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Automotive Service Technician - Foundation (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$3,773.50
Tuition: $2,990.70
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:69.00
Bus Pass Fee:88.80
PVHE-100 Fee:120.00
Toolbox Fee:250.00
Health and Dental Fee:225.00
Total Fees:$782.80

*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 30 week Automotive Service Technician Foundation (pre-apprenticeship) program provides students with the skills, knowledge and training necessary to enter the automotive industry and covers the program competencies for Level 1 of the four year Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical mechanical knowledge for preparation in the automotive industry. Content covered includes 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 is taught through regular lectures and demonstrations, and students are given extensive practical training in a functioning automotive shop setting. Safe work habits are emphasized, reinforced and practiced throughout the program.  

Program Information:

 Upon successful completion of the 30 week Automotive Service Technician Foundation program, students receive:

  • Level 1 Technical Training credit from Industry Training Authority of the 4 Level Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program
  • 450 Work-based Training hours
  • Certificate of Completion Automotive Service Technician (Industry Training Authority)
  • College of the Rockies Certificate;

Admission Requirements

Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of a College of the Rockies assessment to an acceptable level.

Recommended prerequisites:
The following education is highly recommended for student success within the program:

  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Trades Mathematics 11, or equivalent
  • English 12
  • Physics 11 or Science and Technology 11

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

Start Dates:

Visit our Trades Training Schedule for program start dates

Technical Training Content:

AMST 101 Perform Safety-Related Functions

  • Maintain safe work environment
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety equipment

AMST 102 Use Tools, Equipment and Documentation

  • Use tools and equipment
  • Use fasteners, tubing, hoses and fittings
  • Use hoisting and lifting equipment
  • Use technical information

AMST 103 Use Communication and Mentoring Techniques

  • Use communication techniques

AMST 104 Diagnose and Repair Driveline Systems

  • Diagnose and repair drive shafts and axles

AMST 105 Diagnose and Repair Electrical Systems and Components

  • Diagnose and repair basic wiring and electrical systems
  • Diagnose and repair starting and charging systems and batteries

AMST 106 Diagnose and Repair Steering and Suspension, Braking, Control Systems, Tires, Wheels, Hubs and Wheel Bearings

  • Diagnose and repair steering and control systems
  • Diagnose and repair suspension and control systems
  • Diagnose and repair braking and control systems
  • Diagnose and repair tires, wheels, hubs and wheel bearings

AMST 107 Diagnose and Repair Restraint Systems, Body Components, Accessories and Trim

  • Diagnose and repair wind noises, rattles and water leaks
  • Diagnose and repair interior and exterior components, accessories and trim
  • Diagnose and repair latches, locks and movable glass

AMST 108 Diagnose and Repair Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EV)

  • Implement specific safety protocols for hybrid and electric vehicles (EV)

AMST 109 Diagnose and Repair Engine Systems

  • Test and service lubrication and cooling systems
  • Describe internal combustion engine principles
  • Assess leaks


Upon the successful completion of this program, students will be able to

  • apply safe work practices including WorkSafeBC, Occupational Health and Safety, Personal Protection Equipment, fire safety procedures and WHMIS;
  • effectively and safely use hand tools, measuring tools, power tools, shop equipment;
  • describe and demonstrate welding procedures including oxyacetylene components and procedures, gas metal arc welding components, methods and procedures;
  • describe and use fasteners, tubings, fittings, drive belts;
  • describe and use hoisting and lifting equipment safely;
  • describe and use technical information;
  • diagnose and repair drive shafts, basic wiring and electrical systems, starting and charging systems and batteries;
  • diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems, braking, control systems, tires, wheels, hubs and wheel bearings;
  • diagnose and repair restraint systems, body components, accessories and trim; and
  • diagnose and repair hybrid electric vehicles.

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