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Overview

Note: This program runs every two years. Applications for the February 2021 intake will be accepted starting January 2, 2020.

The Automotive Service Technician and Operations Non-Co-op Option is for international students who:

  • Want to complete a two-year apprenticeship technical training Diploma program for entry into the automotive service and repair industry.
  • Desire a position as a manager, supervisor, service advisor, or parts person in the automotive service and repair industry or
  • Want to earn the diploma as a pathway to a bachelor’s degree.

The Non-Co-op option of the Automotive Service Technician and Operations program provides international students with additional in-shop training time at BCIT for technical training, English, and hands-on skill development.

Graduates of the program will learn to:

  • Integrate and apply theoretical concepts to the diagnosis, service, and repair of automotive systems.
  • Apply research techniques to locate automotive service information.
  • Integrate principles of sustainability into practice within their role in the automotive service industry.
  • Communicate in a professional manner in written documentation and in personal presentation.
  • Apply business operations management practices to the automotive industry.
  • Perform tasks as an integral part of a team.
  • Demonstrate behaviour that is consistent with academic and professional ethics and integrity.


Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning January 2nd (or next business day).

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a waitlist from year to year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements, we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • High school graduation is recommended by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Please refer to the ITA website for current apprenticeship prerequisite information.

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend an Automotive Information Session for additional Apprenticeship and program details.

  • Applicants with medical or physical disabilities should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview.

Trades Discovery

The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

International Student Option

International students may want to consider the BCIT International Student Entry Program (ISEP) as an alternate mode of entry to this program.

Apply to program

Note: This program runs every two years. Applications for the February 2021 intake will be accepted starting January 2, 2020.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Every two years.

Next available intake: February 2021.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $970
Level 2: $590
Level 3: $280
Level 4: $280

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

CSA approved safety glasses and footwear required. Footwear must be steel-toed, leather, ankle covering boots.

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0730-1400, Monday through Friday

Scheduling of academic courses may require some courses to be scheduled outside of the established hours.

Program matrix

Term 1 Credits
  ASTO 1001 Automotive Science Fundamentals 2.0
  ASTO 1002 Employment Preparation 2.0
  ASTO 1021 Welding 1.0
  ASTO 1022 Tools and Equipment 2.0
  ASTO 1120 Workplace Safety 1.5
  ASTO 1123 Wheels, Hubs, Tires & Bearings 3.0
  ASTO 1124 Brake Systems 3.5
  ASTO 1125 Suspension Systems 2.5
  ASTO 1126 Steering Systems 3.5
  ASTO 1127 Basic Electrical Systems 5.0
  ASTO 1128 General Automotive Maintenance 2.5
  ASTO 1129 Driveshafts 2.0
 
Term 2 Credits
  ASTO 2001 Automotive Science Mechanical Applications 2.5
  ASTO 2002 Customer Relations and Sales 2.0
  ASTO 2003 Automotive Business Practices 2.0
  ASTO 2110 ITA Level 1 Certificate of Qualification Preparation 2.5
  ASTO 2120 Starting, Charging, and Advanced Electrical Systems 4.5
  ASTO 2121 Electronic Chassis Systems 3.0
  ASTO 2122 Engine Repair and Support Systems 8.0
  ASTO 2123 Manual Transmission, Transfer Case, and Differentials 6.0
 
Term 3 Credits
  ASTO 3001 Automotive Science Clean Air Technology 2.0
  ASTO 3002 Automotive Communications 2.5
  ASTO 3003 Automotive Business Operations 3.0
  ASTO 3110 ITA Level 2 Certificate of Qualification Preparation 2.5
  ASTO 3120 Electrical and Electronic Systems 3.5
  ASTO 3121 Electronic Ignition Systems 2.5
  ASTO 3122 Fuel Delivery Systems 5.0
  ASTO 3123 Gasoline Engine Management Systems 4.0
  ASTO 3124 Emission Control Systems 3.0
  ASTO 3125 Networking Systems 2.0
 
Term 4 Credits
  ASTO 4001 Automotive Science Advanced 2.0
  ASTO 4003 Automotive Business Management 3.0
  ASTO 4110 ITA Level 3 Certificate of Qualification Preparation 2.5
  ASTO 4120 Advanced Feature Group 2.5
  ASTO 4121 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems 3.5
  ASTO 4123 All-Wheel Drive Systems 2.5
  ASTO 4124 Automatic Transmissions 6.5
  ASTO 4125 Diesel Fuel Management and Emissions 2.5
  ASTO 4126 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology 4.5
 
Total Credits: 120.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Two years full-time

Term 1: 15 weeks
Term 2: 15 weeks
Term 3: 15 weeks
Term 4: 15 weeks

Grading

All courses must be passed in order to complete the program. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

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