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

Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician

Open for Summer 2020

Closed for Winter 2020

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: $5,200
Year 1 (International): $10,926

Year 1: $5,646

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


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 2020 open May 1, 2019.
  • Applications for summer 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Winter 2020 April 6, 2020
Summer 2020 July 6, 2020

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Summer 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019

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.

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.


Tuition and fees per year*

2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Tuition Fees SAIT Fees Student Association Fees 2019/20 Total
$5,200 - - $5,200

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 Total
$10,926 - - $10,926

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,460 $186 - - $5,646

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

As of January 2020 this program is no longer accepting International Students.


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.
  • Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.
  • 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.


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