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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.

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

Total Weeks: 13
Pre-Requisites: Admission into the Program
Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

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
Knowledge: Use initiative to identify tasks

Attitudes: Use time productively at all times

Skills: Select and use appropriate tools

Grading System: Percentage

Passing Grade:

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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