the timetable for future semesters may differ to the current schedule. If you need help or can't find what you're looking for, give us a call on 1300 656 959.


This successful achievement of this course requires you to complete 36 units; 20 core and 16 elective units.

AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace Core
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace Core
AURETR012 Test and repair basic electrical circuits Core
AURETR023 Diagnose and repair spark ignition engine management systems Core
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles Core
AURETR029 Diagnose and repair charging systems Core
AURETR030 Diagnose and repair starting systems Core
AURETR031 Diagnose and repair ignition systems Core
AURTTA018 Carry out diagnostic procedures Core
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems Core
AURTTC003 Diagnose and repair cooling systems Core
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines Core
AURTTF001 Inspect and service petrol fuel systems Core
AURTTF006 Diagnose and repair petrol carburettor systems Core
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace Core
AURTTQ001 Inspect and service final drive assemblies Core
AURTTQ003 Inspect and service drive shafts Core
AURACA001 Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace Elective
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace Elective
AURJTJ001 Remove, inspect and refit motorcycle wheel and tyre assemblies Elective
AURJTJ002 Remove, inspect, repair and refit motorcycle tyres and tubes Elective
AURLTQ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle final drive assemblies Elective
AURLTZ001 Diagnose and repair light vehicle emission control systems Elective
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives Elective
AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems Elective
AURTTZ002 Diagnose and repair exhaust systems Elective
AURVTW008 Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting Elective


In addition to the units listed above students will also complete the following:

AURJTB001 Diagnose and repair motorcycle braking systems (Core)
AURJTD003 Diagnose and repair motorcycle suspension systems (Core)
AURJTD004 Diagnose and repair motorcycle steering systems (Core)  
AURJTE001 Diagnose and repair motorcycle engines (Core) 
AURJTQ001 Inspect and service motorcycle driveline systems (Elective)
AURJTQ002 Diagnose and repair motorcycle driveline systems (Core)
AURJTX001 Diagnose and repair motorcycle clutch systems (Core)
AURJTX002 Diagnose and repair motorcycle manual transmissions (Core)
AURJTX003 Diagnose and repair motorcycle automatic transmissions (Elective)

What are my payment options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland North has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 656 959. We're here to help.

Prices are subject to change.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


AUR30816 Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology

Job prospects

  • Motorcycle Mechanic

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  • received booking confirmed and got your Training Notice
  • checked your course cost and know which payment option is right for you (under the costs tab).
  • read the student rules and refund policy

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 24 November 2017

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