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Automotive Service Technician

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Program Overview

If you enjoy working on cars and trucks, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Automotive Service Technician program can fast-track you into a career. In less than a year, you could be working as a technician in an automotive shop, car and truck dealership, specialty shop, service station or transportation company.

You’ll need good problem-solving skills, mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity. At the end of the program, you’ll have transferable skills you can apply to other trades, including agricultural machinery technician, heavy duty equipment technician, truck and transport mechanic.

Automotive Service Technician is a one-year certificate program offered in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon. You’ll learn how to diagnose, repair, service and maintain advanced mechanical and electrical systems in today’s vehicles. Get practical, hands-on training in:

  • body and trim
  • brakes and chassis
  • charging, ignition and starting systems
  • clutches and drive lines
  • electronics and electrical systems
  • engine repair and rebuilding
  • fuel and emission systems
  • general shop procedures

Learn in Well-Equipped Shops

Learn from highly trained instructors in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped automotive shops. You’ll work on real vehicles donated by local dealers and other sources. You’ll use industry-leading diagnostic and servicing equipment, including tools unique to specific manufacturers. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the kind of practical, hands-on training and experience you will need.

A Head Start on Apprenticeship

Increase your earning potential by becoming an apprentice and working toward journeyperson certification. It’s an “earn while you learn” approach to building your career. Learn more at Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, look for jobs as an apprentice technician in an automotive shop or service station, in the service or warranty department of vehicle dealerships, in engine machine shops and engine building plants. You could work for a public transit agency, a transportation company or a large company that maintains a fleet of vehicles.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Automotive Service TechnicianAutomotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers (7321)$31,200 - $72,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length:

36 weeks


Locations

  • Moose Jaw
  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • Applicants should be physically mobile, capable of moderate lifting and have good manual dexterity.
  • A valid driver's license is a requirement in order to operate and road test motor vehicles.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 65 Arithmetic
  • 70 Reading
  • 65 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,600

International Students

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Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
ATMC 120
Body and Trim
2
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You will learn how to adjust doors, lids, moveable glass and headlights. You will develop skills in diagnosing and repairing leaks and noises.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ATMC 121
Occupant Safety Systems
2
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You will learn the operation, diagnosis and repair of active and passive restraint systems used in today's vehicles.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
BRAK 120
Brake Systems
8
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You will develop skills in diagnosing and repairing brake systems.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COMM 127
Industry Communications
2
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You will practice fundamental employability skills related to oral and written communications. You will also practice employability skills related to working effectively with others. You will learn personal employability skills and the effect of attitudes and behaviours on successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
DRTR 120
Drivelines and Powertrain
4
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You will learn how to diagnose and repair drivelines and axles.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
ELEC 124
Automotive Electronics
9
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You will learn how to diagnose and repair batteries, wiring circuits and electrical components.
Credit Units: 9
Course Hours: 140.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELEC 125
Charging Systems
2
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You will develop skills in diagnosing and repairing charging systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELEC 126
Starting Systems
2
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You will develop skills in diagnosing and repairing starting systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELEC 127
Ignition Systems
5
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You will develop skills in diagnosing, repairing and replacing ignition components.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 72.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ENGN 120
Engines
6
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You will develop skills in engine disassembly, component evaluations, measurement and reassembly procedures.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ENGN 121
Engine Repair
6
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You will learn how to diagnose and repair automotive engines.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 88.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
FUEL 120
Fuel Systems
6
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You will learn how to diagnose and repair fuel systems.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MATH 119
Mathematics
2
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You will develop the background knowledge in basic mathematics, while focusing on applications within the mechanical trades.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATH 187
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Online - Individual
SHOP 121
General Shop Procedures
6
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You will focus on safe work practices and housekeeping. You will learn how to use shop/hand/power tools, measuring tools, fasteners, fittings, manuals and resources. You will also become familiar with road testing and pre-delivery procedures.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
TRNM 120
Transmission and Clutches
6
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You will develop skills related to automatic and manual transmission maintenance, removal and replacement. You will also learn how to diagnose and repair clutches.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
VEHC 120
Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
1
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You will identify and perform periodic vehicle maintenance following recommended maintenance schedules for vehicle fluids, steering, suspension, brake and exhaust systems, lights, tires, wipers/washers and leaks.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WELD 110
Welding
2
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You will study the safe set up and operation of oxy-acetylene cutting and Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC) processes on various gauges and types of materials. You will also study safe set up and operation of the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes on various gauges of metal used in the industry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Note: Classroom time will include demonstrations and shop work. 

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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