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Automotive Service Technician

Who it’s for

You like working with your hands and your head. You love cars, and the idea of fixing cars for a living excites you. You’re curious and want to figure out what makes something tick. You’re good with people, skillful with tools, and you feel equally comfortable using a wrench or a computer. You’re punctual and you work well with others.

What you’ll learn

You will become familiar and comfortable with using industrial equipment in the auto repair shop environment. You’ll learn how to safely do everyday jobs such as changing and balancing tires, changing oil, tuning brakes, and basic car maintenance.

Program details

Program length:

1 year full time (8 months)



Work-integrated Learning:

8-week practicum for qualifying students

Start Times:

  • Fall / Winter



Two students and an Instructor leaning over a cars front end looking at its engine.

Your career

When you graduate from this program, you’ll be qualified for an entry-level job. If you’re curious and hardworking, it’s easy to progress by stacking your skills.

You might start out by changing parts, then move up to vehicle diagnostics. As you build trust, you can progress from doing lube jobs to owning your own bay, being a foreman, service manager or partner—or you can start your own repair shop.

Career opportunities

  • Auto mechanic
  • Service writer
  • Parts salesperson
  • Service manager
  • Shop foreman

Career opportunities

  • Auto mechanic
  • Service writer
  • Parts salesperson
  • Service manager
  • Shop foreman

Program features and outcomes

  • Level 1 Motor Vehicle Accreditation
  • Gain confidence using industry shop tools, safely
  • Understand mechanical and electrical car engine maintenance
  • Develop the soft skills of the trade—critical thinking, punctuality, professionalism
  • Discover new and trending technologies
  • Learn from instructors with deep industry experience

Key Program Courses

  • Automotive Systems and Service
  • Chassis Fundamentals and Service
  • Automotive Electrical Systems
  • Advanced Vehicle Systems
  • Applied Auto Mechanics

Admission requirements

  • Manitoba high school diploma
  • Grade 12 Math (40S)* or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S)* or equivalent
  • Demonstrated English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

*minimum. grade of 50%

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Student success stories

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"It's a fantastic program that is making me feel ready to start working in the industry, so it's definitely something I would recommend."

— Meaghan