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Automobile Mechanics

About the program

(16 months)

If you love cars, then you’ve come to the right place. NOVA has been designated as the provincial Centre of Expertise for Automobile Mechanics. This program has a very diverse curriculum and is made up of nearly 30 learning modules. An automobile mechanic’s work is more than just maintaining motor vehicles in perfect working order. It’s making sure cars are optimized for performance, are safe, and conform to environmental standards. Technology moves fast and mechanics need to be aware of the latest technical information so they can efficiently diagnose problems. Mechanics need to understand manufacturers drawings, diagrams, specifications and car maker recommendations. The ability to communicate with clients, think and solve problems, as well as work independently, are also essential qualities in this service driven industry. Get your hands dirty and discover the trade through applied learning and practical training. Our program helps you stay ahead of the curve and discover the most up to date methods, procedures, and skills essential to the trade and a successful career in the automotive world (approximate costs: $845).

Skills you will learn

  • The ability to diagnose computer, fuel injection and ABS systems with a scanner (Tech-2 / Snap-on)
  • How to use a Digital Volt Ohm Meter (DVOM) to solve electrical and computer problems.
  • An understanding of steering and front-end mechanics with electronic wheel Alignment.
  • Overall proficiency that will qualify you as a general technician with the ability to work on any part of the automobile.

Did you know

  • Automobile mechanics are among the occupations currently in highest demand all over Quebec.
  • Due to the increasing number of vehicles and advanced technologies, there is an on-going demand for trained, specialized mechanics.
  • Upon fulfilling apprenticeship requirements, students may test for Red Seal trade certification which allows students to work in other provinces.


What license will I get at the end of the course?

You will receive a diploma from the government and your 2nd semester Apprentice card.

What kind of pay can I expect upon graduation?

Depending on the employer, your pay scale can range anywhere from $12.00 – $15.00 per hour to start.

How long before I receive my Journeyman’s card?

After a year in the trade, you will receive your 3rd semester Apprentice card. After one more year of onsite work, you would be eligible to take the exam to acquire the Journeyman’s Card.

Program available at the following Centre


Start dates

Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (April) - Day and Evening courses available