Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship

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Skilled Trades

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The Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship at Confederation College offers a dynamic and comprehensive learning experience for individuals aspiring to become skilled professionals in the automotive service industry. This program is meticulously designed to equip apprentices with a profound understanding and hands-on expertise in a wide range of automotive systems and practices. Participants in this program will delve into various critical areas, ensuring a well-rounded skill set upon completion.

Key Training Areas:

  1. Work Practices: Apprentices learn essential workplace skills, focusing on safety, efficiency, and the effective use of tools and equipment in an automotive service environment.

  2. Engine Systems: The program offers in-depth training on engine mechanics, including diagnostics, repair, and maintenance of different types of engines.

  3. Electrical, Electronic, Emissions, and Fuels: Apprentices receive training on the complex electrical and electronic systems of vehicles, understanding emissions control and fuel systems.

  4. Drive Train Systems and Suspensions: This area covers the components and functioning of drive train systems, including transmissions, and provides knowledge about vehicle suspension systems.

  5. Steering and Brake Systems: The program ensures apprentices are adept in maintaining and repairing steering and brake systems, crucial for vehicle safety and performance.

  6. Air Conditioning Systems: Training includes the repair and maintenance of air conditioning systems, providing comfort and enhancing air quality inside vehicles.

The apprenticeship program not only focuses on technical skills but also emphasizes the development of problem-solving abilities, customer service skills, and an understanding of the latest automotive technologies. This program is ideal for individuals passionate about cars and technology, seeking a career in a dynamic and ever-evolving industry.

Upon completion, apprentices will have a strong foundation in automotive service, preparing them for various roles in the automotive sector. The program also aligns with industry standards and requirements, ensuring graduates are ready to meet the demands of the workforce.


Program Fees

This program is designed for vehicle maintenance and repair enthusiasts. The Level 1 fee is $400.00, including a $75 workbook/print materials fee.

Note that fees are subject to change and should be confirmed.


An Automotive Service Technician Apprentice is generally trained in areas such as:

  • Work practices
  • Engine systems
  • Electrical, electronic, emissions, and fuels
  • Drive train systems and suspensions
  • Steering and Brake systems
  • Air Conditioning systems


Employment Opportunities

The Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program at Confederation College opens the door to a wealth of employment opportunities in the diverse and dynamic field of automotive services. Graduates of this program are equipped with the skills and knowledge to excel in various roles within the industry. Below are some of the key employment prospects for graduates:

  1. Automotive Service Technician: Work in repair shops, automotive dealerships, or maintenance departments, handling tasks ranging from routine maintenance to complex repairs.

  2. Specialized Repair Technician: Focus on specific vehicle systems such as brakes, transmissions, or air conditioning, providing expert service and repair.

  3. Service Advisor: Serve as a liaison between customers and service technicians, assisting with scheduling, service recommendations, and explaining automotive repairs to customers.

  4. Parts Specialist: Work in parts departments or retail stores, managing inventory, advising on parts selection, and assisting with parts ordering and distribution.

  5. Automotive Diagnostic Technician: Specialize in identifying issues using diagnostic equipment and software, a crucial role given the increasing complexity of modern vehicle systems.

  6. Fleet Maintenance Technician: Maintain and repair fleet vehicles for businesses or government agencies, ensuring reliability and efficiency of the fleet.

  7. Automotive Customization Specialist: Work in customization shops, applying skills to modify vehicles for performance, aesthetics, or specific customer needs.

  8. Roadside Assistance Technician: Provide on-the-spot repairs or towing services for vehicles stranded due to mechanical failure or accidents.

  9. Automotive Instructor: Teach at vocational schools or community colleges, sharing knowledge and experience with the next generation of automotive technicians.

  10. Self-Employment: Start a private business in automotive repair or maintenance, offering services directly to consumers or businesses.

The program's strong emphasis on current technology and industry trends prepares graduates to adapt to advancements in automotive systems and repair techniques. With the automotive industry continually evolving, there is a consistent demand for skilled technicians who can work with both traditional and emerging automotive technologies.

Graduates may also have the opportunity to obtain certifications such as the Red Seal endorsement, further enhancing their employability and mobility across regions. The diverse range of roles ensures that graduates can find a niche that suits their skills and interests, whether it's hands-on repair work, customer interaction, or technical diagnostics.

Note: Employment opportunities may vary based on geographic location, economic conditions, and changes within the automotive industry.

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Phillip Bailey

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