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School of Skilled Trades

Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician

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  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

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The Pre-employment Automotive Service Technician program is a short-term program that combines applied academic skills, employability skills and introductory trade/occupation competencies, preparing grads for entry-level positions in the automotive industry.

The program is designed for people with little or no automotive background experience. This program may be a step to securing an apprenticeship contract, if that is the goal of the student, or as basic automotive information.

Graduates of the program can challenge the first period apprenticeship exam for the Automotive Service Technician program.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

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
  • a valid driver’s license

Student Support

The School of Skilled Trades wants our first-year students to become confident in their abilities, get connected to NAIT through groups, peers and staff, be supported personally and academically, get motivated to complete their program and most importantly enjoy the learning environment here at NAIT.

If there is something you are looking for or if you need additional information, please contact us at auto@nait.ca.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

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.

Study permits and visas

International students are eligible to enroll in the Automotive Service Technician - Pre-employment (AST-PE) program, and are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWPP). Please note, however, that Alberta apprenticeship is a training program that is limited to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.

Temporary visa holders (such as those participating on the PGWPP) do not meet the eligibility requirements and are not able to register through the on-line apprenticeship registration system.

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For more information about the Automotive Service Technician program at NAIT

Email: auto@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.7688



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There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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