Frequently asked questions
Have a question about MTA? Find the answer listed here, or contact us directly for more information.
Does MTA have on-campus accommodation?
Yes, most of MTA’s first-year students choose to live in on-campus accommodation at Wodonga TAFE's main campus in Wodonga. MTA is a department of Wodonga TAFE which, with La Trobe University, maintains on-campus accommodation for students. For more information and contact details, visit the Accommodation page on Wodonga TAFE's website at www.wodongatafe.edu.au/accommodation
How much of the course is theory and how much is practical?
The first year of the course is about 90% practical. There is some mathematics and other theory which make up the foundation for practical activities.
How many hours per week of course attendance are required?
This is an intense program of study. The course is a five day per week full-time program. Please note that the motorsports industry, like every other sporting industry, involves work on weekends. MTA students will be expected to attend at least two weekend motorsport events each year.
Does the course include practical placements?
Yes, MTA has a wide range of industry contacts with race teams who are looking for the next generation of technicians. MTA students are offered placements with these teams which again involves attendance at weekend motorsports events.
How long is the course?
The course is a two year program starting each year around the Australia Day weekend in late January, and finishing in late November. Not all students continue with the second year of study, and some students leave the course early to take up employment with race teams.
What are the class sizes?
Classes have a maximum of 15 students.
How many students does MTA take each year?
Generally MTA has an intake of two 15-student classes into the first year of the program.
Can I get advanced standing for automotive and motorsports work or study I’ve already done?
Yes, recognition of prior learning is applied on a case-by-case basis.
Can I get part-time employment in the Albury Wodonga area while I study?
Albury Wodonga is one of the largest inland population centres in Australia with over 90,000 people living in this region. While part-time employment is not guaranteed, many of our students do have part-time jobs after hours.
What are my employment prospects in the motorsports field?
Employment in motorsports teams is highly sought-after and competition for places is intense. Teams often use MTA’s work placement program to trial potential employees as they are looking for high-calibre individuals.
Where can this course take me?
The core purpose of this program is to provide students with the skills and abilities to take up positions as technicians in Motorsports teams (for example, race vehicle mechanic, data technician, race engineer, fabricator, machinist, sub-assembly technician, etc). Additionally, students completing the two-year course graduate with the knowledge required to enter the mainstream automotive industry. Some students continue their studies on into the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Engineering which then leads into the second year of a Bachelor of Engineering with our partner universities. For more information on the diploma to degree program at Wodonga TAFE, visit www.wodongatafe.edu.au/careerdirect
Is the MTA program available online?
No, a significant portion of MTA’s program is practical and includes race track experience. It is not practical to deliver the majority of aspects of the program online.
Is the program at MTA available to international students?
No, international students are not able to apply for MTA programs, as we are not registered with CRICOS.
Does the course involve driving race cars?
No, MTA’s program is designed to produce the industry's next generation of technicians. However, aspects of the course do involve students driving MTA’s karts at the local track. MTA is working to include an optional race driving element into the course over the next two years.
Why Albury Wodonga?
Albury Wodonga is a large regional centre in close proximity to Australia’s only regional V8 Supercar team. MTA is located between Sydney and Melbourne - one hour’s drive from Winton Raceway and within a day’s driving distance of Sandown, Philip Island, Calder, Eastern Creek and Bathurst.