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1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 0M6| Phone: 604-939-9201| Contact Us
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime


Occupation Description: 
Automotive Service Technicians possess the full range of knowledge and abilities required to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose problems and repair vehicle systems including engines, vehicle management, hybrids, steering, braking, tires, wheels, drivetrains, suspension, electr​ical, electronics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), restraints, trim and accessories of automotive vehicles and light trucks with a gross vehicle weight less than 5,500 kg.

Application Process/Steps​

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break
    • look over all th e information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, training, etc
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • still have questions?  book an appointment to talk to the Principal Benjamin King, to learn more: Booking App
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)  
  • (post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly for following school year

Students: feel free to contact Benjamin via email ( or text/call (778-984-1354) at any time during the application process

Time Commitment

  • 1 intake​: all of semester 2 (early February to late June)
  • 5 months long
  • 5 days a week:  Monday to Friday
  • 8.00am to 2.00pm

Student Eligibility

  • limited to 16 (potentially 18) students
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • the Ministry of Education h​as allowed students to take this program after graduating, but they must:
    • talk to their counselor well in advance (early January of gr 12 - course selection time)​
    • talk to the district coordinator well in advance (early January of gr 12​)
    • complete a 'transition plan' (see district coordinator)
    • have a plan of action​ between June (grad) and Feb (start of sem 2)
      • ex: take Auto 12, work in an auto shop, upgrade math skills,...
  • must have government-issued photo ID that is current/valid on the β€‹ITA exam date in mid-June (ex: a driver's license, BC ID, or passport)

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $400 for course materials, textbook, tools, ​etc

Location + Transportation

  • Centennial Secondary School
    ​(but you graduate from your 'home school')
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian​


  • we recognize this trade is rapidly evolving to include more and more electronics and technologies (as evident with more hybrids and electric cars on the road), and for this reason we modified the pre-reqs that have been used in the past - students can now either do:
    • Auto 11 and​ Auto 12, or
    • Auto 11 and either Physics 11 and/or Robotics 11 (or equivalent)
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • excellent attendance + lat​es record while in high school
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time

Skills + Attributes

  • ability to trouble shoot and problem solve
  • patience and accuracy
  • love of fixing things​




School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828