Program OverviewPrinter Friendly
Sooner or later, every car owner will need to get their vehicle fixed. Becoming an automotive technician will secure your place in the automotive industry as the pro every driver turns to. We’ll turn you into an expert by giving you real-life experience through hands-on learning with the actual cars you’ll be working on in your career. Build a career doing something everyone needs.
Our program partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) means you will spend a third of your time working as an apprentice in an FCA dealership. That’s right! You get paid while you gain valuable real-world experience and earn a college diploma!
Why this program?
The Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship is a unique program that will provide you with the highest level of apprenticeship technical training Centennial College offers. The School of Transportation's facilities at Ashtonbee Campus make up the province's largest transportation training hub. At these state-of-the-art labs, top-notch industry veterans will walk you through a perfect balance of the theoretical and practical elements you will need as you begin your career.
During your time in the FCA apprenticeship program, you will amass industry-specific knowledge and hands-on experience in cutting-edge automotive labs, while gaining specialized knowledge of Fiat and Chrysler products. That experience and base of knowledge will put you at the top of the candidate list for prime opportunities within the industry.
Do you have your sights set on a university degree? Qualified graduates may be eligible to receive degree credit with our partnering institutions through our pathway program.
What can I expect?
You will spend eight months in class learning your craft, eight months as a registered apprentice at a paid work placement in an FCA dealership, and a final eight months back at school to prepare for a successful career in the automotive industry.
During your time studying at the School of Transportation, you will:
- Train on Fiat and Chrysler automobiles and components
- Focus on Fiat and Chrysler product description, operation, diagnostics, and repair, as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum
- Obtain additional technical Fiat and Chrysler factory training, advanced diagnostics and hybrid/alternative fuels training
- Attend courses in management and customer service training, English and general education that will help prepare you for a broad range of employment opportunities in the automotive field
What do I have when I’m done?
As a graduate, you will have earned an Ontario college diploma and completed your entire Ontario apprenticeship in-school curriculum within two years. You will be qualified, employment-ready, and have future management potential.
When you begin your co-op placement, you will be registered as an apprentice with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and will be eligible for up to $4,000 in grants and tax incentives.
Are you already an apprentice? No problem. You may apply to enter this program at various levels by contacting the program coordinator, Garrett Nalepka.
Students successfully completing this program will receive a Motive Power Technician diploma.
After graduating from The Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship program, you may start or continue your apprenticeship with several possible career paths in mind.
The following links will be beneficial to you if you wish to learn more about apprenticeships and the industry:
Program OutlinePrinter Friendly
|Course Code||Course Title|
|COOP-522||Coop Work Placement Period|
|Course Code||Course Title|
|COOP-523||Coop Work Placement Period|
|Course Code||Course Title|
|Busn-121||Introduction to Organizational Behaviour|
|DACO-611||Fixed Operations Management|
|DAST-301||Electronic Climate Control|
|DAST-305||Drive Train Systems|
|DAST-607||Advanced Electrical & Diagnostics|
|DAST-608||Diesel, Hybrid and Alternate Fuel Technology|
|GNED||General Education Elective|
Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:
- Algoma University, Ontario
- Conestoga College, Ontario
- Laurentian University, Ontario
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
- Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario
- Automotive service technician
- Service writer
- Service advisor
- Service and parts manager
- Automotive manufacturer specialist
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
To register for the Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship program, you must have:
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent.
- English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
- Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or Grade 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission
- Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Ontario and have an Ontario driver's license.
- Applicants must attend a program admission session where they will participate in an interview with faculty. The interview will be based on the following documents the applicants are required to bring to the session:
- A completed job readiness questionnaire [link to questionnaire] [Please provide link to questionnaire]
- A resume
- Only applicants who have submitted English and Mathematics grades will be invited to the program admission session.
- After we receive official transcripts showing that you meet the English and mathematics requirements, you will be sent a letter with instructions on how to prepare for and how to book the program admission session.
- Completion of all courses from semester one.
- A minimum of C (60%) grade in COMM-160/161, or Accuplacer placement testing at the COMM-170/171 level.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of semester 1 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
- Students who meet the above prerequisites will register for COOP-521 in semester 2
- Students must be eligible to work in Canada
How to Apply
How to ApplyPrinter Friendly
1. Apply Online
If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.
If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.
All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.
2. Submit Documents
Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.
Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.
Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).
For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.
3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.
You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.
You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.
When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.
4. Pay Fees
Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.
You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.
5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)
Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.
Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April
Your web-registration will not open if:
You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.
Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Incidental Fees||Total|