May 08, 2021  
PUBLISHED 2020-2021 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2020-2021 Credit Catalog

Automotive Service Technology

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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.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

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.


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%.

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, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • A Grade 11 Science
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.


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.

Program Outline

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits 60

Program Total “A” Class 60.0
Program Total “B” Class 60.0

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