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AUTO 090 - Automotive Service Technician Foundation Trades Training


The Foundation program consists of Level 1 Technical Training in addition to practical and essential skills related to the Automotive Service Technician Level 1 Apprentice program. "Automotive Service Technician" means a person who repairs, adjusts and replaces mechanical and electrical parts of automobiles and light truck in a retail automotive business. "Retail Automotive Business" means a business whose primary mechanical repair work is repairing and adjusting vehicles whose gross vehicle weight is under 5.500kg.
Curriculum is determined as per the Industry Training Authority


Total Hours: 390 (Lecture Hours: 195, Shop/Teaching Kitchen: 195)


Total Weeks: 13



Admission into the Program


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
Line A Workplace Safety
- A1 Worksafe BC Regulations
- A2 WHMIS Regulations
- A3 Safe Vehicle Operation
- A4 Safe Work Practices
Line B Employability Skills
- B1 Communication Skills
- B2 Business Practices
- B3 Employability Readiness Skills
Line C Tools and Equipment
- C1 Hand Tools
- C2 Measuring Instruments
- C3 Power Tools
- C4 Fasteners
- C5 Shop Tools and Equipment
- C6 Reference Resources
- C7 Diagnostic Equipment
Line D General Automotive Maintenance
- D1 Lubricants and Fluids
- D2 Cooling System Maintenance
- D3 Exhaust System Maintenance
- D4 Transmission Maintenance
- D5 Filters, Belts, and Hoses
- D6 Exterior Lamps
- D7 Body Trim, Hardware, and Accessories
- D8 Tires and Wheels
- D9 Bearings and Bushings
Line E General Automotive Practices
- E1 Leaks
- E2 Gaskets and Seals
- E3 Diagnostic Procedures
- E4 Fuel Delivery Systems
- E5 Internal Combustion Engine Principles
- E6 Vehicle Emissions
- E7 Welding Techniques
Line F Brakes
- F1 Tubing and Fittings
- F2 Brake Hydraulic Systems
- F3 Drum Brake Systems
- F4 Disc Brake Systems
- F5 Power Assist Systems
- F6 Anti-Lock Brake Systems
Line G Steering Systems
- G1 Steering Gears
- G2 Passenger Restraint Systems
- G3 Steering Columns
- G4 Steering Linkage
- G5 Power Steering Systems
- G6 Wheel Alignments
- G7 Four Wheel Steering Systems
Line H Suspension Systems
- H1 Spindles and Hubs
- H2 Frame Types
- H3 Suspension Systems
- H4 Electronic Suspension Systems
- H5 Spring Types
- H6 Suspension Components
- H7 Shocks and Struts
Line I Electrical/Electronic Systems
- I1 Principles of Electricity
- I2 Principles of Electronics
- I3 Wiring Harnesses
- I4 Batteries
- I5 Engine Management Systems
- I6 Ignition Systems


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Foundation Level, students will be capable of working in the Automotive Service Industry at a first year Apprentice level and completing appropriate tasks under the supervision of a Journey Person including:
- Describe Worksafe BC Regulations
- Describe WHMIS Regulations
- Demonstrate Safe Vehicle Operation
- Demonstrate Safe Work Practices
- Demonstrate Communication Skills
- Describe Business Practices
- Demonstrate Employability Readiness Skills
- Use Hand Tools
- Use Measuring Instruments
- Use Power Tools
- Use Fasteners
- Use Shop Tools and Equipment
- Use Reference Resources
- Use Diagnostic Equipment
- Select Lubricants and Fluids
- Perform Cooling System Maintenance
- Perform Exhaust System Maintenance
- Perform Transmission Maintenance
- Service Filters, Belts, and Hoses
- Replace Exterior Lamps
- Service Body Trim, Hardware, and Accessories
- Service Tires and Wheels
- Service Bearings and Bushings
- Assess Leaks
- Service Gaskets and Seals
- Describe Diagnostic Procedures
- Describe Fuel Delivery Systems
- Describe Internal Combustion Engine Principles
- Describe Vehicle Emissions
- Demonstrate Welding Techniques
- Service Tubing and Fittings
- Service Brake Hydraulic Systems
- Service Drum Brake Systems
- Service Disc Brake Systems
- Inspect Power Assist Systems
- Service Anti-Lock Brake Systems
- Service Steering Gears
- Service Passenger Restraint Systems
- Service Steering Columns
- Service Steering Linkage
- Inspect Power Steering Systems
- Perform Wheel Alignments
- Describe Four Wheel Steering Systems
- Service Spindles and Hubs
- Describe Frame Types
- Describe Suspension Systems
- Describe Electronic Suspension Systems
- Service Spring Types
- Service Suspension Components
- Service Shocks and Struts
- Describe Principles of Electricity
- Describe Principles of Electronics
- Service Wiring Harnesses
- Service Batteries
- Describe Engine Management Systems
- Describe Ignition Systems


Use initiative to identify tasks


Use time productively at all times

Select and use appropriate tools


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 70%


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Comments:

- Students will sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy.
- 14 End-of-Module Exams


- Coveralls
- Footwear having CSA approved safety-toe protection
- CSA approved safety glasses with clear lenses
- Learning modules
- Notebooks

- Calculator


Keys to Success:
- Attendance
- Class participation
- Maintaining a professional attitude
- Successful study habits
- Receiving a minimum of 70% on all practical and theoretical quizzes and tests.


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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