Automotive Service Technician

As an automotive service technician, you’ll utilize a full range of knowledge and abilities to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose problems and repair vehicle systems on cars and light trucks.

Foundation

Learn the skills you need to become an apprentice mechanic, even if you don’t have any experience.

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What you’ll learn:

  1. General shop practice and automotive fundamentals, and how to operate basic test equipment.
  2. Gain familiarity working with engines, electrical systems, running gear, clutches, transmissions, rear axles, steering systems and braking systems.
  3. Applied mathematics and safety education.
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Two male students working with machinery
Female student tuning bicycle

What makes our program unique:

  • Learn from an instructor with over 40 years of experience in the trade, who is still active repairing vehicles, and building hot rods and customs.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own vehicles to work on when relevant topics are covered in classes.
  • Tools are supplied.

What you’ll graduate with:

  • Automotive Service Technician Foundation Certificate of Completion
  • The in-school technical training required for Level 1 Apprenticeship
  • 450 hours of work-based training towards your Apprenticeship training

Program requirements:

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Up to date tetanus vaccination is recommended
  • Successful score on ACCUPLACER

Stats:

  • 85% of graduates from this program are in labour force
  • 90% of graduates from this program satisfied with training
  • 100% quality of instruction rated by program graduates

Instructors:

John Wrigley
John Wrigley

Automotive has always been John’s passion. He became an Automotive Journeyperson in 1981 and started his teaching career in 2007. He has raced stock cars, rebuilt cars and is still building rods and customs, and finds joy working on cars and sharing his knowledge with others.

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Location

Kamloops

Next program intake

Kamloops September 6, 2022 to March 24, 2023

Program length

27 weeks

Contact
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Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship provides automotive service technician certification through work-based training and in-school technical training. Employers sponsor students for the work-based training and TRU offers the in-school technical training for levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of your apprenticeship. Each level consists of seven weeks of on-campus training. Once you’ve completed all four levels and the required work-based hours, you’ll receive an Automotive Service Technician Certificate of Apprenticeship and qualify to write the interprovincial Red Seal exam for your Certificate of Qualification.

Program requirements:

  • Sponsored by an employer registered by the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Must be in good physical health

Apprenticeship training dates

All apprenticeships have a waitlist. Adding your name is free and you will be contacted when your name comes up.

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Automotive Service Technician (Harmonized) - Level 2March 28, 2022May 13, 2022Kamloops
Automotive Service Technician (Harmonized) - Level 1May 16, 2022July 1, 2022Kamloops
Automotive Service Technician (Harmonized) - Level 3March 27, 2023May 12, 2023Kamloops
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Contact

apprenticeship@tru.ca

Costs for AST programs

Fees are subject to change.

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