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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

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l​ook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin​g, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and apply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appointment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the QR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • submit to your counsellor at your high school

​after Spring Break to late April

    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school

​mid-May into June

    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • ​​enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ​ensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits

Intakes & 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

Available Seats

  • There are 18 seats available for this program.

Student Eligibility

  • 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​


  • General
    • Analytical, Coordinated, Resourceful, and Systematic
  • Key Job 
    • Vehicle Repair & Maintenance, Troubleshooting, Specialized Tools & Equipment, Brake/Steering/Suspension/Electrical Systems, and Engine Mechanics & Components


  • 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 - studen​ts 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


Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ​Ben King
Principal of Trades & Transitions:​




School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

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