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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.
Students who have taken automotive mechanics in high school and achieved higher marks in previous secondary or post-secondary schooling may experience greater success in the Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician program.
After you successfully complete this program, you may choose to continue your training as an apprentice. Once indentured by an employer, you may register for SAIT's Automotive Service Technician program.
You may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year apprenticeship.
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT pre-employment certificate.
Careers and opportunities
Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni.
100% graduate employment rate
Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.
Career counselling and support
Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.
You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.
Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.Services and workshops
The Pre-Employment Automotive Service certificate requires 12 credits (4 courses) to complete.
Basic electrical principles are emphasized in this practical, hands-on course which focuses on the automotive applications of these electrical principles. Principles of magnetism are also explained. All theory is reinforced in the laboratory by diagnosing and repairing simple electrical circuits, performing electrical wire repairs, diagnosing and servicing batteries, and taking electrical circuit measurements.
Automotive Related Subjects introduces students to standard methods and procedures for using measurement and thread repair tools, and oxyacetylene heating and cutting. Students also learn basic automotive maintenance procedures.
Safety, communication, measuring and hand tools, fasteners related to chassis components, suspension systems, steering systems, wheel alignment, drive shafts, and braking systems will be introduced in this course.
Construction, function, and operation of components used in automotive suspension systems, electric and hydraulic assist steering systems, and automotive brake systems are introduced in this course.
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.
Applicants educated in Canada
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.
- at least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2 and
- at least 50% in Math 20-1 or 20-2 or 20-3 and
- at least 50% in one Grade 11 Science.
SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.
All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.
SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.
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- Domestic students: Waitlisted
Application deadline: Oct. 26, 2023
- Domestic students: Waitlisted
Application deadline: April 30, 2024
2023/24 tuition and fees
The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.
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Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 per full-time year.
This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
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.
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, safety glasses and coveralls are required on the first day of class.
Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.Learn more
This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.
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Communication during admission
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 the firstname.lastname@example.org domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.
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