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Automotive Service Technician - Year 1 - Apprenticeship (2017/18)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$805.28
Tuition: $684.18
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:16.10
Toolbox Fee:75.00
Total Fees:$121.10

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

This comprehensive program is designed to instruct students to the first year level of Automotive Apprenticeship program. The program is taught through regular lectures, demonstrations and practice of current automotive service techniques. Students are given extensive practical training in a functioning automotive shop setting. Emphasis is placed on the development of solid practical mechanical knowledge for preparation for the automotive industry.

The program curriculum reflects today's technology and is relevant to the needs of industry. This seven week Training program follows Year One of the British Columbia Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship curriculum.

Students work on a variety of practical projects. In addition students are provided access to a variety of learning supports to assist them in the development of computer, math, writing and communication skills.


Admission Requirements

  • Sponsored Automotive Service Technician that has successfully completed the pre-requisite number of hours of work experience, OR
  • Journeyperson Automotive Service Technician (for skills upgrading).

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes (Credit can be awarded for this program through FA)

Prior Learning Credit: Student may apply for prior learning credit with the ITA (Industry Training Authority), please visit www.itabc.ca

Apply: Apprenticeship application form


Start Dates:

Visit our Trades Training Schedule for program start dates


Program Competencies:

At the successful completion of this program, you should have completed the compulsory blocks for Year 1 of the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship. You should have improved your ability to test and service the following systems::

  • test and service tires and wheels
  • test and service non friction bearings
  • test and service spindles and hubs
  • test and service wiring systems
  • test and service 12 volt batteries
  • test and service brake tubing and fittings
  • test and service brake hydraulic systems
  • test and service drum brake systems
  • test and service disc brake systems
  • test and service anti-lock brake systems
  • test and service steering gears
  • test and service steering linkage
  • test and service power steering systems
  • test and service suspension systems
  • mechanical theory and practical skills
  • communication and interpersonal skills related to the workplace
  • specific skills and training necessary to work safely and effectively in the Automotive Industry
  • computer skills

Technical Training Content:

AMST 101 – Workplace Safety

  • Describe WorkSafe BC Regulations
  • Describe WHMIS Regulations
  • Demonstrate Safe Vehicle Operation
  • Demonstrate Safe Work Practices

AMST 102 – Employability Skills

  • Describe Business Practices
  • Demonstrate Communication Skills

AMST 103 – Tools and Equipment

  • Use Hand Tools
  • Use Measuring Instruments
  • Use Power Tools
  • Use Fasteners
  • Use Shop Tools and Equipment
  • Use Reference Resources

AMST 104 – General Automotive Maintenance

  • Select Lubricants and Fluids
  • Describe Belts and Hoses
  • Describe Exterior Lamps
  • Describe Body Trim and Hardware
  • Service Tires and Wheels
  • Service Non Friction Bearings
  • Service Spindles and Hubs

AMST 105 – General Automotive Practices

  • Describe Diagnostic Procedures
  • Demonstrate Welding Safety

AMST 106 – Electrical Systems

  • Describe Principles of Electricity
  • Use Electrical Test Equipment
  • Describe Principles of Electronics
  • Service Wiring Systems
  • Service 12 Volt Batteries
  • Use Scan Tools

AMST 107 – Brake Systems

  • Service Brake Tubing and Fittings
  • Service Brake Hydraulic Systems
  • Service Drum Brake Systems
  • Service Disc Brake Systems
  • Inspect Power Assist Systems
  • Service Anti-Lock Brake Systems

AMST 108 – Steering Systems

  • Service Steering Gears
  • Disarm and Rearm Passenger Restraint Systems
  • Inspect Steering Columns
  • Service Steering Linkage
  • Service Power Steering Systems
  • Perform Wheel Alignment

AMST 109 – Suspension Systems

  • Describe Frame Types
  • Describe Suspension Geometry
  • Describe Suspension Components
  • Service Suspension Systems
  • Describe Electronic Suspension Systems

Essential Skills Developed in this Program:

Students can expect to develop the following skills in this program:

Computer Skills

  • Access COTR's online learning resources

Skills for Busy Students

  • Manage study time effectively
  • Set educational priorities and goals
  • Recognize personal learning style
  • Use effective note-taking strategies
  • Develop problem-solving and memory skills
  • Practice strategies to succeed at exams and tests
  • Use support systems and College resources

Research Skills

  • Use the internet to locate information and evaluate information

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