The TADA and Fiat Chrysler (FCA - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) sponsored Automotive Service Technician (8226) Co-Op Diploma program provides training for entry-level technician positions in the field of automotive service and repair. While the primary focus of the program is Automotive Diagnosis and Repair, other aspects of automotive dealership operations are included. The content and delivery methods used in the program allow graduates to obtain vast amounts of knowledge required for them to meet the demands when they enter fast-paced environments of modern dealership Service Departments. Graduates of the program will be eligible for positions as Apprentice Automotive Service Technicians. While having obtained technical training and product knowledge, graduates would have developed critical thinking skills and diagnostic routines, which will increase their confidence in the field while at the same time making them valuable assets to potential employers.
As a student in this program, you will spend your first eight months in class learning your craft at our impressive training facilities at Ashtonbee Campus. Over the next eight months, you will apply what you have learned through a paid work placement as a registered apprentice at a TADA or FCA partnered dealership. You will spend your final eight months back at school preparing for a successful career in the automotive industry.
The in-school curriculum focuses on product description, operation, diagnostics and repair as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. You will also learn the management, customer service, English and general education skills you will need for a broad range of employment opportunities in the automotive field. Along with the classroom sessions, you will train and practice what you have learned on a wide range of automobiles and components in fully equipped automotive labs. Additional technical lessons include access to factory training from the college's various partners (as applicable), Advanced Diagnostics, Hybrid and Alternate Fuel Training are also part of the program.
As a graduate, you will have earned a Motive Power Technician Diploma, an Ozone Depletion Prevention (ODP) certificate and will have completed levels 1 and 2 of the Ontario AST apprenticeship in-school curriculum within two years. You will then be ready to return to school for your level 3 on a traditional apprenticeship.
The official Ministry name for this program is Motive Power Technician - Technical.