Innovation in Automotive Training

Information package

The type of work that automotive tradespeople do is being transformed. The development and expansion of electric vehicle sales have driven a need for new skills and expertise in automotive repair and maintenance. 

Automotive Industries Association of Canada has joined forces with Conestoga College, Fanshawe College, Mohawk College, St. Lawrence College and Plug N’ Drive to offer FREE training programs to develop new expertise and skills in the auto care industry. 

Conestoga College

Career Exploration training

The Career Exploration training program consists of a hands-on exploratory experience for automotive industry job seekers to learn to work on a variety of cars with special emphasis on ICE (internal combustion engines) vehicles and new technologies. Participants may be eligible for supports like work boots, basic tools, safety equipment, reference books, etc. as well as transportation assistance.

Your instructor

To be announced

Training details

Schedule 
 
The training schedule and dates will be made available over the upcoming weeks for the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 cohorts. 

This program consists of 2-3 days a week for seven consecutive weeks of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor.

Location

Conestoga College, Guelph Campus

460 Speedvale Ave W

Guelph, Ontario

N1E 1P1

How to apply to Career Exploration training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at Conestoga College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Electric Vehicle Up-skilling training

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Up-skilling training program is an up-skilling course allowing current licensed automotive technicians and senior level apprentices to develop maintenance and repair skills relating to EVs. 

Your instructor

To be announced

Training details

Schedule

Consult the Summer 2024 course calendar. Training takes place starting June 6, 2024.

This program consists of 8-hour modules (8 modules available) of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor tailored to individual needs and interests.

Conduct one module over the course of two consecutive Thursday evenings or in one Saturday (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

The training schedule and dates for the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 cohorts will be made available in the coming weeks.

Location

Conestoga College, Guelph Campus

460 Speedvale Ave W

Guelph, Ontario

N1E 1P1

How to apply to EV Up-skilling training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at Conestoga College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) training

The Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) training program is an up-skilling course allowing current licensed automotive technicians and senior level apprentices to understand ADAS as well as develop maintenance and repair skills relating to ADAS.

Your instructor

To be announced.

Training details

Schedule

The training schedule and dates will be made available over the upcoming weeks for the Spring 2024, Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 cohorts. 

This program consists of 12 hours of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor. 

 

Location

Conestoga College, Guelph Campus

460 Speedvale Ave W

Guelph, Ontario

N1E 1P1

How to apply to ADAS training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at Conestoga College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Your training consultant

Contact your training consultant to pose your questions and inquiries concerning the training program best suited for your needs or for additional information on the trainings offered at Conestoga College.

Micaela Korb, Senior Project Coordinator, Innovation in Automotive Training

Micaela Korb

Senior Project Coordinator

Innovation in Automotive Training

Email: micaela.korb@aiacanada.com 

Cellphone: +1 (226) 962-7542

Fanshawe College

Career Exploration training

The Career Exploration training program consists of a hands-on exploratory experience for automotive industry job seekers to learn to work on a variety of cars with special emphasis on ICE (internal combustion engines) vehicles and new technologies. Participants may be eligible for supports like work boots, basic tools, safety equipment, reference books, etc. as well as transportation assistance.

Training details

Schedule

Consult the Spring/Summer 2024 course calendar. Training begins May 23rd, 2024.

This program consists of 2-3 days a week for seven consecutive weeks of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor.

The training schedule and dates for the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 cohorts will be made available in the coming weeks. 

Location

Fanshawe, London Campus

1001 Fanshawe College Blvd

London, Ontario

N5Y 5R6

Your instructor

Alex Cruden

At 16 of age, Alex Cruden bought his first car, a 1986 Toyota Tercel TDX painted 6 different shades of red, for $50. He fixed it up which started his life as an automotive technician. 

Alex worked as a co-op student at GM and later as an apprenticeship as a GM ASEP student. Newly married and having major attention deficit issues, Alex’s only desire was to learn enough to pass the test required to make a living fixing cars. 

At the time, licensed techs were abundant, and there was no need for him at the dealership, so he began to work at his wife’s small family business which specialized in selling performance parts for race cars. He spent the next 15 years building, servicing, and maintaining muscle cars, hot rods, trucks, and race cars. 

Alex continued his education and now holds certificates from multiple places including Holley EFI, High Performance Academy, Auburn Gear, Directed Electronics, Calibrated Success, and many more. Alex also worked for Subaru as a 310S Technician where he was certified in EV vehicles and New Technologies like ADAS systems. He now works as a Remote Tech Support for FiTech EFI systems.

Luke Grace, Fanshawe College Instructor

Luke Grace

Being In love with automobiles his whole life, Luke joined the gear wrench scene in 2000 as a service advisor. With a natural curiosity of how vehicles worked, he began working on automotive projects in his free time. He soon became a mechanic, working on a variety of vehicles from General Motors (GM) to Volkswagen (VW) to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). He further mastered this craft and was able to combine his techniques with the bucket of bolts. In 2019, Luke parked his roots at Fanshawe College while also managing a local mechanic and bodyshop part-time.

How to apply to Career Exploration training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at Fanshawe College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Electric Vehicle Up-skilling training

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Up-skilling training program is an up-skilling course allowing current licensed automotive technicians and senior level apprentices to develop maintenance and repair skills relating to EVs. 

Training details

Schedule

Consult the Summer 2024 course calendar. Training takes place starting June 15, 2024.

This program consists of 8-hour modules (8 modules available) of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor tailored to individual needs and interests.

The training schedule and dates for the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 cohorts will be made available in the coming weeks.

Location

Fanshawe, London Campus

1001 Fanshawe College Blvd

London, Ontario

N5Y 5R6

Your instructor

Alex Cruden

At 16 of age, Alex Cruden bought his first car, a 1986 Toyota Tercel TDX painted 6 different shades of red, for $50. He fixed it up which started his life as an automotive technician. 

Alex worked as a co-op student at GM and later as an apprenticeship as a GM ASEP student. Newly married and having major attention deficit issues, Alex’s only desire was to learn enough to pass the test required to make a living fixing cars. 

At the time, licensed techs were abundant, and there was no need for him at the dealership, so he began to work at his wife’s small family business which specialized in selling performance parts for race cars. He spent the next 15 years building, servicing, and maintaining muscle cars, hot rods, trucks, and race cars. 

Alex continued his education and now holds certificates from multiple places including Holley EFI, High Performance Academy, Auburn Gear, Directed Electronics, Calibrated Success, and many more. Alex also worked for Subaru as a 310S Technician where he was certified in EV vehicles and New Technologies like ADAS systems. He now works as a Remote Tech Support for FiTech EFI systems.

Luke Grace, Fanshawe College Instructor

Luke Grace

Being In love with automobiles his whole life, Luke joined the gear wrench scene in 2000 as a service advisor. With a natural curiosity of how vehicles worked, he began working on automotive projects in his free time. He soon became a mechanic, working on a variety of vehicles from General Motors (GM) to Volkswagen (VW) to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). He further mastered this craft and was able to combine his techniques with the bucket of bolts. In 2019, Luke parked his roots at Fanshawe College while also managing a local mechanic and bodyshop part-time.

How to apply to EV Up-skilling training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at Fanshawe College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) training

The Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) training program is an up-skilling course allowing current licensed automotive technicians and senior level apprentices to understand ADAS as well as develop maintenance and repair skills relating to ADAS.

Training details

Schedule

Consult the Summer 2024 course calendar. Training take place on August 15 and 16, 2024.

This program consists of 12 hours of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor.

The training schedule and dates for the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 cohorts will be made available in the coming weeks. 

Location

Fanshawe, London Campus

1001 Fanshawe College Blvd

London, Ontario

N5Y 5R6

Your instructor

Alex Cruden

At 16 of age, Alex Cruden bought his first car, a 1986 Toyota Tercel TDX painted 6 different shades of red, for $50. He fixed it up which started his life as an automotive technician. 

Alex worked as a co-op student at GM and later as an apprenticeship as a GM ASEP student. Newly married and having major attention deficit issues, Alex’s only desire was to learn enough to pass the test required to make a living fixing cars. 

At the time, licensed techs were abundant, and there was no need for him at the dealership, so he began to work at his wife’s small family business which specialized in selling performance parts for race cars. He spent the next 15 years building, servicing, and maintaining muscle cars, hot rods, trucks, and race cars. 

Alex continued his education and now holds certificates from multiple places including Holley EFI, High Performance Academy, Auburn Gear, Directed Electronics, Calibrated Success, and many more. Alex also worked for Subaru as a 310S Technician where he was certified in EV vehicles and New Technologies like ADAS systems. He now works as a Remote Tech Support for FiTech EFI systems.

Luke Grace, Fanshawe College Instructor

Luke Grace

Being In love with automobiles his whole life, Luke joined the gear wrench scene in 2000 as a service advisor. With a natural curiosity of how vehicles worked, he began working on automotive projects in his free time. He soon became a mechanic, working on a variety of vehicles from General Motors (GM) to Volkswagen (VW) to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). He further mastered this craft and was able to combine his techniques with the bucket of bolts. In 2019, Luke parked his roots at Fanshawe College while also managing a local mechanic and bodyshop part-time.

How to apply to ADAS training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at Fanshawe College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Your training consultant

Contact your training consultant to pose your questions and inquiries concerning the training program best suited for your needs or for additional information on the trainings offered at Fanshawe College.

Susan Ramroop, Senior Project Coordinator, Innovation in Automotive Training

Susan Ramroop

Senior Project Coordinator

Innovation in Automotive Training

Email: susan.ramroop@aiacanada.com

Cellphone: +1 (226) 228-2847

Mohawk College

Career Exploration training

The Career Exploration training program consists of a hands-on exploratory experience for automotive industry job seekers to learn to work on a variety of cars with special emphasis on ICE (internal combustion engines) vehicles and new technologies. Participants may be eligible for supports like work boots, basic tools, safety equipment, reference books, etc. as well as transportation assistance.

Your instructor

To be announced

Training details

Schedule

Consult the Fall 2024 course calendar. Training begins October 1st, 2024.

This program consists of 3 days a week for five consecutive weeks of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor.

The training schedule and dates for the Winter 2025 cohorts will be made available in the coming weeks. 

Location

Mohawk College, Fennell Campus

135 Fennell Ave West

Hamilton, ON

L9C 0E5

How to apply to Career Exploration training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at Mohawk College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Electric Vehicle Up-skilling training

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Up-skilling training program is an up-skilling course allowing current licensed automotive technicians and senior level apprentices to develop maintenance and repair skills relating to EVs. 

Your instructor

Bob Brown

Bob Brown has always been passionate about repairing and fixing things, and he turned his passion into practice, and a successful career. In 1985, Bob started as an apprenticeship student at Mohawk College as an MAP 40, soon achieving his 310S and 310T license. Soon after, Bob worked for a large tool and equipment company, where he was responsible for automotive consulting, technician training, sales, and mobile diagnostics to help customers fix their problem vehicles. Since 2000, he has been working at Mohawk College in the Motive Power program, teaching Motive Power Technician (MPT), Auto Service Technician (AST), Hybrid and Electric Vehicle service and repair, and much more. Bob knows the importance of continuous learning, especially with changing technology, and hopes to pass on as much knowledge as possible to students sitting in the same seats he has been in.

Training details

Schedule

Consult the Fall 2024 course calendar. Training begins September 10, 2024.

This program consists of 8-hour modules (8 modules available) of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor tailored to individual needs and interests.

Conduct one module over the course of a Friday or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The training schedule and dates for the Winter 2025 cohorts will be made available in the coming weeks. 

Location

Mohawk College, Stoney Creek Campus

493 Barton Street

Stoney Creek, Ontario

L8E 4K1

How to apply to EV Up-skilling training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at Mohawk College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) training

The Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) training program is an up-skilling course allowing current licensed automotive technicians and senior level apprentices to understand ADAS as well as develop maintenance and repair skills relating to ADAS.

Your instructor

To be announced

Training details

Schedule

Consult the Fall 2024 course calendar. Training takes place as early as October 19 and 20, 2024.

This program consists of 12 hours of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor.

The training schedule and dates for the Winter 2025 cohorts will be made available over the upcoming weeks.

Location

Mohawk College, Stoney Creek Campus

493 Barton Street

Stoney Creek, Ontario

L8E 4K1

How to apply to ADAS training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at Mohawk College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Your training consultant

Contact your training consultant to pose your questions and inquiries concerning the training program best suited for your needs or for additional information on the trainings offered at Mohawk College.

Bronwyn Lee

Program Coordinator

Innovation in Automotive Training

Email: bronwyn.lee@aiacanada.com

Cellphone: +1 (519) 830-7591

St. Lawrence College

Career Exploration training

The Career Exploration training program consists of a hands-on exploratory experience for automotive industry job seekers to learn to work on a variety of cars with special emphasis on ICE (internal combustion engines) vehicles and new technologies. Participants may be eligible for supports like work boots, basic tools, safety equipment, reference books, etc. as well as transportation assistance.

Your instructor

To be announced

Training details

Schedule

Consult the Summer 2024 course calendar. Training begins June 8, 2024.

This program consists of 3 days a week for five consecutive weeks of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor.

The training schedule and dates for the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 cohorts will be made available in the coming weeks. 

Location

St. Lawrence, Cornwall Campus

2 St. Lawrence Dr

Cornwall, Ontario

K6H 4Z1

How to apply to Career Exploration training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at St. Lawrence College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Electric Vehicle Up-skilling training

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Up-skilling training program is an up-skilling course allowing current licensed automotive technicians and senior level apprentices to develop maintenance and repair skills relating to EVs. 

Your instructor

Cameron Duncan

Cameron Duncan brings over a decade of experience, a long list of skills, and a positive and engaging attitude to the classroom at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. Cameron started out as an apprentice over ten years ago and has climbed the industry ladder, where he is now a full-time licensed fleet mechanic and Professor of Automotive Technology at St. Lawrence College.  

Showing no interest in slowing down, he continues to learn and earn certificates in his own time. From being certified in welding by the Canadian Welding Bureau, becoming an electric and hybrid vehicle specialist at Hyundai, to winning awards throughout his career, Cameron Duncan is excited to bring his skills and expertise to the Innovation in Automotive Training program.

Training details

Schedule

The training schedule and dates will be made available over the upcoming weeks for the Spring 2024, Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 cohorts. 

This program consists of 8-hour modules (8 modules available) of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor tailored to individual needs and interests.

Conduct one module over the course of a Friday or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location

St. Lawrence, Cornwall Campus

2 St. Lawrence Dr

Cornwall, Ontario

K6H 4Z1

How to apply to EV Up-skilling training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at St. Lawrence College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) training

The Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) training program is an up-skilling course allowing current licensed automotive technicians and senior level apprentices to understand ADAS as well as develop maintenance and repair skills relating to ADAS.

Your instructor

To be announced

Training details

Schedule

The training schedule and dates will be made available over the upcoming weeks for the Spring 2024, Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 cohorts. 

This program consists of 12 hours of in-person theoretical and hands-on training led by a college instructor.

Location

St. Lawrence, Cornwall Campus

2 St. Lawrence Dr

Cornwall, Ontario

K6H 4Z1

How to apply to ADAS training

Complete and submit the Innovation in Automotive Training participant application form to apply for the training at St. Lawrence College.

Questions?

Contact your training consultant.

Your training consultant

Contact your training consultant to pose your questions and inquiries concerning the training program best suited for your needs or for additional information on the trainings offered at St. Lawrence College.

Larry MacDonell

Program Coordinator

Innovation in Automotive Training

Email: larry.macdonell@aiacanada.com

Cellphone: +1 (613) 790-4804

Park N Fly Benefits

How the program works

  • Members select their departure city from the drop-down menu
    1. Choose Valet or Self-Park where applicable
    2. Enter their outbound and return dates
    3. Click find your rate
    4. The rates will automatically load
    5. Print a copy of the coupon
  • When exiting the lot
    1. Scan the printed Park’N Fly coupon at the Self-Park pay station
  • If members are using a Valet location
    • Hand a copy of the printed voucher to the agent at check-out or give them the discount code 1120313 once the code is entered by the agent the rate will automatically append to the AIA Canada rate program.
  • Discount Code 1120313
  • At check out members simply scan their pre-printed coupon the Valet or Self-Park pay station
  • When exiting the lot
    • Select form of payment
      1. Credit card
      2. Debit card
    • If they have any difficulties simply
      1. Manually enter 1120313 at the pay station and the rate will be applied
    • Scan the Park’N Fly ticket