Georgian College Automotive Technician

Last Updated on September 13, 2023 by Paschal Alvina

Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2022Owen Sound

Program description

An Automotive Service Technician performs preventative maintenance, diagnoses problems and repairs vehicle systems in cars and light trucks.

Automotive Service Technician is a trade regulated by the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeships Act 2009. Qualified Individuals may obtain a Certificate of Qualification, which confirms its holder has the skills, knowledge and experience that meet industry standards of practice for the trade.

In order to complete an apprenticeship training program in the trade, individuals must become members of the Ontario College of Trades (the College), and apprentices must remain active members for the duration of their apprenticeship.

Career opportunities

Under the Government of Canada’s National Occupational Classification list, Automotive Service Technicians are employed by motor vehicle dealers, garages, truck and trailer dealerships, and automotive speciality shops. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following positions:

  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Automotive Engine Mechanic Inspector
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Motor Vehicle Inspector and Tester
  • After Sales Service Technician
  • Parts Manager

Admission information

Admission requirements

To qualify for an apprenticeship, applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • have legal permission to work in Canada (for example, have a valid social insurance number)
  • have a sponsor in Ontario

Admission details

An apprenticeship involves practical training provided on-the-job by a skilled worker, or trainer. The skills or competencies to be developed are set out by the trade’s apprenticeship training standard and are recognized by the industry as being essential to the practice of the trade.

As these essential skills are developed, the apprentice’s sponsor or trainer signs the relevant sections of the training standard to indicate that the apprentice has met the individual training objectives by demonstrating the skills required of a skilled worker, or journeyperson, in the trade.

To advance through the levels of the apprenticeship program, an individual must have completed all of the units outlined in the previous level (i.e. complete Level 1 before advancing to Level 2).


Communications courses

  • ASAB 1000 – Work Practices (Semester 1)
  • ASAB 1001 – Engine Systems (Semester 1)
  • ASAB 1002 – Electrical/Electronic and Emissions Systems (Semester 1)
  • ASAB 1003 – Drive Train Systems (Semester 1)
  • ASAB 1004 – Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems (Semester 1)

Two Automotive Business students smiling at each other while sitting on the pavement in front of a sky blue Mazda sports car

Turn your passion for cars into a career

Automotive Business Ontario College Diploma, Co-op program

Accelerate your business education in the automotive industry. Unique co-op and networking opportunities. Excellent grad employment rates.

Program information

Program description

In this program, students are prepared for professional and essential support positions in the automotive industry by providing general business and specialized automotive education. Through eight months of co-op work experience and opportunities to network with industry professionals, students explore the automotive industry and learn from industry experts. Upon completion of the program students have the skills, knowledge, and experience to build a career across a broad range of sectors in the automotive industry.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Winter 2022Barrie
Summer 2022Barrie
Fall 2022Barrie

What are the admission requirements for the Automotive Business program?

Automotive Business admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 111 or 12 Mathematics (C, M, or U)
1Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics (MBF3C or MCF3M) 

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

What career paths can I take in automotive business?

Your Automotive Business diploma gives you many career opportunities

The automotive industry is one of the largest industries in Canada and globally, consisting of a variety of sectors: retail (dealerships), manufacturing, distribution, aftermarket, finance, marketing, and media. This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level to mid-level management business positions throughout all sectors of the automotive industry in Canada. Graduates have applied for careers in a variety of business-related professions, in areas such as marketing, sales, operations, customer service, finance, and accounting.

Why study Automotive Business at Georgian?


  • Become a future leader in the automotive industry with an employment rate of over 90 per cent
  • Start your automotive career with endless opportunities in dealership operations, vehicle manufacturers, aftermarket and more
  • Gain automotive industry experience and build your network with up to 12 months of paid co-op work terms
  • $150,000 in scholarships and awards offered every year
  • Attend automotive industry conferences, networking events, class trips and hear from industry-leading guest speakers
  • Experiential learning at its best: Take part in the Georgian College Auto Show, our student-run, outdoor learning lab that allows our students to get hands-on experience with major manufacturers and the public

Flex MORE. Study Automotive Business online part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

  • Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go
  • Online and evening courses that fit your schedule
  • MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.

What courses are included in the Automotive Business diploma program?

Course overview

17 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
2 Program Option Courses
3 General Education Courses
2 Co-op Work Terms

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Automotive Business program outline.

  • ACCT 1000 – Financial Accounting Principles 1
  • AUTO 1000 – Concepts of the Automotive Industry
  • AUTO 1001 – Introduction to Automotive Technology
  • BUSI 1001 – Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
  • MKTG 1000 – Introduction to Marketing
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

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