Automotive Service Technician (Entry)

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Duration: 34 weeks. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Construction, Trades and Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The 9-month Automotive Service Technician (Entry) 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.

Program Courses

  • Accessory Drive Systems
  • Batteries
  • Body Components, Accessories, and Trim
  • Braking Systems I (Non-ABS)
  • Charging Systems
  • Communication Essentials
  • Computer Essentials
  • Cooling Systems
  • Drive Shafts and Axle Shafts
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Engine Principles (Gasoline and Diesel)
  • Fasteners, Tubing and Fittings
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW [MIG])
  • Gaskets, Seals and Bearings
  • Hand Tools
  • Hybrid Systems I
  • Ignition Systems
  • Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • Lubrication and Fluids Servicing
  • Math Essentials
  • Mechanical Math Fundamentals
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Oxy-Fuel Welding/Cutting
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspections (PMI)
  • Safety in the Shop
  • Service Information Systems and Trade Related Documents
  • Shop Tools and Equipment
  • Standard First Aid
  • Starting Systems
  • Steering Systems
  • Suspension I
  • Tires, Wheels and Hubs
  • Workplace Essentials

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Service Technician (Entry) 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.  A small sample of Academy Canada’s excellent employers include:

  • Hickman Motors
  • Penney Mazada
  • Dodge City
  • Midas Muffler
  • Cabot Ford
  • Canadian Tire
  • City Tire
  • McKinley Motors
  • Affordable Towing
  • Meineke Car Care Center
  • Tom Woodford Ltd.
  • Constantine Cylinder Head Service
  • Freshwater Suzuki

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