Automotive Service Technology


Learn the latest tools and techniques in automotive diagnostics and repair including engines, fuel systems, tires, brakes, electronics, and transmissions.

Tuition: 36477*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-automotive-service-technology.pdf
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Jan, May, Sep

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Practice safely including complying with WorkSafe BC and WHMIS regulations.
  • Apply employability and communication skills while working in a businesslike manner.
  • Utilize hand, measuring, and power tools and equipment safely and effectively.
  • Provide general automotive maintenance services including lubrication and fluids, belts and hoses, exterior lamps, body trim and hardware, tires and wheels, non-friction bearings and spindles and hubs.
  • Assess, diagnose and service hydraulic, drum brake, disc brake, power assist and anti-lock brake systems.
  • Assess, diagnose and service steering systems.
  • Assess, diagnose and service suspension systems.
  • Describe and diagnose electrical, electronic, and ignition systems.
  • Analyze and diagnose On Board Diagnostic (OBD) System data using advanced electrical test equipment including computer controls, multiplex and network systems.
  • Identify and service fuel delivery systems, fuel types, alternate fuels, and gasoline fuel injection components.
  • Describe and test engine management systems including input sensors and output actuators.
  • Describe new vehicle technology and hybrid systems.
  • Describe and service vehicle pre- and post-combustion systems, emissions, test OBD-II evaporative emission systems, and perform exhaust gas analysis.

What to expect

Students in the Automotive Service Technology Diploma will work in classroom and shop environments to gain the theoretical knowledge and hands on experience to succeed in the automotive technology industry. The initial courses focus on students learning and practicing tool kit use, identifying tools, mechanical technology as used on the shop floor, as well as understanding and identifying design structures of tools and technology. This will all be undertaken following the principles of safety and WHMIS. Once mastery of this is achieved, students will learn the theory and practice to the specific components of vehicle repairs.

Throughout the classroom experience students will learn through a variety of teaching and learning styles such as group work, presentations, lectures and examinations.

In the shop environment, students apply the theory they acquired in class to diagnose, service, and repair all components of vehicles through hands on-projects, tasks and assessments.

Admission requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Workplace Math 10 or equivalent

Note: Relevant trades experience can be assessed for entrance into the program.


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • Basic computer skills
  • Good general health and respiratory condition
  • Physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy parts and equipment as required by the program
  • Ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • Mechanical aptitude and interest
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Good hand-eye co-ordination
  • Good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • Good line, form and depth perception
  • Possession of valid driver's license

Courses *

Classes are generally held 4 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Class times are subject to change.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

11700 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 36477
Student union283
College initiative183
Materials644 not including textbooks
Campus resource365
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)85
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 570
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 644
Program-specific extra fees0
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

This is an international cohort program. As international cohorts are exclusively for international students, international fees apply throughout the duration of the program

Apply now

Jan 2025
(Winter term)
February 01, 2024
May 2025
(Spring/Summer term)
June 01, 2024
Sep 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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