Auto Service Technician | Trades Programs | Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Ҵý District 42


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Auto Service Technician

This partnership between BCIT and Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Ҵý District No. 42 provides a unique opportunity for secondary school students to complete Grade 12 graduation requirements while earning post-secondary credits and certification in BCIT’s Automotive Service Foundations Program. Additionally, students will acquire skills to enter the job market or pursue other post-secondary education.





How to Apply

To apply to this program, visit

Your application package must include the following:

  • BCIT Application
  • SD42 Partnership Application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter (briefly stating why you are interested in this program)
  • Recent transcript of your grades


What is the Automotive Service Foundations Level One Program?

The program consists of technical training and hands on experience preparing you for employment in the automotive industry. Automotive technicians repair and test motor vehicles.

They disassemble, inspect and assemble engines and accessories, cooling systems, transmissions and clutches, drive lines, braking and suspension systems.

Automotive technicians employ logic and deductive reasoning in diagnosing and troubleshooting mechanical as well as electrical/electronic vehicle systems.


Industry training authority

BCIT transfers to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) the student’s name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program. 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.

The Program

This 30-week entry-level program provides you with the basic knowledge and practical skills needed for entry into the automotive industry.

As a graduate, you may pursue a career as a general repair technician or choose to specialize in one of the varied career paths that have emerged within the industry.

You will also receive credit for your first level of apprentice technical training from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and 450 hours credit towards your time in trade. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be scheduled to write the Provincial Level 1 apprenticeship exam.

Program Content

The Auto Foundations level one standard program consists of the following course content:

  • AUTO 1500 – Workplace safety
  • AUTO 1501  – Employability skills
  • Tools and equipment
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Wheels, hubs, and tires
  • Welding
  • Brake systems
  • Suspension systems
  •  Steering systems
  • Principles of internal combustion engines
  • General automotive maintenance



The minimum grade for individual courses is 70 per cent. An overall GPA of 70 per cent or better is required. All courses must be passed in order to successfully complete the program. (ITA requirement)

Dual Credit

Students who successfully complete AST level one will have completed six courses for 24 credits on the secondary school graduation transcript. They will also receive the BCIT certificate.

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