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From Toy Tracks to Real Roads: Make Your Automotive Adventures Come True with VCC’s Automotive Parts and Service Technology Program
from toy tracks to real roads make your automotive adventures come true with vcc’s automotive parts and service technology program

From Toy Tracks to Real Roads: Make Your Automotive Adventures Come True with VCC’s Automotive Parts and Service Technology Program

Are you interested in cars? Do you want to learn how complicated electrical systems power these marvels of engineering? If your curiosity about automobiles and vehicles extends beyond the driver’s seat, the Automotive Parts and Service Technology program at Vancouver Community College (VCC) is tailor-made for you! 

About VCC’s Automotive Parts and Service Technology program

At the core of the Automotive Parts and Service Technology program is a deep dive into the basic fundamentals of automotive systems. If you possess a natural aptitude for mechanical work and see yourself diagnosing, repairing and fine-tuning vehicles, this program is your gateway to building a future in the automotives field. 

Key information

Tuition$38,280 CAD
CredentialDiploma
Length2 years
HoursFull-time
DeliveryIn-person; classroom-based
CampusBroadway (1155 East Broadway)
Start datesSeptember 2024, January 2025
Program flyerSee here

What you’ll learn

Throughout the four terms, students will learn about engines and brakes, electrical systems and transmissions, vehicle structure and design, and gain expertise in the diagnosis and repair of automotive-related issues. 

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be ready to:

  • Oversee the inventory of automotive parts
  • Oversee customer service within an automotive shop
  • Describe the workings of various automotive parts 
  • Describe the purpose, function and operation of automotive parts
  • Assess, communicate and recommend suitable preventive maintenance and service options for a range of automotive applications
  • Communicate with customers and stakeholders 
  • Provide insights into the purpose and functioning of emerging automotive technology, such as zero emission vehicles and advanced driver-assist systems

Courses 

Each course is worth 3 credits. Each term, students will take 15 credits, for a total of 60 credits by the end of the 2-year program. Examples of courses in the program include:

Term 1

  • APST 1101 – Introduction to the Partsperson Trade 
  • APST 1105 – Standard Stock, Lubricant & Shop Supplies

Term 2

  • APST 1201 – Catalogues and Engine Components
  • APST 1203 – Canadian Occupational Health & Safety

Term 3

  • APST 2103 – Organizational Performance
  • APST 2104 – Project Management in Automotives

Term 4

  • APST 2202 – Service Advising
  • APST 2205 – Digital Marketing for Automotives

How to apply

Applications for the January 2025 Winter Term are now open here. Before applying, please read the admission requirements to ensure that you are eligible to apply. 

Admission requirements

Program-specific

To be considered, applicants must have the following program-specific requirements completed:

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Workplace Math 10 with a minimum ‘C-‘ grade or equivalent

General

Note that admission to the program is based on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible applicants who fulfill all admission criteria. 

International applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age, or a graduate of a secondary school. 

Official transcripts and educational documents must be submitted by the applicant based on their specific course or program requirements. 

English requirements

Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for all VCC applicants. For this program, applicants must demonstrate one of the following: 

  • TOEFL iBT/Home Edition – Overall 80
  • IELTS Academic/Academic Online – Overall 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • Duolingo English Test – 115
  • High School English (English-speaking countries): English 12 (C-)
  • University English (English-speaking countries): 3 credits of Undergraduate English (50%)

Future career opportunities

With an Automotive Parts and Service Technology diploma, students can take on a variety of entry-level roles within the automotive and vehicle industry. Potential job opportunities include:

  • Automotive Technician
    • Perform diagnostic assessments and repairs on vehicles, addressing mechanical, electrical, and electronic issues
  • Service Advisor
    • Assist customers by assessing their vehicle’s needs, providing recommendations, and coordinating service appointments
  • Parts Specialist
    • Work in automotive parts stores, dealerships, or warehouses, assisting customers in finding and purchasing the right replacement parts
  • Electrical Systems Technician
    • Focus on diagnosing and repairing issues related to automotive electrical systems, including wiring and electronic components
  • Preventive Maintenance Technician
    • Recommend and perform routine maintenance procedures to prevent future issues and ensure the longevity of vehicles
  • Shop Foreman or Supervisor
    • Oversee daily operations in an automotive repair shop, managing technicians and ensuring efficient workflow
  • Fleet Maintenance Technician
    • Work for companies with vehicle fleets, maintaining and repairing a variety of vehicles used in the organization
  • Customer Service Representative in Automotive Industry:
    • Provide excellent service and assist customers with inquiries, concerns, and service-related information
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Depending on the role and amount of experience, salaries within the automotive industry can range anywhere from $17.99/hour to $42.00/hour, with the median hourly wage being $28.00 in Canada. 

Source: VCC – Automotive Parts and Service Technology, Job Bank – Automotive Service Technician in Canada

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