North Island College follows the provincial Automotive Service Technician (AST) training program. Curriculum concentrates on areas that have been identified by the BC automotive industry and the national Red Seal standard as being most important for new employees entering the trade.
You will train in a shop similar to that found in a normal work environment in order to develop the necessary skills to succeed. Special emphasis is placed on brake system servicing; steering, suspension service and wheel alignment; scheduled vehicle service; vehicle electrical and electronic systems; safety; and troubleshooting techniques.
On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to write the Certificate of Qualification exams for Automotive Service Technician I. Upon entering into an apprenticeship you will also receive a 450-hour time credit from the ITA toward the time required to complete your apprenticeship.
Upon completion of the Automotive Service Technician Foundation program, you will discover a wide range of employment opportunities within this trade or in related areas. Career positions may include, but are not limited to, automotive service technician apprentice, lube technician, tire repair technician, service writer and parts person.
To Be Successful
- You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program and discuss various career fields and choices.
- Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact an educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition to the stated prerequisites secondary school equivalent courses in science, physics, and drafting are considered an asset.
- The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality trades person. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
- Trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning along with good math and communication skills.
- There is also an expectation of physical activities such as lifting, working on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions.
- You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.
Personal Protection Equipment
- Safety Glasses
- Steel Toed Boots - CSA approved
- Welding helmet, goggles, gloves
- Padlock or Combination Lock
- 3 ring binder
- Loose leaf paper and graph paper
- Pen/ pencil/ hi-liter
- Scientific Calculator (optional)
In addition, NIC is pleased to make shop tools available to students in exchange for a $100 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. It will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.