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Automotive Service Technician E-pprentice


This program is designed for the apprentice currently working in the automotive service industry. Auto technician apprentice training at VCC is designed to meet the needs of both the apprentice and industry by providing a valuable and up-to-date training experience. Upon completion, apprentices return to industry with an increased, comprehensive skill set. The e-pprentice stream allows students to take the first portion of courses online, only coming to campus for the final portion of term.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Level 1 - Jan, Sep
Level 2 - Jan, Feb, Sep, Nov
Level 3 - Jan, Sep
Level 4 - Jan, Feb, Sep, Nov
3 months online ; 2 week in class VCC Transcript Broadway, Online Full-time

Program Description

Program Description

Students train in classrooms and the automotive service shop in VCC's facility at the Broadway campus. Instruction is provided through lectures to introduce theory and demonstrations to illustrate practical application of the theory. Students then have ample opportunity in the automotive labs to apply their skills and to demonstrate their knowledge. The college supplies tools and coveralls while the apprentice is a student at VCC. Students must supply their own safety equipment.

Technical training is divided into four levels, typically taken over four years. Level 1 covers shop safety, tools, suspension, brakes, steering and the fundamentals of an automobile frame. Level 2 advances the apprentice's skills in repairing a wide variety of engines. Level 3 provides the apprentice with competency in ignition, fuel and emission control systems. Level 4 completes the training with students developing skills in transmission and drive control systems.

An apprenticeship is a system of training that combines work-based training with periods of formal practical and theoretical education. This theoretical instruction is provided by an approved training college or facility. Typically, apprentices take a short break from their employment once a year to complete their training. When an apprentice successfully completes a training program and attains the required number of work-based hours, he/she earns a certificate or ticket, and becomes a journeyperson in his or her trade.


E-PRENTICE

We have flexible learning offerings, giving apprentices more options to complete their training sooner and without having to take as much time off work. The Provincial Flexible Learning Mode (PFLM) utilizes online, mentoring and traditional face-to-face training methods to deliver technical training based on a multi level outcome program in a two-component structure.

Component 1
During the first component (approximately 3 months), the apprentice remains at work and accesses media-rich online content when and where it is convenient. Apprentices collaborate online to create a rich and authentic learning environment. The workplace is also utilized during this component as the apprentice performs real tasks (workplace assignments) appropriate to provincial and national outcomes under the guidance of a qualified mentor.

Component 2
In the second component, the apprentice attends their training institution (approximately 1-2 weeks) to review Component 1 theory, complete knowledge evaluations, further develop their practical skills, and then complete competency-based evaluations (counterpart to the workplace assignments) to ensure they are able to perform all of the required tasks. The amount of time an apprentice spends at their college - away from the workplace - may be reduced to as little as one week.

E-PRENTICE components

Online Refresher for the Automotive Service Apprentice

VCC offers refresher courses that are intended to assist apprentices who need to repeat or prepare for a C of Q exam for a specific level of Automotive Service apprenticeship or the inter provincial exam.


For additional information about the program, call 604.871.7041 or email apprentice@vcc.ca.

Funding/financial support resources:
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
Financial Supports
(information about Employment Insurance benefits or personal support payments for apprentices)

Service Canada, apprenticeship program office
4279 Canada Way (at Gilmore)
Burnaby, B.C.
Phone: 1.800.206.7218
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Students must be registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) as an Apprentice and have received an ITA Identification number.

To determine whether you qualify for apprenticeship training consult the Industry Training Authority.

New apprentices who have successfully completed an ITA approved training program can apply to the Industry Training Centre for credit towards the work-based and technical training requirements of their apprenticeship. Often, successful completion of a trades program or pre-apprentice program significantly reduces the work-based and/or training hours required for the trade.

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee No Fee
Tuition Fee Level 1 - $613
Level 2 - $526
Level 3 - $613
Level 4 - $526
Student Union Fee $ 30
College Initiative Fee $ 18 - Level 1 & 3
$15 - Level 2 & 4
U-Pass Fee $ 41 per month
Other Costs $ 117 - e-textbook
For Book Lists and prices check Bookstore.

Apprentice Classes are a first pay, first seat registration (where seats are available). If you are already a VCC Apprentice, you are able register directly into your next level through myvcc.ca.
A $200.00 non refundable deposit is required if you are registering before two months of the start of your class. You will be invoiced with the balance and a due date for payment.
Full fees are due if you are registering within two months of the start of class.
If you do not meet the requirements outlined by the ITA for the level you are registering in before one month of the start of class, you will be dropped from the course. It is your responsibility to ensure your ITA transcript is up to date with the Industry Training Authority.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(ATAP 1011) Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Apprentice Level 1
course schedule schedule
9.0 credits course outline
(ATAP 2011) Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Apprentice Level 2
course schedule schedule
9.0 credits course outline
(ATAP 3011) Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Apprentice Level 3
course schedule schedule
9.0 credits course outline


Term 3

(ATAP 3001) Auto Service Tech Apprentice Level 3
course schedule schedule
7.0 credits  course outline


Term 4

(ATAP 4001) Auto Service Tech Apprentice Level 4
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits  course outline