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Automotive Service Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2022

Open for Fall 2022 (International)

Waitlisted for Spring 2022

Waitlisted for Winter 2022

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Get hands-on automotive training in our two-year diploma and prepare for your apprenticeship as an Automotive Service Technician. You’ll be taught by industry-trained instructors who will combine theory and hands-on learning opportunities so you gain a strong foundation in automotive vehicle maintenance, diagnosis, repairs, manufacturers’ specifications, customer service and communications.

If you complete this program successfully, you will be eligible to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Automotive Service Technician Periods 1-4 exams.


The Automotive Service Technology program aligns with the Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Periods 1-4 training. Successful students are eligible to challenge Periods 1-4 apprenticeship exams. The pass mark for apprenticeship exams is 70%.

Students who are successful in completing SAIT’s diploma program are eligible to receive a 300-hour, on-the-job training credit towards each of the four Periods of the Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship.


Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Automotive Service Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n): 

  • automotive service technician* 
  • mechanic 
  • foreman 
  • service manager 

Related careers include: 

  • heavy equipment technician 
  • career and technology studies teacher 

*Upon successful completion of automotive service technician apprenticeship, graduates specialize in various areas such as engines, driveability, electrical, chassis systems, wheel alignment, automatic transmissions and more. 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,861
Year 2: $6,861

Year 1 (International): $19,855
Year 2 (International): $20,588

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are open until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 opened March 31, 2021 
  • Applications for spring 2022 opened on June 14, 2021
  • Applications for fall 2022 opened on Oct. 6, 2021
Classes begin Year start date Year end date 
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

How to apply

Making it happen

Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

The idea of going back to school can be a daunting one at any age, but the decision to make the investment in yourself and your future is worth taking the plunge. Randy Dhillon did just that. After realizing he wanted to spend his time solving problems and using his hands to do so, he made the call to come to SAIT.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications opened on March 31, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications opened on June 14, 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: applications opened on Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20-3 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20, and,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, and,
  • a 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 Automotive Service Technology 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. 

We recommend you add transportation.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1 

Course code Course name Credit
ELTR-248 Electrical/Electronics I 1.5
MATH-202 Mathematics 1.5
MOTR-220 Automotive Shop I 6.0
MOTR-221 Automotive Theory IA 3.0
MOTR-222 Automotive Theory IB 3.0
Semester 1 total  15.0

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
APSC-250 Science for Trades and Technicians 1.5
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
ELTR-288 Electrical/Electronics II 1.5
MOTR-260 Automotive Shop II 6.0
MOTR-261 Automotive Theory II 3.0
Semester 2 total 15.0

Second year

Semester 3 

Course code Course name Credit
ELTR-328 Electrical/Electronics III 1.5
MNGT-200 Introduction to Business 3.0
MOTR-320 Automotive Shop III 6.0
MOTR-321 Automotive Theory III 3.0
MOTR-370 Vehicle Modifications 1.5
Semester 3  total 15.0

Semester 4

Course code Course name Credit
ELTR-348 Electrical/Electronics IV 1.5
MOTR-303 Climate Control  1.5
MOTR-360 Automotive Shop IV 6.0
MOTR-361 Automotive Theory IV 3.0
PROJ-348 Automotive Service Technology Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4  total 15.0
Program total 60.0


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, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer in, within or on from SAIT is available.

Visit transfer options to learn more.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,528 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,861
2 $5,528 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,861

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $18,522 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,855
2 $19,255 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,588

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $450 per year.  
  • The required tools will cost approximately $2,000 - $5,000 (depending on the quality and brand of tools chosen) for the first year and $250 for the second year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

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.

Winter 2022


Your program orientation will take place Jan. 7 online. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about campus orientation.

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.

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

Tools will be provided. 

A driver's license, the ability to manoeuvre a vehicle in tight spaces and drive a manual transmission vehicle is highly recommended to succeed in this program and industry. 

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

You will need CSA-approved steel-toe boots and safety glasses, welding gloves, earplugs (supplied) and coveralls. Service technician coveralls will be available for purchase at the start of the semester. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website.  The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase is required this term.


Phone: 403.284.8471
Email: transportation.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

James Oancia, Academic Chair
Email: James.Oancia@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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

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