Automotive Service Technicians examine, test and repair the parts, components and systems on cars and light trucks, often using computerized diagnostic equipment. They reassemble and test repaired items against manufacturer standards, as well as perform preventative maintenance such as wheel alignments, oil changes and tune-ups. Automotive Service Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-Provincial Red Seal program.
If a student is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employment in industry as an Automotive Service Technician, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprenticeship.
Students receive training according to provincial Foundation Trades Training and Level 1 Apprenticeship curriculum. Successful graduates receive Level 1 technical training credit and 450 work-based hours credit towards completion of the Automotive Service Technician Level 1 Apprenticeship program.
Automotive Service Technician, Automotive Dealership Service Manager, Automotive Sales, or Automotive Business or Dealership Owner.
Location: Dawson Creek South Peace Campus
Length: 32 weeks
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 10 level that includes:
- Grade 10 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL030 (Intermediate/Grade 10) with 67 per cent (C+) or higher
- Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), or Career and College Preparation MATH030 (Intermediate/Grade 10), MATH 031(Intermediate Trades Math) or MATH 035 (Intermediate Algebraic Math) with 67 per cent (C+) or higher
Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
- Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher
Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. Interview may be conducted via teleconference if necessary.
- Completion of Grade 10 level that includes Grade 10 English; and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), with 67 per cent (C+) or higher in both
After being accepted into the program but before classes begin, students will be required to provide proof of the following certification:
• Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
* Certificate must be valid for the term of the Program. Failure to provide proof may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
- Students must provide Personal protective equipment (safety glasses, steel-toed boots, gloves, coveralls, etc.)
Students are required to sign and adhere to the Trades & Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy.
- The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority and Peace River South School District 59, School District 60 and School District 81.
- As NLC’s South Peace campus is connected to the Dawson Creek High School - South Peace campus, the Criminal Records Review Act requires that all students over the age of 19 before classes begin must complete a Schedule Type B Criminal Record Check (CRC). Costs related to the CRC will be paid by the College; please contact the NLC Admissions Officer for more information.
- The information on the page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the current Program Completion Guide ( or Program Completion Guide effective September 2017).
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Associate Dean: Robert McAleney
Program Chair: Rod Cork
Program Instructor: Rick Hall
Courses (effective Sept 2017)