Mar 02, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Service Technology

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Program Description

Get hands-on automotive training in our two-year diploma and prepare for your apprenticeship as an Automotive Service Technician. You’ll be taught by industry-trained instructors who will combine theory and hands-on learning opportunities so you gain a strong foundation in automotive vehicle maintenance, diagnosis, repairs, manufacturers’ specifications, customer service and communications. If you complete this program successfully, you will be eligible to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Automotive Service Technician Periods 1-4 exams.  

Program Overview

Your Career

Graduates may find work in the automotive service technician trade and opportunities vary such as working as an apprentice, a service advisor, or working in a general or specialty automotive shop. 

Most graduates continue their training and complete an apprenticeship that includes an Alberta Journeyperson Certificate as an Automotive Service Technician and an Inter-provincial Standards Red Seal. Journeypersons, can specialize in various areas such as engines, driveability, electrical, chassis systems, wheel alignment, and automatic transmissions. There is potential to advance to shop foreman, service manager 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.


The Automotive Service Technology program aligns with the Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Periods 1-4 training. Successful students are eligible to challenge Periods 1-4 apprenticeship exams. The pass mark for apprenticeship exams is 70%. 

Students who are successful in completing SAIT’s diploma program are eligible to receive a 300-hour, on-the-job training credit towards each of the four Periods of the Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship. 


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20-3, 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.

Program Outline

Total Credits 60

Program Total  60.0

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

  • Perform automotive diagnostic tests, interpret results, and solve problems.
  • Perform repairs, services and maintenance of light vehicles following service information and procedures using appropriate tools.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use common equipment in the automotive repair industry.
  • Be eligible to challenge all four Alberta Provincial Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship exams.

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