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Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation Certificate


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The Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation program is designed to train students for the automotive repair industry. Graduates will have acquired the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to carry out the duties of an automotive service technician in a safe, ethical, and professional manner.

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will receive an Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation Certificate and 450 hours towards the first level of apprenticeship training.

Program Hours: The Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation Certificate is delivered from 8 am - 3 pm Monday to Friday. Typically morning classroom lecture followed by practical hands on training in fully functioning auto shop.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan, May, Sep 8 months Certificate Broadway Full-time

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Program Description

Program Description

The Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation program is designed to train students for the automotive repair industry. Graduates will have acquired the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to carry out the duties of an automotive service technician in a safe, ethical, and professional manner.

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will receive an Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation Certificate and 450 hours towards the first level of apprenticeship training.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation Certificate will have acquired the skills and knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate safe working practices including compliance withWorksafe BC andWHMIS regulations
  • Demonstrate employability and communication skills and work in a businesslike manner.
  • Utilize hand, measuring, and power tools and equipment safely and effectively
  • Provide general automotive maintenance services including lubrication and fluids, belts and hoses, exterior lamps, body trim and hardware, tires and wheels, non friction bearings and spindles and hubs.
  • Demonstrate general automotive practices including diagnostic procedures and basic welding.
  • Assess, diagnose and service basic electrical systems
  • Assess, diagnose and service hydraulic, drum brake, disc brake, power assist and anti-lock brake systems
  • Assess, diagnose and service steering systems.
  • Assess, diagnose and service suspension systems.
  • Assess, diagnose and service front and rear wheel drive axle shafts and assemblies
  • Demonstrate safe working protocols for hybrid electric vehicles
  • Assess, diagnose and service interior and exterior components and trim

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

Instructional time is (approximately) 35% classroom and 65% practical activity. Classroom activities are lectures, demonstrations, audio-visual presentations and exercises. Practical experience takes place in an active shop setting dealing with real customers. The extensive workshop experience reinforces theoretical concepts and develops manual dexterity. The active shop also provides familiarity with repair procedures and electronic equipment standard safety procedures. All modules are designed to enable the student to work independently and in groups.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Grades are given for written exam questions covering theory. Practical work is continuously evaluated for quality repair, clean work habits, participation, team work, and the ability to follow instructions. Minimum course G.P.A. is 2.67.

Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in all courses to receive the AST Harmonized Foundation certificate. The pass grade in the Auto Service Technician Harmonized Foundation program is set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).


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.
  • English 11 or Communications 12 or equivalent
  • Math 10
  • OR
  • Department Assessment: If you are unable to provide either of the above, you can contact the Program Assistant to make an appointment for a department assessment. Please contact lsammy@vcc.ca

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $3,505
Student Union Fee $60.00
College Initiative Fee $101.00
Laundry Fee $403.00
Uniform Fee $85.00
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146.50
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146.50
U-Pass Fee $41.00
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$140 - Campus Resource Fee
$363 - Material Fee
$119 - Other Fees
$117 - e-Textbook
$350 - Textbooks
This program is offered on first pay, first seat basis to all qualified applicants
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program where you will be invoiced the remaining first installment due two months before the start of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required upon acceptance within two months of the start date.


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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

(AUTO 1130) Workplace Safety
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits  course outline
(AUTO 1131) Employability Skills
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits  course outline
(AUTO 1132) Tools and Equipment
course schedule schedule
5.5 credits  course outline
(AUTO 1133) General Automotive Maintenance
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3.0 credits  course outline
(AUTO 1238) Electrical/Electronic Systems
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7.0 credits  course outline


Term 2

(AUTO 1134) General Automotive Practices
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3.0 credits  course outline
(AUTO 1235) Brake Systems
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6.0 credits  course outline
(AUTO 1236) Steering Systems
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6.5 credits  course outline
(AUTO 1237) Suspension Systems
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3.5 credits  course outline
(AUTO 1239) Drive-line Systems
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2.0 credits course outline
(AUTO 1240) Body Components, Accessories and Trim
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits course outline