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PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician

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Program Description

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.

Industry Work Experience
You will have the opportunity to work in industry and gain valuable experience in an operational shop.

Program Overview

Your Career

With your hands-on experience, you will be ready to work in an entry-level position in the automotive industry. After you become an indentured apprentice, you will complete the remaining technical training and work hours required to become an Automotive Service Technician Alberta journeyperson. Potential career progression includes advancement to shop foreman, service manager and other management positions in the automotive industry.

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.  Students who have taken automotive mechanics in high school may experience greater success in the Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician program.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Certificate and have completed the first period Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship technical training. Graduates may be eligible to write the first period Alberta Trades Qualification exam.


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

The entrance requirements will be at least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND
  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20-3, AND
  • One Grade 11 Science.

Or, a pass mark in the SAIT Entrance Examination (level 4) is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Total Credits 12

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