What you will learn
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Apply the skills and knowledge necessary to perform as a Level 1 Automotive Collision Repair Technician as per the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia, provincial program standards;
- Evaluate completed repairs for consistency, accuracy and quality according to industry specifications and standards;
- Adhere to industry health and safety standards in the repair and reconditioning of automotive vehicles;
- Practice professional etiquette in a team environment;
- Apply occupational essential skills outlined by Essential Skills Development Canada in the Essential Skills profile for Motor Vehicle Body Repairers.
What to expect
This program provides a wide range of opportunities for student learning in classroom, shop and workplace settings. In addition to hands-on practical experience at VCC's own state of the art automotive collision repair and refinishing facility instructional activities such as lectures, demonstrations, group work, peer assessment, reflective journaling, and project based learning strategies may be used throughout the program.
See the ITA Youth Train in Trades Program website for additional details.
Applicants are invited to meet with two members of their school district and the head of VCC's auto collision department. This interview, which takes place in a high school within the school district, screens applicants as to their suitability for the program. Applicants are asked to bring a resume and letter of reference from a school counsellor or teacher to the interview.
Applicants are required to attend an information session at the Broadway campus. Parents and teachers are welcome.
Successful candidates will complete a VCC application and register for September.
Applicants do not apply to VCC directly. Interested BC secondary school students, teachers and counselors are directed to contact the Career Program Coordinator or Administrator for their school district. See the ITA Youth Train in Trades Program website for details (http://youth.itabc.ca/programs/train/).
- Applicants must have minimum basic computer skills and access to an internet-connected computer/mobile device.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- Personal hygiene, grooming and appearance acceptable to a service industry;
- Good hand dexterity for operating equipment and machines;
- Command of oral and written English;
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction;
- 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 hand-eye coordination;
- Good eyesight and colour vision;
- Good line, form and depth perception;
- Possession of valid BC driver's license.
Program general hours
Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
|ACRT 1110||Occupational Skills and Safety 1||2.5|
|ACRT 1111||Tools and Equipment 1||1.5|
|ACRT 1114||Sheet Metal Repair 1||4.5|
|ACRT 1115||Plastics and Composites 1||1|
|ACRT 1116||Surface Preparation 1||1|
|ACRT 1117||Construction and Components 1||3|
|ACRT 1120||Welding, Heating and Cutting Steel 1||3|
|ACRT 1121||Automotive Detailing||1|
|ACRT 1210||Occupational Skills and Safety 2||1|
|ACRT 1215||Plastics and Composites 2||1|
|ACRT 1224||Sheet Metal Repair 2||3|
|ACRT 1226||Surface Preparation 2||1|
|ACRT 1227||Construction and Components 2||2|
|ACRT 1240||Welding, Heating and Cutting Steel 2||1|
|ACRT 1290||Industry Work Experience||7|
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
1596 - Term 1
1459 - Term 2
0 - Term 3
0 - Term 4
|Materials||317||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program specific extra fees||0|
Applicants do not apply to VCC directly. Interested students are directed to contact the career program coordinator or administrator for their school district.