Apprenticeships at Patterson Cheney


Patterson Cheney Holden Apprentices

Apprenticeships

At Patterson Cheney Cars and Trucks, we love giving both young and mature people the opportunity to join our family as an apprentice. We highly value apprentice’s contribution to our business and in return we offer them a great and stable career. We do things a little differently to others in the automotive industry when it comes to apprentices, we value you and treat you with respect. We want to help you achieve your career goals and at Patterson Cheney they are endless. We promise to provide you with a safe, structured and inclusive environment as we partner together.


Nancy - School based apprentice

Career Opportunities

Gone are the days in the automotive industry when the only thing mechanics handled was oil and grease! Be a Technician, not just a mechanic! Today’s highly sophisticated automotive environment comprises skilled Technicians working with advanced machinery and computers on sophisticated motor vehicles.

Many of our Technicians have gone on to compete in State, National and even international competitions, testing their skills against the best in the industry. We are proud to say that on many occasions our Technicians have come away as winners.

One of the biggest advantages of Patterson Cheney is our strong presence in the market, with brands such as Toyota, Honda, Holden, Isuzu, Mercedes-Benz and many truck brands across all of our locations it gives a great opportunity to everyone.


Imdaad - 3rd year apprentice

So, how do you become an Apprentice?

We employ Apprentices from a variety of different avenues including School based, Tafe and directly. One is not better than the other, it just depends on the specific site’s requirements.

You can complete the Contact Us form on this page, ensuring you provide as much details and even a resume if possible.

Or you can speak to your School, Tafe or a partner like the VACC to help you become an apprentice.

Apprentice Career Pathway

Types of Apprenticeships

Light Vehicle Motor Mechanic Apprentice
Australia's modern vehicle fleet requires highly skilled Light Vehicle Motor Mechanics to maintain, service and repair vehicle mechanical and electrical components. The range of tasks undertaken by motor mechanics includes working on engines, transmissions, steering systems and much more. Today's motor mechanic needs to be highly literate and numerate and should have the capacity to be trained to use a range of electronic vehicle diagnostic software.

What employment opportunities will I have?
As a Light Vehicle Motor Mechanic you will work with an employer in the Automotive Industry, specifically with light vehicles, or eventually running your own business. Many tradespeople in this field become highly sought after specialists as they work through their career, with some moving across into electrical and heavy vehicle roles over time.

What qualification will I receive?
On successful completion of your apprenticeship you will be awarded the Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for future studies will I have?
Credit transfers may be available into related Certificate IV or Diploma courses

What qualification will I receive?
Heavy Vehicle Motor Mechanics are highly skilled tradespeople who service and repair the mechanical and electrical components of road transport vehicles and construction, mining and agricultural equipment. Careers in this trade have become increasingly popular as the heavy vehicle fleet in Australia expands and as a growing mining and resources industry requires additional Heavy Vehicle Motor Mechanics.

What qualification will I receive?
On successful completion of your apprenticeship you will be awarded the Certificate lll in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for future studies will I have?
This leads to advanced study in the automotive field at Certificate IV or Diploma level automotive courses.

What qualification will I receive?
Automotive Electricians diagnose, repair, service and test electrical systems and components in passenger vehicles, commercial heavy vehicles, mining equipment, agricultural equipment and boats. This includes battery starting, charging, ignition and vehicle safety systems that are computer network monitored and controlled. Computerised systems include powertrain and engine management together with body control management systems.

What employment opportunities will I have?
This job role may lead to work with an employer in the automotive industry or eventually running your own small business.

What qualifications will I receive?
On successful completion of your apprenticeship you will be awarded the Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology. As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?
Credit transfers may be available into related courses such as Certificate IV or Diploma courses