ASTF 101 - Automotive Service Technician Foundation

Students who enroll in this program will examine, test and repair the parts and systems on cars and light trucks. They often use computerized diagnostic equipment to test, adjust and repair key vehicle components such as engines, steering systems, braking systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions and electrical systems. The work of an Automotive Service Technician also involves reassembling and testing repaired items against manufacturers' standards, as well as performing preventative maintenance such as wheel alignments, oil changes and tune-ups. The Automotive Service Technician Foundation Program consists of both Foundation and Level 1 Technical training. Students receive credit for Level 1 technical training and 450 work based training hours.


Hours: 910 (Lecture Hours: 330; Shop/Teaching Kitchen: 580)


Prerequisites: None


Non-Course Prerequisites:
Admission to Automotive Service Technician program.




Course Content:
Workplace Safety:
-Describe WCB Regulations
-Describe WHMIS Regulations
-Demonstrate Safe Vehicle Operation
-Demonstrate Safe Work Practices
Employability Skills:
-Demonstrate Communication Skills
-Describe Business Practices
Tools and Equipment:
-Use Hand Tools
-Use Measuring Instruments
-Use Power Tools
-Use Fasteners
-Use Shop Tools and Equipment
-Use Reference Resources
-Use Diagnostic Equipment
General Automotive Maintenance:
-Select Lubricants and Fluids
-Perform Cooling System Maintenance
-Perform Exhaust System Maintenance
-Perform Transmission Maintenance
-Replace Exterior Lamps
-Service Filters, Belts and Hoses
-Service Body Trim, Hardware and Accessories
-Service Tires and Wheels
-Service Spindles and Hubs
General Automotive Practices:
-Assess Leaks
-Services Gaskets and Seals
-Describe Diagnostic Procedures
-Describe Fuel Delivery Systems
-Describe Internal Combustion Engine Principles
-Describe Vehicle Emissions
-Demonstrate Welding Techniques
Brake Systems:
-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
Steering Systems:
-Service Steering Gears
-Service Passenger Restraint Systems
-Service Steering Columns
-Service Steering Linkage
-Service Power Steering Systems
-Perform Wheel Alignments
-Describe Found Wheel Steering Systems
Suspension Systems:
-Service Bearings and Bushings
-Describe Frame Types
-Describe Suspension Systems
-Describe Electronic Suspension Systems
-Service Spring Types
-Service Suspension Components
-Service Shocks and Structs
Basic Electrical Systems:
-Describe Principles of Electricity
-Describe Principles of Electronics
-Service Wiring Harnesses
-Service Batteries
-Describe Engine Management System
-Describe Ignition Systems


Learning Outcomes:
This course follows the prescribed ITA Provincial curriculum for Foundation Automotive Service Technician. This document can be found in its most current form at:


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 70%


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