How to Become an Automotive Technician

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With the growing demand for the trades in BC, and even across Canada, starting or switching careers into the trades may be the break that you’ve been looking for.  If you have always been interested in cars and spend your free time working on them, then maybe you have considered working as an Automotive Technician.  However, even though you may be passionate about working on cars it’s still best to carefully examine which type of job within the industry works for you.  Here’s a look at how to become an Automotive Technician and how make sure that you will be selecting a field within the broad range of automotive careers that best suits your aptitude.

What Type of Education Do I Need?

There are a variety of automotive programs offered at community colleges or trade schools. However before getting to that point, many individuals who work in the industry start off by taking courses at the high school or CEGEP level before specializing further at a vocational or technical school. Math, Computer and Science classes are the best courses to focus on during your secondary school career in order to successfully transition into a post-secondary program.  And after in-class courses, many automotive technicians will complete on-the-job training and work experience before they will be eligible for trade certification. If you are completing your trades training in Canada then there is an inter-provincial Red Seal Program which regulates the conditions of training within the industry as you complete your apprenticeship.

Is This the Right Career for Me?

Working as an Automotive Service Technician involves a variety of skills, and according to the Halton Industry Education Council, many of the daily responsibilities include the following: diagnose, repair and service mechanical, electrical and electronic systems and components, as well as perform repair and replacement of mechanical units on newly assembled motor vehicles. Within the field, Automotive Technicians may also choose to specialize in engine and fuel systems, brakes, drive lines, suspension, electrical and electronic systems or diagnostic services. It’s not the most glamorous job, and involves a lot of physical work, but if you like taking things apart to see how they work, like to keep up with technological advances and don’t mind getting your hands dirty then this could be the career for you.

Take a look at the video below to get a personalized look at this exciting career!

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