In addition to learning the mechanical skills you will need to be an automotive technician, this program will give you a solid grounding in the computers, networks, electronics, and other non-mechanical systems that make up today’s sophisticated automobiles. You’ll split your days between learning theory in the classroom, then hands-on practice in the shop. When you’re ready, you’ll go out on an industry work placement—a vital step that hones your abilities and introduces you to potential employers.
By law, you must be registered as an apprentice working under the guidance of a journeyperson, or have a Certificate of Qualification to work as an automotive service technician. As a student in this program, you will earn apprenticeship hours and will be prepared for apprenticeship block exams as you work toward your Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal. As a graduate, if you choose to further your education, you’ll have earned two years of credit toward your Bachelor of Applied Management degree.
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This is a US Federal Aid Approved program.
|Location:||Summerside Waterfront Campus|
|Credential:||Diploma, Automotive Technician – Students who successfully complete all the apprenticeship requirements and pass their Interprovincial Red Seal Examination in their designated trade will be issued their Red Seal by the PEI Apprenticeship Board.|
|Minimum passing grade per course:
- Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
- A valid (unrestricted or G) Class 5 driver’s license
- Driver’s abstract
- Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program
Note: Preference will be given to applicants with Grade 11 or 12 academic English, math and physics.
- Car dealerships
- Independent garages
- National auto chains
- Service centres
- Fleet maintenance
- Customer service
Red Seal Information
The most successful path to a Red Seal as an Automotive Service Technician begins with the Automotive Technology program. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training hours and write two block exams, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Interprovincial Exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.
The Interprovincial Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification. The Red Seal is recognized as the Interprovincial standard of excellence for your chosen trade and is the designation most employers will ask for.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 7321.
Open Academic Studies program
Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.
Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.
Tuition & Fees
If you have any questions concerning the Automotive Technology program, contact:
General Inquiries: (902) 888-6448