Canadian SciTech College

Automotive Service Technician (310S)


* This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005


Preparing to write the Certification of Qualification Exam 310S?


What Does an Automotive Service Technician Do?


Automotive Service Technicians (310S), sometimes referred to as Motor Vehicle Mechanics inspect, diagnose, repair and service mechanical, electrical and electronic systems and components for cars, buses and trucks. They also perform major repair and replacement of mechanical units on newly assembled motor vehicles. Technicians may choose to specialize in engine and fuel systems, brakes, drive lines, suspension, electrical and electronic systems or diagnostic services.


Job Related Skills, Interests and Values:


● Reviewing work orders and discussing with co-workers or supervisors

● Inspecting motors in operation, road testing vehicles and testing automotive systems and components using electronic/computer or other testing devices to diagnose problems and isolate faults

● Adjusting, repairing or replacing parts and components of automotive systems including fuel, brake, steering and suspension systems

● Performing scheduled maintenance service such as oil changes, lubrications and tune ups

● Testing and adjusting repaired systems to manufacturer’s specifications

● Advising customers on work performed, general vehicle conditions and future repair requirements


The course offers a review of the following topics:


● Occupational Health & Safety practices

● Engine system, engine management system, fuel delivery system

● Electrical system: starting & charging, body electrical

● Fuel delivery systems, exhaust, intake & emmission control systems

● Transmission & clutches, drive shafts, differentials and drive axle assemblies, transfer case, tires, wheels, rims and hubs

● Suspension systems and frames, steering systems, braking systems

● Heating, ventilation & air conditioning, body and trim.


Registration is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. This course is recommended for persons with related experience.


What’s Your Future as an Automotive Service Technician?


You may decide to specialize in fuel and electrical systems, transmission, alignment and brakes or become a truck and coach technician if you work in a large shop that encourages you to specialize in one specific area. You could be employed by a small shop and be required to work in all areas. Most people who work in this field work year-round, full-time mostly indoors with exposure to noise, vibration, liquids, fumes and odours covered by workplace regulations. Employers who might hire you include:


● Automobile dealers

● Motor Vehicle Manufacturers

● Automotive parts and accessories stores

● Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers


Wage Rate:


● apprentices are generally paid less than journeypersons

● As your work performance, skills and expertise improve, your wages generally increase

● Hourly wage rates vary from in the range of $11.00 to $29.00 per hour depending on the geographic area where they work, and sometimes provide benefits and the opportunities for overtime