Automotive Service Technician

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If you enjoy working on cars and pick-up trucks and are not afraid of technology, then a career in the automotive service industry may be for you!

To work as an automotive service technician, you should:

  • Enjoy working with motors
  • Have the ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Love solving mechanical or electronic problems

Automotive Service Technicians inspect, diagnose, repair and service systems  in cars, buses, motorcycles, and light and commercial transport trucks and need to keep pace with the fast changing world of automotive technology.

To become an Automotive Service Technician there are two ways to start.

Automotive Service Technician Pathways

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Foundation Program

  • 30-week full-time program
  • You do not need an employer to take the Automotive Service Technician Foundation program!  In fact, the main reason to take the Foundation program is to gain experience and knowledge about the automotive trade to make it easier for you to find a job in this field and an employer to sponsor you for the remaining three levels of your apprenticeship. 

If you are a high school student, contact the counseling office at your high school for information on how to become a Youth Train in Trades student and get a jump-start on your trades training while you complete your high school diploma. Learn more about the Youth Train in Trades program.

Automotive Service Technician Foundation Training Schedule

*Automotive Service TechnicianFDTNSeptember 3, 2024April 17, 202530 Weeks
*Automotive Service TechnicianFDTNSeptember 2, 2025Apr 16, 202630 Weeks

 *Projected | All dates subject to change |

Apprenticeship Program

To begin an apprenticeship to become an automotive service technician, you must:

  • Have an employer sponsor
  • Register with SkilledTradesBC.
  • Complete your apprenticeship training

College of the Rockies offers all four levels of Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship technical training.

Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship Training Schedule

*Automotive Service Technician2April 22, 2025June 6, 20257 Weeks
*Automotive Service Technician3January 5, 2026February 20, 20267 Weeks
*Automotive Service Technician4January 6, 2025February 21, 20257 Weeks

 *Projected | All dates subject to change |