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Apprenticeship

Automotive Service Technician

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School

The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

Overview

You want to be an automotive service technician. You want to work on cars, trucks and other vehicles performing repairs, conducting preventative maintenance and diagnosing faulty operations. You’re comfortable working under the hood, adjusting and repairing mechanical systems.

But you want to learn more, like how to work on steering systems, braking systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions and electrical and air conditioning systems. Maybe you want to specialize in repairing, rebuilding and servicing specific parts, like transmissions, engines or electrical components.

At NAIT, where we’ve been training automotive service apprentices since 1963 , we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

  • NAIT provides the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP). We are the only training institute in Alberta to offer this program >> Read more

  • The Automotive Service Technician program offers a 16-week pre-employment certificate option that can be taken without needing to be an indentured apprentice

Here are a few other subjects covered in the Automotive Service Technician program at NAIT:

  • using related tools and equipment, including oxy-acetylene welding torches
  • using computerized equipment to monitor, diagnose and troubleshoot vehicle problems
  • performing wheel alignments
  • dismantling faulty assemblies and repairing/replacing worn or damaged parts
  • performing scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications and tune-ups

Training at NAIT

The Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship team is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1500 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year

Automotive service technicians train in our well-equipped and industry-standard garages on NAIT Main Campus (11762-106 St NW). Vehicles are supplied for training purposes.

You can expect to spend, on average, 3 hours a day in classrooms learning trade theory and 3 hours a day in our labs or repair shops doing hands-on training.

What to Expect

If you enjoy doing precise work that is varied and challenging and like to have a feeling of independence, then you will enjoy working as an automotive service technician.

Automotive service technicians are constantly learning on the job to adapt to industry changes and evolving automotive design trends. Employment for automotive service technicians is steady.

To be successful as an automotive service technician, you must have:

  • good hearing, eyesight and manual dexterity
  • mechanical aptitude and interest
  • the ability to lift up to 25 kgs
  • the passion to keep up to date with changing technology
  • a working knowledge of electricity, electronics and computers

Download the AIT course outline (pdf)

As an automotive service technician, you will be employed by automotive repair shops, specialty repair shops, service facilities, car and truck dealerships, and by large organizations that own fleets of vehicles.

Experienced automotive service technicians can become service managers or shop supervisors. You could also open your own repair facility.

Resources

For more information about the Automotive Service Technician program at NAIT

Email: auto@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.7688



Periods

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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

Information on admissions process

Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in safety, materials, tools (measuring and hand), steering, suspension, wheel alignment and brakes, basic electrical and basic maintenance.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in engines and manual transmission and transaxles, clutches transfer cases, drive axles, electrical-starting and charging.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in fuel, electrical, ignition and emissions systems.

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in transmissions (automatic), diesel fuel systems, hybrid, vehicle networks, workplace coaching, Red Seal standards and air conditioning.

Tuition cap: $784.00  

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $250.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $136.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $220.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $136.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $210.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $136.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $210.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $136.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Additional information

Get information on refund policies and parking on the Apprenticeship Fees and Expenses page.

Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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