Recent studies by the Automotive Industry Association of Canada have shown that in a matter of just a few years, almost half of the employed automotive technicians today will have reached the age of 54. The study goes on to say that the rate at which these technicians are retiring exceeds the rate at which new technicians are coming into the scene. The Business Council or BC has predicted that by the year 2008, there will be a need for no less than 8000 professional technicians in the automotive field.
A career as an automotive and auto technician has a number of advantages. If you love cars, being an automotive technician gives you the opportunity to enter a lucrative profession that involves doing something you love. Also a career involves relatively little training and offers good employment opportunities almost immediately.
A course in becoming an automotive technician will involve training in safety and environmental protection, emissions and air care, fuel and brake systems, axels and drive lines, suspensions, ignition and electrical systems, welding, engines, gaskets and fasteners. Students will also learn about automotive service shop procedures, automotive plastics, basic sheet metal straightening, sheet metal finishing, surface preparation and final painting. Students can also diversify into specialized fields like auto body repair.
The job market for an automotive and auto technician is currently rated above average. Job openings are available across the country as automotive technicians are required everywhere, whether it is a thriving city or a small town. Prospective employment can be found as a supervisor or manager in an auto repair shop or as a representative for an automotive company. Jobs can also be found in retail auto sales, as an insurance adjuster or as writers for automotive parts and service.
Canadian Provinces with Career Colleges offering diplomas, programs or courses in Automotive and Auto Technician
Prince Edward Island