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Automotive Technology

This program provides a comprehensive introduction to the mechanical and technological skills you’ll need to work as a service technician on today’s sophisticated automobiles. The program gives you a solid grounding in various mechanical systems, computers, networks, electronics, and other non-mechanical systems you’ll encounter on the job.

In-class theory is demonstrated through extensive practice in our onsite shop. You’ll have access to a fleet of diverse vehicles to help develop your skills before you proceed to an industry work placement.

This is a US Federal Aid Approved program.


Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus
Credential: Diploma, Automotive Technician
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • A valid (unrestricted or G) Class 5 driver’s license. International students require a valid and current international driver’s license, and a drivers abstract.
  • 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.

Graduate Opportunities

  • Car dealerships
  • Independent garages
  • National auto chains
  • Service centres
  • Fleet maintenance
  • Customer service
  • Self-employment

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.

Credit Courses

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

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If you have any questions concerning the Automotive Technology program, contact:

General Inquiries: (902) 888-6448

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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