Automotive Service Technician (Apprenticeship)
- Ontario College Certificate
- Program Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Academic Year:
- 2018 / 2019
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramThis 720-hour program which consists of a 240-hour level 1, a 240-hour level 2, and a 240-hour level 3, is designed to provide the apprentice with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of automotive repair, as well as practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training experience. See Apprenticeship - General Information.
Program InformationLength: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).
- Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email Kitchener.Apprenticeship@ontario.ca.
- Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, MTCU requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on the job.
- Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed.
What is Apprenticeship?Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.
Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.
Becoming a Journeyperson
On-the-Job ExperienceOnce you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.
In-School TrainingConestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.
Tuition & FeesFees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
Books and parking fees are additional.
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.
Graduate OpportunitiesAutomotive service technicians perform preventative maintenance, diagnose problems, and repair the systems of cars and light trucks.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Exemption TestingApprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of recommended trade work practices; construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of tools and equipment; setup and safety for oxy-acetylene cutting and heating. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of a personal computer.
Description: In the theory portion of the course, students are introduced to the construction and operating principles of cylinder blocks, crankshafts and related components. In addition, they will study engine failures and how to analyze these issues. Students then move into the shop and have the opportunity to practice and develop skills related to the disassembly, inspection and testing of these engine-related components.
|AUTO1030||Electrical/Electronic and Emissions Systems
Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of electrical system circuits and components, light and heavy duty lead acid batteries, gasoline fuel systems, intake and exhaust systems and emission control systems; demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the design, layout and interpretation of electrical system wiring diagrams.
|AUTO1040||Drive Train Systems
Description: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of power train clutch assemblies, manual transmissions, and manual transaxle assembles.
|AUTO1050||Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems
Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of suspension systems, and hydraulic brake systems, as well as tires and rims.
|AUTO2010||Air Conditioning Systems
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of major air conditioning systems heating and ventilation systems.
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the purpose, construction and principles for cylinder head, valve train and forced induction assembly components.
|AUTO2030||Electrical/Electronic and Emission Systems
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of electrical definitions and fundamentals of applied test equipment; the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of the following: major cranking systems and control circuits; charging systems and control circuits; electronic ignition systems and controls; fuel characteristics; gasoline electronic fuel injection systems; and engine management/engine control systems.
|AUTO2040||Drive Train Systems
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principals, testing and servicing of FWD and RWD drivelines, final drive assemblies, lock-up torque converters and automatic transmissions.
|AUTO2050||Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of suspension systems, manual and power steering systems, brake systems and the purpose and application of alignment angles and measurements.
|AUTO3010||Electronic Climate Control Systems
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of automatic climate control comfort systems, and body and trim.
|AUTO3020||Drive Train Systems
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of lockup torque converters, sensors and controls, and rear and front wheel drive automatic transmissions, and all wheel drive systems.
|AUTO3030||Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of vehicle alignment, and anti-lock and power assist systems; and a working knowledge of vehicle driveability problems and suspension, steering and brake electronic monitoring devices.
|AUTO3040||Electrical/Electronic and Emission Systems
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of the following: vehicle wiring, lighting, power accessory and instrumentation systems; supplemental inflatable restraint systems; major electronic distributorless ignition systems; major gasoline electronic fuel injection systems; major engine management emission control systems; and demonstrate knowledge of the introductory information and fundamentals of original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) vehicle optional security and convenience systems, diesel electrical fuel injection systems.
Description: In the theory portion of the course, students are introduced to the fundamentals, construction and operating principles of engine cooling and lubrication systems, and accessory drive belts and pulleys. Students then move into the shop and have the opportunity to practice and develop skills related to diagnosis and testing of these engine-related components. In addition, students will conduct both component failure analysis and start up procedures while in the shop environment.
- Apply appropriate trade practices, using and maintaining motor vehicle shop tools and equipment safely. Employ correct fastening and sealing techniques.
- Describe fluid power and hydraulics.
- Use basic welding techniques.
- Employ correct handling procedures for ozone depletion prevention.
- Repair and operate air conditioning systems.
- Perform applied business practices.
- Describe/service suspension, steering and brake systems.
- Describe/service clutch assemblies, manual and automatic transmissions, drive lines and transaxles, differentials and axle assemblies.
- Describe/service torque converters, sensors and controls.
- Define engine terms and measurements, diagnose failures in internal combustion engine assemblies, describe/service cylinder head and valve train assemblies and components and perform engine re-conditioning procedures.
- Describe/service lubrication and cooling systems.
- Describe/service intake and exhaust systems, turbochargers, superchargers and their controls.
- Describe electrical/electronic system fundamentals and applied test equipment.
- Describe/service lead acid batteries.
- Describe/service cranking systems, charging systems and control circuits; maintain wiring, lighting, power accessory and instrumentation systems.
- Describe/service electronic distributor ignition systems and distributor less systems.
- Describe/service electronic fuel injection systems, emission control systems and ignition systems.
- Describe/service diesel fuel systems and describe fuel characteristics.
- Describe/service supplemental inflatable restraint systems.
- Describe/service vehicle optional security and convenience systems.
Apprenticeship RegistrationApprenticeship registration occurs after an employer is found. To register as an apprentice you or your employer may call the local Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email to Kitchener.email@example.com to request registration and have an agreement prepared. Once you have registered as an apprentice and have received your offer of classroom training, you will be required to confirm your seat with Conestoga College and pay the appropriate classroom fee. Apprentices are enrolled to class on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades www.collegeoftrades.ca. Information about apprenticeship registration can also be found on the Ministry website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training. Another helpful website is www.apprenticesearch.com.
For more information on apprenticeship, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656 or the local Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.
The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.