If you feel your best working under the hood of every car you see, you’ll find success with your mechanical aptitude in the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program.

See the Courses tab below for details on program delivery.


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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.

Developing your confidence through theory and skill, the four-year apprenticeship mixes on-the-job work with technical experience and theory.

You’ll spend 80 per cent of your time with a qualified service technician in the shop. For the remaining time, 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 confidence to advise customers on work to be performed, general vehicle condition and repair requirements. You’ll have the theory behind the mechanics as well as the hands-on experience employers are looking for.

Take your career as an automotive mechanic further, and apply for your apprenticeship today!

Career opportunities

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

  • service facilities
  • automotive shops
  • specialty repair shops
  • car and truck dealerships
  • organizations with vehicle fleets
Duration: 4 years
Credential: Certified 'Journeyman' Papers
Delivery Format

A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.


Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.


Learning Environment

Apprenticeship programs require eight to 12 weeks of classroom training each year, in addition to on-the-job training.

Courses include:

  • Emission control systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Hybrid electrical vehicles
  • Vehicle system management, integration and vehicle networks
  • Manual transmissions, transaxles and clutches
  • Suspension and steering

View the full course outline for the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship.

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.

Please note: You must be a registered apprentice to apply for this program. Information on how to become a registered apprentice is available on the Alberta Government's website.

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


You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.

To arrange a tour, call 403-320-3322 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!

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $784.00 $141.25 $366.55
Year 2 $784.00 $141.25 $132.90
Year 3 $784.00 $141.25 $113.30
Year 4 $784.00 $141.25 $85.90

Our Budget Wizard is a free self-service tool that can help you make sense of your finances and the cost of your education. Give it a try!

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An industry in need of skilled workers

Regardless of the economy, trades are an essential component of any society.

A cultural shift towards university education and bachelor’s degrees has meant an aging population in the trades has fewer and fewer skilled workers to pass the wrench to. Regardless of the economy, trades are an essential component of any society. Check out the Canadian Government’s job market profile as well as Alberta’s occupational profile for a look at your prospects in the automotive service industry.

Hands-on, immersive training

Investing in the workforce of tomorrow
Investing in the workforce of tomorrow

A modern facility dedicated to training the next generation of service technicians.


Investing in the workforce of tomorrow

The Crooks School of Transportation resides within the first phase of the Technologies, Trades and Innovation Facility. This 41,317 square-foot building was made possible by Art and Mary Jane Crooks as well as the generosity and ongoing support of our industry partners. They have invested in the workforce of tomorrow – they have invested in you.

The Crooks School of Transportation features:

  • 14 hoists in the automotive lab
  • four agricultural and heavy equipment bays
  • three dynamometers, or "dynos" for short (an engine dyno, a chassis dyno and a transmission dyno), which are devices used for measuring the power produced by an engine, motor or other rotating prime mover
  • the Western Tractor Technology Lab, an advanced agricultural technology room supplied with industry-leading technology from Western Tractor

“As business people, we realize just how important the trades are,” said Art Crooks at the unveiling. “We know the ‘old gang’ is retiring and we need new people to take their place. The purely academic stream has been overemphasized and students are not always encouraged to enter a trade, yet they provide professional and rewarding careers in which skilled people can make a good living. When we moved here, we became much more aware of the work being done by Lethbridge College in trades education. We hope our gift helps keep students in Lethbridge and makes training at Lethbridge College as accessible as possible.”

To be the workforce of tomorrow
To be the workforce of tomorrow

…you need to train on the tools used by tomorrow’s industry.


To be the workforce of tomorrow

…you need to train on the tools used by tomorrow’s industry.

When your program uses state-of-the-art tools that are often ahead of the standard currently used in the industry, you know you’re being trained for the workforce of tomorrow. In addition to all of the standard tools you’ll find in an automotive shop, we have all of the major car manufacturers’ factory scan tools and three dynamometers: an engine dyno, a transmission dyno and a four-wheel chassis dyno – the only one in use at a post-secondary institution in Alberta.

Skills Canada
Skills Canada

Testing the best and brightest in skilled trades and technology.


Skills Canada

After a year or two here, you’ll have what it takes to compete with the best of the best in your field on the provincial and national stage at Skills Canada. The Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. It’s an experience of lifetime, with the possibility of being named the nation’s best in your chosen field. That opportunity starts with the exceptional hands-on training you’ll receive at Lethbridge College.

Red Seal designation

The ultimate goal of your apprenticeship is to work towards obtaining a journeyman and Red Seal designation at the end of four years. The Red Seal is the Canadian standard for excellence in skilled trades and is respected nationally and globally, opening up doors for your career.

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship and exams, you’ll receive a Red Seal endorsement on your provincial trade certification. And with that designation, you’ll be able to go from here to anywhere in the country.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Christopher W. Hay

“I am happy to be back at Lethbridge College as an instructor. This is my second year instructing at the college.”

– From Spring 2016 Wider Horizons

Rob Bernshaw

Since graduation, Rob has earned a diploma in Telecommunications Technology from NAIT and works as an offsite service vehicle operator for the Alberta Motor Association in Edmonton. He maintains an active interest in electronics and telecommunications and attends the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He stays active in his community volunteering for Santa’s Anonymous Toy Run and with the AMA Safety Patrol. Rob was chosen as an Olympic torch bearer and will carry the Olympic flame near Grassy Lake this month as it makes its way to Vancouver.

– From Winter 2010 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons

Virtual tour

Take a walk through one of the automotive shops in the Crooks School of Transportation. It could be your classroom.