Student performs diagnostic on light-duty truck in the Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre.

Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 12 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Enter the automotive service apprenticeship with hands-on skills in automotive maintenance, diagnosis and repairs. Complete the first period technician training and write the first year apprenticeship exam, if eligible. 

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,646

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications accepted until program start date. 
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.
Term Program start
Winter 2021 April 5, 2021

Program Details

Program Description

This 12-week program provides an alternative entry into the automotive repair industry. Acquire the skills to perform preventative maintenance, basic diagnosis, and repairs on cars and light-duty trucks. You will learn about the systems in today’s vehicles utilizing state-of-the-art tools and equipment.

Hands-on practice includes: safety and tools; alignments; suspension and steering; brake service; electrical; and basic maintenance.

Industry Work Experience

You will have the opportunity to work in industry and gain valuable experience in an operational shop.

Your Career

With your hands-on experience, you will be ready to work in an entry-level position in the automotive industry. After you become an indentured apprentice, you will complete the remaining technical training and work hours required to become an Automotive Service Technician Alberta journeyperson. Potential career progression includes advancement to shop foreman, service manager and other management positions in the automotive industry.

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs. Students who have taken automotive mechanics in high school may experience greater success in the Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician program.

Credentials and Accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Certificate and have completed the first period Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship technical training. Graduates may be eligible to write the first period Alberta Trades Qualification exam.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


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Admission Requirements

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020

Admission Requirements

The entrance requirements will be at least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20-3 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20,
  • One Grade 11 Science.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program Outline

View additional Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course Code Course Name Credits
MOTR 202 Automotive Related Subjects 1.5
MOTR 220 Automotive Shop I 6.0
MOTR 221 Automotive Theory IA 3.0
ELTR 200 Automotive Electrical 1.5
Total Credits 12.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation students must pass all courses and attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 5,460 $186 - - $


Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50

Books and supplies*

  • A basic tool kit is required. The required tools will cost approximately $1,500 - $2,000 depending on the quality and brand of tools chosen.
  • Books are approximately $150.
  • Required personal protection equipment (steel-toed boots, coveralls and safety glasses) will cost approximately $300.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Orientation date

Your orientation will be on the first day of class.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

Spring/Summer 2018 MASP tool list. Tools are required for the first week of class.

Although not a requirement, you will have more success upon graduation if you hold a driver's licence.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

CSA-approved steel-toe boots and safety glasses and coveralls are required on the first day of class.

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.



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