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Automotive Service Technician Foundation

What You’ll Learn

Applied learning

You'll learn to use the tools and equipment needed to maintain and service automotive systems such as brakes, exhaust and engine diagnostics.

What to expect

Located at our Interurban campus, this 30 week program is designed to prepare you for entry into the Automotive Service Technician trade. You will learn automotive tools and equipment, general automotive maintenance and practices, electrical/electronic systems, brakes, steering and suspension service, as well as engine performance and repair. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared for entry into many areas of the automotive industry, including as a lube technician, tire repair technician, brake and muffler installer, or parts person.

You'll be exposed to on-the-job conditions so be prepared to work outdoors regardless of the weather. You should be in good physical health and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.

All trades programs have a mandatory attendance requirement. If you miss three days in a class, you may be required to withdraw from the course. (Exemptions may be made in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Dean.)

Apprenticeship Training

Camosun also offers all four levels of technical training required to get your ticket. If you are already in an apprenticeship with an employer sponsor, you may take your required technical training at Camosun on a direct entry basis.

Camosun accepts applications on an ongoing basis for all levels. Please refer to the apprenticeship schedule, and pick up or download and print an apprentice application. PDF

Program courses

Course Instructional Hours
AMEC 110 AST Foundation 900 hours

Students must achieve a cumulative average of 70% of all program courses to qualify for the certificate.

Students will receive ITA Apprenticeship Technical Training credit for Level 1 towards completion of an Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship.


You'll learn to:

  • Perform safety related functions
  • Demonstrate employment readiness skills
  • Use tools, equipment and documentation to service automobiles and light trucks
  • Use communication techniques in order to resolve automobile and light truck service issues
  • Service drive shafts and axles
  • Perform general automotive maintenance
  • Describe general automotive practices
  • Service electrical systems and components
  • Service steering, suspension and braking systems
  • Service tires, wheels, hubs and wheel bearings
  • Service body components, accessories and trim
  • Implement specific safety protocol for hybrid and electric vehicles

Picture yourself at Camosun!

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Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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