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Automotive Service and Repair

Automotive Service and 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.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
1 Year
 
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
Credential:
Certificate
Tuition:
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
 
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Locations:
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Akerley Campus/Online • Dartmouth Part time • Blended Seats available
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Waitlist
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available

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 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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • 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 for part-time study.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you're 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.

Career options

  • 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.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step toward certification in the Automotive Service Technician trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program toward your apprenticeship.
  • This program covers many aspects of motor vehicle repair. You're 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.

Other info

  • A minimum of a Class 5 Drivers Licence and the ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle is required for employment.
  • If you're chemically sensitive, it's important to note that chemicals (petroleum products) and lubricants are commonly used in the Automotive Service Technician trade.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Automotive Service Technician is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Automotive Service Technician trade in Nova Scotia.
  • 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.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).

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
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

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