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Automotive Service Technology

Closed for Fall 2020

Waitlisted for Winter 2021

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

Program Highlights

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.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,248
Year 2: $6,248

Year 1 (International): $19,768
Year 2 (International): $19,768

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

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Requirements

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 for Fall 2020 are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, until March 31, 2020.
  • Applications for Winter 2021 are accepted March 30, 2020 
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

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.

Program Details

Program description

This Automotive Service Technology program provides excellent preparation for an apprenticeship as an Automotive Service Technician. This is a two-year diploma. 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 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.

Your career

Graduates may find work as automotive service technicians and upon successful completion of their apprenticeship can specialize in various areas such as engines, driveability, electrical, chassis systems, wheel alignment, automatic transmissions, etc. There is potential to advance to shop foreman, service managers and other management positions.

  • Graduates of the Automotive Service Technology program have a 100% employment rate

Student success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT's programs.

Credentials and accreditation

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%.

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
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Montana State University - Northern

To learn more, visit transfer options.

Contact

Have questions about this specific program?

School of Transportation
403.284.8471
transportation.info@sait.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019, until March 31, 2020.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020 

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

View additional Automotive Service Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

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

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $18,338 $682 $288 $460 $19,768
2 $18,338 $682 $288 $460 $19,768

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: $460
  • 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.

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

Orientation date

Friday, Sept. 4

Delivery 

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 an adjustable 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.

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. 

Other requirements

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. 

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.

You will need the Individual Learning Module package for Automotive Service Technology for your year of learning.

Contact 

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

Academic chair

"Thank you for choosing the Automotive Service Technology program in the SAIT School of Transportation!

As your academic chair for the first year of the diploma program, it is my pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the entire program, as the newest members of our innovative learning community. We look forward to seeing the impact you’ll make and to supporting your academic journey."

Matt Carpenter, Academic Chair
Email:  matt.carpenter@sait.ca

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