Motorcycle and Power Equipment Technician (Small Engine Mechanic), Foundation


Program Name:

Motorcycle and Power Equipment Technician (Small Engine Mechanic), Foundation

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Career Sector:

Mechanical Trades


Saanich’s 3-prong vision for any trade bound student is: Graduation, successful completion of Level One technical training, and becoming indentured as a Youth Work In Trades apprentice.

Program Description:

  • Motorcycle and Power Equipment Technician is a 20 week, full time Foundation Training Program.
  • This program is designed to provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enter the trade. This includes core skills such as safety, tools and equipment, and employability. It also provides the students with hands-on training to perform service operations such as new unit assembly and full service; repair electrical components; and to service chassis, wheels, suspensions, final drives, and accessories.


British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby

Post Secondary Partner:

British Columbia Institute of Technology


All South Island Partnership Programs are available to any Saanich “school aged” student registered in any Saanich District school and meeting the prerequisites for the specific program.


  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • English 12 (50%) or 
  • Communications 12 (67%) or
  • 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences (50%) from a recognized institution or
  • BCIT English Trades Entry Assessment (for applicants who have two years of education in an English-speaking country only)  What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

Math: one of the following:|

  • Any Math 10 or
  • |BCIT Math Trades Entry Assessment

Please note: This program is also offered in a high school setting; applicants who will be attending a high school site will be required to undergo a criminal record check. Applicants can contact their local police department to obtain the appropriate forms. Please be aware that the outcome of the criminal record check may influence your acceptability at this site.

  • Successful completion of the school-based component of a Youth Train In Trades Automotive Service Technician program (eg “Auto-Tech”)

  • Relevant Work Experience: a minimum of 120 hours of directly related work experience


  • Registered Youth Apprentice (Youth WORK In Trades) with Industry Training Authority of BC

  • Substantial (800 to 1000) hours of relevant Work-Based Training logged as a youth apprentice in industry

Application Process:

Students must meet with their school based Career Counsellor to initiate the application process.  They must complete a current Camosun “program application” package, ensure they meet the minimum prerequisites, and complete a three/four year transition plan.  Once the student’s application has been accepted and the student has been offered a seat in the program of choice, the student will be supported to complete an online Camosun Registration where they will pay the application fee of $90.00.

Credits Earned:

  • Students will earn credit for 2 “dual credit” Automotive Service Technician courses equalling 8 credits toward graduation
  • Motorcycle and Power Equipment Technician PSIA 12A and PSIA 12B

Materials / Equipment / Cost:

  • There is no tuition cost, but students are required to pay an application fee of $90.00.
  • CSA approved safety glasses and footwear required. Footwear must be steel toed, leather, ankle covering boots.
  • Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.
  • Textbook fees are approximately $400.
Transition Process:

  • In keeping with our vision for a trade bound student, we ultimately want to see the student become indentured as an apprentice in industry.  For some students this may happen before attending their first session of technical training, and for some it may occur following their Level One or Foundation training.  In either case the student will be required to spend significant time in industry involved in Work-Based Training before returning for the next level of Technical Training.  This “time on tools” varies by trade from 1000 to approximately 2000 hours until all levels of Technical Training have been successfully completed and all required Work-Based Training hours have been logged.
  • For Automotive Service Technician there are four Levels and the apprentice must log 6360 hours of WBT to complete his/her apprenticeship.

Upon successful completion of BCIT's Motorcycle and Power Equipment Technician Foundation program, students receive credit for the first level of technical training required in the provincial Apprenticeship program plus 300 work based hours.

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Andrew Parsons, (Automotive Service Technician, 2012), Parkland Secondary School
Jordan Blake, (Automotive Service Technician, 2013),Stelly’s Secondary School
Gen Byl, (Automotive Service Technician, 2014), Stelly’s Secondary School
Riley Knowles, (Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician, 2015), Individual Learning Centre

Last modified: Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:20 AM