Personalized Learning Programs
Automotive Service Technician Level 1

10 Month Certificate Program
Start Date: September 2011

Entry Level Automotive Training

This full-time comprehensive program is designed to prepare students for a career in the automotive repair industry. The program is taught through daily lectures, seminars and demonstrations of current servicing techniques, (approx. 40% theory)  as well as extensive practical training in a functioning, automotive shop setting (approx. 60% hands-on).  

The course curriculum reflects today’s technology and is relevant to the needs of industry. The instructor is a highly trained Journeyperson Automotive Technician with years of trade experience.

Areas of ITA Level One training include:

  • Safety
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Auto Electricity and Batteries
  • Automotive Maintenance
  • Automotive Practice
  • Braking Systems
  • Steering/Suspension Systems
  • Foundation Skills including
    • Basic Engine Mechanics
    • Basic Engine Performance
    • Basic Drive Lines
    • Customer Service
  • Employment Skills

A typical day consists of two hours of theory in the classroom and 4.25 hours of practical, hands-on training in the automotive shop. Homework will take approximately one to two hours a day.The program includes work experience sessions at a local repair facility or dealership to prepare students for the workplace. Classes are in session 4 days per week; Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 2:45 pm; good attendance is mandatory.

Would you like to have work done on your vehicle? Check out our Auto Shop.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may find work as apprentice automotive technicians, or as automotive parts people/service writers. 

Job opportunities in Powell River are sometimes limited, but opportunities exist in other BC locations and in the rest of the country.  Upon receiving the Inter-provincial Certificate, graduates may find work anywhere in Canada, except Quebec.

Apprenticeship Information

Graduates of this program may receive credit towards the technical portion of the first year of the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program. In order to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyperson, graduates would return to Vancouver Island University or another institution for 30 days per year in each of the next three years.

For information on apprenticeship training, please visit the Industry Training Authority website at, contact the Industry Training Centre at 1-866-660-6011, or call VIU's Apprenticeship Coordinator at 250-740-6112. Visit VIU's Trades and Applied Technology Apprenticeship page for more information and schedules.

Contact Us

4351 Ontario Avenue, Powell River, B.C., V8A 1V3 Phone: (604) 414-5395 Fax: (604) 485-4895

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

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