Delivery Mode: BLENDED
- This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
- Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
- We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
- Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
Over a two-year period, students train on a rotational basis with five-eight weeks terms in the classroom and nine weeks of hands-on, paid work experience in a GM dealership. Classroom instructors are trained by General Motors, and are in tune with the latest trends in technology. New vehicles, training components and aids are provided by GM for students to work on and learn from in a closely supervised and structured environment.
The automotive service technician apprenticeship process requires time spent on the job and in-school training. A GM (ASEP) automotive technician apprentice must complete a five-level program including 7,200 workplace hours and 1,200 in-school hours of training. After completion of training, a passing grade on inter-provincial exams will result in the BC Certificate of Apprenticeship and the Certificate of Qualification, with Red Seal Inter-provincial Certification.
The classroom program will include courses in electrical systems, air conditioning systems, fuel systems, driveline, engine mechanical, power train, steering and suspension, brakes, electrical options and accessories, computer operated/assisted systems, truck components and systems and body and trim.
Harmonized automotive technician apprenticeship
Harmonized apprentice levels will be regularly scheduled as follows:
- Level 1 intakes offered after September 1, 2017
- Level 2 intakes offered after September 1, 2017
- Level 3 intakes offered after September 1, 2018
- Level 4 intakes offered after September 1, 2019
The following apprentices will be required to complete their levels of training in the harmonized program:
- New Level 1 Automotive Technician apprentices
- All apprentices, including foundation graduates, transitioning to Level 2 after September 1, 2017
Transitioning to harmonized Level 2
Apprentices that need to transition to the harmonized program will be required to complete self-study. Additional training is required to address the gaps in program content as follows:
- Transitioning from Level 1 or Foundation to harmonized Level 2 requires self-directed study prior to entering harmonized Level 3.
Current program for apprentices entering Level 3 or 4
Automotive Technicians that have completed their Level 2 training prior to September 1, 2017 and are continuing into Levels 3 or 4 are encouraged to complete their remaining levels of training in their current stream as follows:
- Level 3 by September 2019
- Level 4 by September 2020
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Graduating & Jobs
Instructor, GM ASEP
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