Programs & Courses

Automotive Service Technician

About This Program

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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:

  • use testing equipment, take the vehicle for a test drive, and/or refer to manufacturers specification's and manuals;
  • dismantle faulty assemblies, repair or replace worn or damaged parts; and
  • reassemble, adjust and test the repaired mechanism.

Automotive service technicians also may:

  • perform scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications and tune ups; and advise customers on work performed, general vehicle conditions and future repair requirements.

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:

  • good hearing, eyesight, and manual dexterity;
  • mechanical aptitude and interest;
  • the ability to use proper lifting techniques for items up to 25 kilograms
  • the ability to keep up to date with changing technology;
  • a working knowledge of electricity, electronics, and computers.

The above information was copied from the tradesecrets website.  For complete information on being an Automotive Service Technician check the website at http:// 

Tuition and Fees

2016/2017 Tuition and Fees

   4 week
(4 credits)
8 week
(10.5 credits) 
12 week
(18 credits) 
 Tuition $392.00 $784.00 $1,176.00
 Consumables Fee $67.00 $67.00 $67.00
 Students' Association $23.60 $61.95 $106.20
 Total Costs $482.60 $912.95 $1,349.20

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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