Automotive Service Technician

Automotive Service Technicians (AST) 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 AST 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.

Automotive Service Technician

TRU’s AST program launches you into an exciting career in this rapidly changing field. You will learn how to diagnose and solve problems on all types of vehicles, including hybrid and electric. Successful completion of this program gives you a head start into an apprenticeship. Once ‘sponsored’ as an apprentice, you will already have completed 25% of your technical training, including 450 work-based hours.

Course content

General shop practice, automotive fundamentals, engines, basic test equipment, electrical systems, running gear, clutches, transmissions, rear axles, steering systems and braking systems, applied mathematics and safety education will be covered.

Two male students working with control panel
Two male students working with machinery
Female student tuning bicycle

Applied Training

We place a strong emphasis on practical learning by engaging you in a variety of hands-on projects using state-of-the-art tools and equipment. You will develop a wide range of valuable skills necessary to be hired as a successful apprentice.

Education requirements

  • Completion of Grade 10 with Grade 10 Math and English (Grade 12 with Grade 11 Math, Physics and English recommended)
  • Acceptable score on Entry Assessment Test

General requirements

  • Good physical health
  • A passion for the mechanical trade
  • Coveralls, safety boots, safety glasses, welding gloves and welding hat
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Next program intake

Sept. 8, 2020 - March 26, 2021

Program length

27 weeks


Automotive Service Technician

Apprenticeship training dates

AUTO - Level 4 March 29, 2021 May 14, 2021 Kamloops
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Costs for AST programs

Fees are based on 2019 rates and are subject to change.

Estimated Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

Application fee $29.83
Accuplacer exam fee $37
Accuplacer rewrites $25
Parking (student parking website) $2.50 (pass) Motorcycle
$5 per day
Tuition $2,970
Student and lab fees $1035
Learning guides and/or textbooks $345
CSA work boots, clear safety glasses, 2 pair coveralls, welding gloves and welding hat $265
Calculator, 3-ring binder, paper, pens, etc. $50
Total $4,665