If you’re already working in the automotive industry, the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program will give your career as a mechanic an added boost. Over the duration of this four-year apprenticeship, you’ll develop your confidence through a mix of on-the-job training, technical experience and theory.

You’ll spend 80 per cent of your time with a qualified service technician in the shop. For the remaining eight weeks each year, you’ll be in our classrooms and shops, learning from skilled instructors and training on the same industry-standard equipment you’ll use on the job. When you graduate, you’ll have the theory behind the mechanics and the hands-on experience employers look for.

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Career Opportunities

After completing your apprenticeship, you’ll be ready for work in:

  • Automotive Shops
  • Car and Truck Dealerships
  • Organizations with Vehicle Fleets
  • Service Facilities
  • Specialty Repair Shops

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of your class time is spent in the shop working with a qualified service technician


the average salary of an Automotive Service Technician



Late August

Credential / Accreditation

Certified 'Journeyman' Papers


4 years

Dates and Deadlines

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Academic Centre

Centre for Trades

Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit
Fall 2024


This program is not available for International Students.

Academic requirements
  • Successful completion of English 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, or entrance exam.
  • English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 30 or Chemistry 30 or Science 30 and related career and technology studies recommended.

Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.

To arrange a tour, call 403.320.3366 or toll-free 1.800.572.0103.

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board

Provincial Building, Room 280
200 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge AB   T1J 4C7

Telephone: 1-800-248-4823
Outside of North America: 1-403-476-9757
Fax: 403-381-5795

Ask about the Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship Program. You might discover you’re eligible for a financial award!

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Delivery Formats

The Automotive Service Technician program is an apprenticeship program delivered face-to-face on campus but may have some blended and hyflex components.


Apprenticeship programs require eight to 12 weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training. You’ll work with an employer and our experienced instructors to gain the best of both worlds as you work and earn money while training.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Apprenticeship programs require eight weeks of classroom training each year, in addition to on-the-job training. 

Courses include:
  • Automatic transmissions and transaxles
  • Basic Maintenance
  • Brake systems
  • Diesel fuel systems
  • Drive axle assemblies
  • Electrical 1
  • Electrical 2
  • Electrical 3
  • Electrical systems diagnosis
  • Emission control systems
  • Engines
  • Fuel systems
  • HVAC systems
  • Hybrid electrical vehicles
  • Ignition systems
  • Manual transmissions, transaxles and clutches
  • Safety, materials and tools
  • Suspension and steering
  • Transfer Cases
  • Vehicle system management, integration and vehicle networks
  • Workplace coaching skills and red seal standards

New Apprentice Orientation Booklet 


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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

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