Automotive Service Technician

CampusStart Date
MonctonSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Automotive Service Technicians are vehicle surgeons. They know how to diagnose, service and repair a wide range of vehicle issues, including: steering, electrical, suspension, brakes, engines, fuel, exhaust, electronics and accessories for these systems. You’ll become an expert in vehicle anatomy and you’ll learn how to master shop tools and techniques such as brazing, cutting, and welding. With half a million vehicles on the road in New Brunswick, Automotive Service Technicians have their work lined up.


Duration

The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.


Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)


    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of this program you may be employed in private or dealer automotive repair shops, trade-related fields such as distributors of automobile parts, specialty repair shops or warranty specialists for manufacturers. Automotive service technicians are employed by service facilities, car and truck dealerships and by large organizations that own fleet vehicles. Experienced automotive service technicians may advance to service manager or shop foreman. Some automotive service technicians open their own repair facilities.

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    NOC Codes

    7321 - Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers


    What you will learn

    • Customer Relations
    • Ozone Depleting Substances
    • Shop Practice
    • Vehicle Service and Repair
    • Welding and Cutting
    • Auto Chassis
    • Brakes
    • Automotive Engines
    • Fuel Systems
    • Electrical Systems
    • Related Subjects
    • Work Experience


    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    This course introduces students to proper applications of basic electrical and electronic principles and to proper handling and usage of batteries.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G
    • SECU1002

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.
     
     

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.
     

    This course is designed to review the essential applied science skills that are taught in related courses.

    This is a 1-day environmental awareness training course based on Environment Canada's "Code of Practice for Reducing CFC/HCFC/HFC Emissions in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems". It is suitable for residential, commercial, industrial, domestic, automotive and mobile applications. Specific topics covered are: CFCs and the ozone layer, isolation valving, recommended components, leak detection methods, system charging procedures, special maintenance provisions, and refrigerant recovery, reuse, recycle and reclamation equipment.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course instructs students on the proper use of hand tools and shop equipment. They are also introduced to the proper use of fasteners, tubing and fittings. Motor Vehicle Body Repairer and Painter students also learn the safe use of hydraulic body jacks.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

    The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

    This course introduces students to vehicle components (option specific); service information systems; start, move, and park procedures; and the proper procedures for vehicle lubrication.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course will introduce students to proper service and repair procedures for brake systems and components.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G
    • SECU1002

    This course trains students to correctly identify and properly repair and maintain wheels and tires, suspension systems and components, and chassis basics.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G
    • SECU1002

    This higher-level auto chassis course introduces students to manual and power steering systems and components. Students learn to disassemble, assemble, test, diagnose, repair and maintain steering gear and linkages.

    Prerequisites:

    • VMMV1129
    • SECU1002

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    Students learn procedures for pre-delivery and provincial motor vehicle inspections. Additionally, students learn to diagnose and repair body components and trim.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G

    This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills required to diagnose, service, and repair engine support systems and internal combustion engines.
     

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G
    • SECU1002

    This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills required to diagnose, service, and repair drivelines and final drives.
     

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G
    • SECU1002

    This course teaches students how to properly perform oxy-fuel and metal inert gas (MIG) welding.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1194G


    Specific Considerations

    Technicians usually work indoors and can expect a work environment that includes noise, fumes, odours, hazardous compounds, drafts and vibrations. Good physical condition and agility are important because the work often requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, lifting, pulling and reaching. Some important attributes of automotive service technicians are: good hand-eye coordination, mechanical aptitude, time management skills, logical thinking and decision making skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to educate themselves as technology advances.


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