Automotive Service & Repair

Learn many aspects of mechanical motor vehicle repair – from the fundamentals of automotive shops skills to an overview of basic systems used in an automobile.

Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)Part-time (Combined In-class/Online)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Akerley Campus • Dartmouth  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Burridge Campus • Yarmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Part-timeAkerley Campus/Online • Dartmouth  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This program prepares you to be an Automotive Service technician who ensures vehicles are safe and operate properly. In this program, you get the knowledge and skills related to the service and repair of the mechanical and electrical systems of automobiles and light trucks. You learn how to use electrical meters, hand tools, power tools and shop equipment. You also have the opportunity to apply your skills with a work term.

If you have a good attitude, a strong mechanical aptitude, problem-solving skills and strong oral and written communication skills, this program provides the training you need to succeed as a technician. You gain a working knowledge of automotive shop safety, vehicle and engine systems and basic oxygen/acetylene metal inert gas welding, along with an understanding of automotive maintenance, inspection and body adjustment.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Highlight"All the group projects, working with my classmates, and all the different vehicles we serviced and repaired together."
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    Why Take It"It's a great way to learn about automotive repair, even when you start with zero knowledge."
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    Cool Activity"Once we learn something in class, I get to apply it right away in the real world through my work experience."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the Automotive Service Technician trade. To work in this trade, certification and registration as an apprentice is compulsory with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the apprenticeship program in Nova Scotia.
  • This program covers many aspects of motor vehicle repair. You are trained in the fundamentals of automotive shops skills and gain a basic understanding of how vehicle systems work. There will be opportunities to work on vehicles with specialized tools, plus an opportunity to gain work experience with an industry partner.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • You may find employment in dealerships and independent repair facilities in many occupations related to the automotive field, such as service technician, sales, customer service and many other areas of the transportation industry. You may also find employment with fleet service shops, national repair chains, the military and government organizations.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study. You complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at Akerley Campus. No additional campus locations are available.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you are referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study is two years.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Student Success

Other Info

  • A minimum of a Class 5 Drivers Licence and the ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle, is required for employment.
  • Chemical Use – If you are chemically sensitive, it is important to note that chemicals (petroleum products) and lubricants are commonly used in the Automotive Service Technician trade.
  • Red Seal – Automotive Service Technician is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practice the trade in any province or territory in Canada, where the trade is designated, without having to write further examinations.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards dictate facial hair and headwear regulations.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ASRP 1000   Automotive Fundamental Shop Skills
ASRP 1001   Automotive Engine Fundamentals
ASRP 1002   Cooling and Lubrication Systems
ASRP 1003   Basic Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems
ASRP 1010   Basic Automotive Welding
ASRP 1011   Brakes
ASRP 1012   Suspension and Steering
ASRP 1013   Basic Powertrain Controls and Data Retrieval
ASRP 1015   Maintenance Inspections and Body Mechanical
ASRP 1100   Work Experience
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

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    Application Process

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