Automotive Service Technician

Diploma of Vocational Education

Duration: 34 Weeks

Program Description

The 9-month Automotive Service Technician Diploma is a provincially-accredited apprenticeship program that was developed by government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. The program provides students with a wide range of skills that are needed to work as a first-year apprentice, including those related to safety, engine systems, drive lines, electrical, HVAC, steering, braking systems, suspension, body components, trim, restraint systems, hybrid/alternative fuel systems and many others. Most courses are designed in such a way that students spend time divided equally between the classroom and automotive shop.

Apprenticeship Training

The Automotive Service Technician program is an apprenticeship trades program. Courses completed at Academy Canada meet the requirements to become an Entry-Level Automotive Service Technician. Once this training is completed and the graduate obtains their first position in the trade, s/he must register as an Apprentice with the Department of Education (Division of Industrial Training). Government will then cover the costs associated with regular advanced training as the apprentice gains experience and works towards completing their Journeyperson exam. Passing this examination will result in receiving Red Seal Certification.

Entry Level Courses

  • Safety in the Shop
  • Gaskets, Seals and Bearings
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Hydraulic Principles
  • Service Information Systems
  • Hand Tools
  • Shop Tools and Equipment
  • Fasteners, Tubing and Fittings
  • Lubrication and Fluids Servicing
  • Wheels and Tires
  • Suspension
  • Drive Lines
  • Engine Principles
  • Cooling Systems
  • Batteries
  • Starting Systems
  • Charging Systems
  • Lighting Systems
  • Ignition Systems
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Power Brake Systems
  • Intake and Air Filtration Systems
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Body Components and Trim
  • Pre-Delivery Inspections
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspections
  • Oxy-Fuel Welding/Cutting
  • Standard First Aid
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace Communications
  • Introduction To Apprenticeship
  • Math Essentials
  • (Trade) Math Fundamentals
  • Communication Essentials
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Computer Essentials

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Service Technician program, graduates may be eligible for employment (depending on specific hiring practices) in various sectors of the automotive service industry. Opportunities also exist for self-employment.

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Entrance Requirements

High School Graduates or Equivalent

High School Graduates or equivalent are eligible for admission to the Automotive Service Technician program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or G.E.D. results. Under certain circumstances, students who do not meet the formal High School requirements may be accepted upon the recommendation of a High School Principal or Guidance Counsellor. Please contact an Admissions Officer for further details.

Mature Students

Mature students are eligible for admission to the Automotive Service Technician program. These students must be 19 years of age or older, complete an application form, provide a copy of most recent marks, and write a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) as arranged by Academy Canada.

Supporting Documents

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For further information, please contact an Admissions Officer at 1-800-561-8000 or visit the information request page.

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Program start dates are subject to sufficient enrollment.

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