Automotive Service Technician

ACA, Restricted Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisor
  • Inspect motor in operation, road test vehicle, and test automotive systems and components using computerized diagnostic and other testing devices to diagnose and isolate faults
  • Adjust, repair or replace parts and components of automotive systems including fuel, brake, steering and suspension, engine and drive train, emission control and exhaust, cooling and climate control, and electrical and electronic systems using hand tools and other specialized automotive repair equipment
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to manufacturer's performance specifications
  • Perform scheduled maintenance service such as oil changes, lubrications and tune-ups
  • Advise customers on work performed, general vehicle conditions and future repair requirements

Personal Qualities

  • You will work indoors and tolerate loud noises, grease, oil and gasoline fumes and you may have unpleasant materials drip down onto your head, face and back
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time and must bend down and reach up frequently
  • You are not bothered by standing on concrete all day
  • You have and use physical strength on the job
  • You will have to keep up with new automotive technology
  • You will make a significant investment in tools
  • You like working with computers and computerized equipment
  • You are able to cope with demands from friends and relatives who want you to fix their vehicles at a good price
  • Review Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Automotive service technicians are employed at small, medium and large size establishments such as new car dealerships, used car sales outlets or at stand alone facilities
  • Automotive service technicians may often move into running their own businesses
  • Automotive service technicians may work as service advisors, work for suppliers or manufacturers, or work in sales

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 6,500 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 7,220 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certification of Qualification
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