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Automotive Service Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2021

Open for Fall 2021 (International)

Waitlisted for Spring 2021

Open 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 for the Spring and Summer 2021 terms. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.
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Overview

Train for a career repairing and maintaining cars and trucks in this program that combines action-based learning on modern equipment in a shop environment, as well as automotive theory and business courses — a combination that prepares grads to move into positions such as shop foreman or service manager.

This Automotive Service Technology program provides excellent preparation for an apprenticeship as an Automotive Service Technician.

Automotive courses are provided in a combination of classroom, lab and shop environments. Students will utilize up-to-date equipment, carrying out diagnosis and repairs that meet the manufacturer’s specifications and customer’s satisfaction.

Business and communications courses will better prepare you in your career and provide opportunities to advance.

The maintenance and repair requirements of the large volume vehicles in Alberta provide many employment opportunities for well-trained technicians. The primary location for this program is the Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre at SAIT’s main campus.

Credential

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

Most graduates continue their training and complete an apprenticeship that includes an Alberta Journeyman Certificate as an Automotive Service Technician and an Inter-provincial Standards Red Seal.

Diploma graduates are eligible for 16 months of credit towards their Alberta apprenticeship contract.

In addition, students may be granted trade-related work experience between the first and second year toward your apprenticeship. Students are also eligible to write apprenticeship exams upon completion of training. The pass mark for apprenticeship exams is 70%.

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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: $6,248
Year 2: $6,248

Year 1 (International): $19,651
Year 2 (International): $19,651

Year 1: $6,861
Year 2: $6,861

Year 1 (International): $19,947
Year 2 (International): $20,680

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

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 for spring and fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021, until the program start date but are subject to change.
Term Program start
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2020
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022

How to apply

100 years of automotive

The School of Transportation has been a part of SAIT since 1916 when it opened with its original discipline of Motor Mechanics. Our 100 years of automotive training expertise and state-of-the-art training facility, the Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre, makes us a leading provider of skilled graduates in the automotive industry.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Spring 2021 start: applications open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Fall 2021 start: applications open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021, until the program start date but are subject to change.

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
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • 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.

Courses

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1  "A" class

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 - "A" class - total 15.0

Semester 1 "B" class

Course code Course name Credit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
ELTR-248 Electrical/Electronics I 1.5
MATH-202 Mathematics 1.5
MOTR-260 Automotive Shop II 6.0
MOTR-261 Automotive Theory II 3.0
Semester 1 - "B" class - total 15.0

Semester 2 "A" class

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 - "A" class - total 15.0

Semester 2 "B" class

Course code Course name Credit
APSC-250 Science for Trades and Technicians 1.5
ELTR-288 Electrical/Electronics II 1.5
MOTR-220 Automotive Shop I 6.0
MOTR-221 Automotive Theory IA 3.0
MOTR-222 Automotive Theory IB 3.0
Semester 2 - "B" class - total 15.0

Second year

Second-year students in group "C" class follow "A" class.

Semester 3 "A" class

Course code Course name Credit
MNGT-202 Business Fundamentals 3.0
MOTR-303 Climate Control 1.5
MOTR-320 Automotive Shop III 6.0
MOTR-321 Automotive Theory III 3.0
MOTR-370 Vehicle Modifications 1.5
Semester 3 - "A" class - total 15.0

Semester 3 "B" class

Course code Course name Credit
MNGT-202 Business Fundamentals 3.0
ELTR-348 Electrical/Electronics IV 1.5
MOTR-360 Automotive Shop IV 6.0
MOTR-361 Automotive Theory IV 3.0
MOTR-370 Vehicle Modifications 1.5
Semester 3 - "B" class - total 15.0

Semester 4 "A" Class

Course code Course name Credit
ELTR-328 Electrical/Electronics III 1.5
ELTR-348 Electrical/Electronics IV 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 - "A" class - total 15.0

Semester 4 "B" Class

Course code Course name Credit
ELTR-328 Electrical/Electronics III 1.5
MOTR-303 Climate Control 1.5
MOTR-320 Automotive Shop III 6.0
MOTR-321 Automotive Theory III 3.0
PROJ-348 Automotive Service Technology Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 - "B" class - total 15.0
Program total "A" class
60.0
Program total "B" class
60.0

Progression

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 to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit transfer options.

Costs

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,026 $682 $288 $252 $6,247
2 $5,026 $682 $288 $252 $6,248

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $18,338 $682 $288 $344 $19,651
2 $18,338 $682 $288 $344 $19,651

*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. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • 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.

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 $344 $19,947
2 $19,255 $793.20 $287.77 $344 $20,680

*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. 

SAIT Fees

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: $344
  • 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.

Spring 2021

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on May 7, 2021.

Watch your inbox for the time and link.

Delivery 

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Spring 2021 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.

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

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The spring 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 required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.630.9543
Email: george.rhodes@sait.ca

Academic chair

George Rhodes, Academic Chair
Email:  george.rhodes@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

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Transportation
403.284.8471
transportation.info@sait.ca

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