If you love working on vehicles, the Automotive Service Technician program could be the route for you. We can provide you with more hands-on, realistic work than what you would find in other institutions, making lab assignments more enjoyable and interesting. The following trade information is drawn from www.tradesecrets.alberta.ca. For more information about the Apprenticeship program click here.
The term of apprenticeship for an automotive service technician is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
Automotive Service Technicians perform preventative maintenance, diagnose faulty operations, and conduct repairs to automotive vehicles and light trucks.
Automotive service technicians adjust, test and repair engines, transmissions, steering systems, brake systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions, electrical systems and air conditioning systems, and do wheel alignments. In large shops, they sometimes specialize in repairing, rebuilding and servicing specific parts (e.g., transmissions, engines, electrical components). In smaller shops, automotive service technicians may work on a wider variety of repair jobs.
Automotive service technicians begin by reading the work order and examining the vehicle. To locate the cause of faulty operation and repair it, they:
Automotive service technicians also may:
Most automotive service technicians generally work a 40-hour, five-day week. The work is sometimes noisy and dirty.
There is some risk of injury involved in working with power tools and near exhaust gases.
The work is most rewarding for those who enjoy doing precise work that is varied and challenging. Also, they usually like on-line job security and a feeling of independence.
To be successful in the trade, automotive service technicians need:
The above information was copied from the tradesecrets website. For complete information on being an Automotive Service Technician check the website at http://http://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/
2016/2017 Tuition and Fees
Tuition fees are applicable as per provincial government policy. Books and supplies vary with each trade and cost between $450-$750 per training period. A consumable materials fee is applicable to all apprenticeship students.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. The balance of tuition is due two weeks prior to the first day of classes. Unpaid tuition will result in an automatic withdrawal from class and you seat will be offered to the next person on the waitlist. No refunds will be issues after the third day of classes.
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