Automotive Service Technician Foundation
Are you the happiest when you are under the hood or in the shop?
Do you possess a good understanding of mechanical systems, electronic equipment and engines? Are you able to troubleshoot and diagnose mechanical issues? Automotive service technicians must be able to work independently as well as in a team setting. Duties may require you to inspect, diagnose, repair and service the various systems and components of cars, buses, motorcycles, and light and commercial transport trucks.
The 30 week Automotive Service Technician Foundation (pre-apprenticeship) program will give you the skills, knowledge and training you need to enter the automotive industry and covers all of the competencies for Level 1 of the four-level Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program. You will learn about general automotive maintenance and practices, basic electrical systems, brake systems, steering systems and suspension systems, as well as using automotive tools and equipment. The program includes classroom theory, demonstrations, and practical hands-on training in a functioning automotive shop setting.
In this program, you will learn about:
- Performing Safety-Related Functions
- Using Tools, Equipment and Documentation
- Using Communication and Mentoring Techniques
- Diagnosing and Repairing Driveline Systems
- Diagnosing and Repairing Electrical Systems and Components
- Diagnosing and Repairing Steering and Suspension, Braking, Control Systems, Tires, Wheels, Hubs and Wheel Bearings
- Diagnosing and Repairing Restraint Systems, Body Components, Accessories and Trim
- Diagnosing and Repairing Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EV)
- Diagnosing and Repairing Engine Systems
For a complete program description, including prerequisite details and technical training content about each level of training see: AST Foundation Program Outline
You will also take:
- Occupational First Aid Level 1
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
*Students must complete Occupational First Aid Level 1 within the program or have a current Occupational First Aid Level 1 certificate valid to the end of the program.
When you successfully finish the program you will receive:
- Level 1 Technical Training credit from SkilledTradesBC of the 4 Level Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program
- 450 Work-based Training hours
- Certificate of Completion Automotive Service Technician (SkilledTradesBC).
- College of the Rockies Certificate
- Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of a College of the Rockies assessment to an acceptable level.
The following education is highly recommended for student success within the program:
- Workplace MATH 10 and Apprenticeship MATH 12. Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Trades Mathematics 11, or equivalent
- Either English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENGL 090, or equivalent
- Physics 11 or Science and Technology 11
Physical and Environmental Requirements:
- Must be able to work in cramped spaces
- Considerable bending, kneeling and lifting is required
|Student Association Fee:||$69.00|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$88.80|
|Occupational First Aid Level 1 Fee:||$139.00|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$229.50|
Additional Student Costs for Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies:
- Steel-toed Leather Work Boots
- Safety Glasses
- Coveralls and flame retardant work clothes
- Required Texts
- Pens, pencils, three-ring binder
- Digital multi meter with 10 MΩ impedance
Why Choose a Career as an Automotive Service Technician?
- It’s an in demand trade!
- According to the British Columbia Labour Market Outlook: 2021 Edition there will be 6,620 job openings by 2031.
- According to Work BC, Automotive Service Techs can earn up to $38.00 per hour!
You can choose from a wide variety of job opportunities!
- Car, truck, and trailer dealerships
- Automotive Service Shops
- Organizations with fleet vehicles, like UPS or budget
- Service stations
- Transportation companies
- Vehicle manufacturing companies
- Specialty repair shops
- Visit the Canada Job Bank to search for available jobs
With experience, you can become a service manager, shop manager, or even open your own repair shop!
Automotive Service Technician Foundation Training Schedule
|*Automotive Service Technician||FDTN||September 5, 2023||April 11, 2024||30 Weeks|
|*Automotive Service Technician||FDTN||September 3, 2024||April 17, 2025||30 Weeks|
*Projected | All dates subject to change |