Automotive Service Technician (Apprenticeship)

Program description

This 721-hour program, which consists of a 240-hour Level 1, a 240-hour Level 2, and a 241-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. Completion of all three levels of this program, confers the graduate an Ontario College Certificate titled Motive Power Fundamentals - Automotive Service Apprenticeship.

Program details

Code: 0706
Delivery: Apprenticeship
Length: 721 hours
Start: Varies
Campus: Guelph
Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program contacts


Academic school

Trades & Apprenticeship

Fees & payment

  • Fees are set by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
  • Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional. For details, visit Orientation & support.
  • Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Awards & scholarships

Conestoga College's Student Financial Services administers many awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants. Information and application forms for numerous awards, bursaries and scholarships are administered by Student Financial Services.

Many program-specific awards are administered by individual programs. Students should speak to their faculty or program coordinators about additional awards available in their program specific areas.

Courses

Level 1

Course Details

Work Practices
AUTO1010

Description:

In this course, students will 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.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Engine Systems
AUTO1021

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.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Electrical/Electronic and Emissions Systems
AUTO1030

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.

  • Hours: 98
  • Credits: 7
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Drive Train Systems
AUTO1045

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of power train clutch assemblies, manual transmissions, and manual transaxle assemblies.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems
AUTO1050

Description:

In this course, students will 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.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course Details

Air Conditioning Systems
AUTO2010

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of major air conditioning systems heating and ventilation systems.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Engine Systems
AUTO2021

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the purpose, construction and principles for cylinder head, valve train and forced induction assembly components.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Electrical/Electronic and Emission Systems
AUTO2030

Description:

In this course students will 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.

  • Hours: 98
  • Credits: 7
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Drive Train Systems
AUTO2041

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principals, testing and servicing of front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) drivelines, final drive assemblies, automatic transmissions/transaxles and torque converters.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems
AUTO2050

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.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 3

Course Details

Work Practices
AUTO3010

Description:

In this course students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of automatic climate control comfort systems, and body and trim.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Drive Train Systems
AUTO3021

Description:

In this course students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing, servicing and applications of automatic transmissions / transaxles, four-wheel and all-wheel drive systems, and alternate / hybrid drivelines.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems
AUTO3030

Description:

In this course students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of vehicle alignment, along with anti-lock and power assist systems; in addition to a working knowledge of vehicle driveability problems and suspension, steering and brake electronic monitoring devices.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Electrical/Electronic and Emission Systems
AUTO3040

Description:

In this course students will 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.

  • Hours: 98
  • Credits: 7
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Engine Systems
AUTO3050

Description:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamentals, construction, principles of servicing engine cylinder heads.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Program outcomes

  1. Identify basic motive power system problems by using critical thinking skills and strategies and by applying fundamental knowledge of motor vehicle operation, components, and their interrelationships.
  2. Identify, inspect, and test basic engine components and systems in compliance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  3. Identify, inspect, and test basic electrical, electronic, and emission components and systems in compliance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  4. Identify, inspect, and test basic drive train components and systems in compliance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  5. Identify, inspect, and test basic suspension, steering, and brake components and systems in compliance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  6. Disassemble and assemble components to required specifications by applying workshop skills and knowledge of basic shop practices.
  7. Use a variety of test equipment to assess basic electronic circuits, vehicle systems, and subsystems.
  8. Apply basic knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics to the testing and inspection of basic motive power systems and subsystems.
  9. Communicate information effectively, credibly, and accurately by producing supporting documentation to appropriate standards.
  10. Use information technology and computer skills to access data concerning repair procedures and manufacturers’ updates.
  11. Prepare logs, records, and documentation to appropriate standards.
  12. Apply business practices and communication skills to improve customer service.
  13. Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth, job performance, and work relationships
  14. Complete all assigned work in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law; established policies and procedures; codes and regulations; and in accordance with ethical principles.
  15. Identify, inspect and test supplementary restraint systems according to manufacturers' service procedures
  16. Identify, inspect and test hybrid vehicle systems according to manufacturers' service procedures

Program handbook

Program handbook

Graduate opportunities

Automotive service technicians perform preventative maintenance, diagnose faults, and repair the systems of cars and light trucks.

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