Transmission Specialist


Transmission Technicians inspect, diagnose, repair and service Manual, Automatic, electrical and electronic controls for cars, buses and trucks. They may also perform major repair and replacement of mechanical units on newly assembled motor vehicles.


A Transmission Technician is a person who inspects, diagnoses and repairs:

• Drive shafts, differentials, and drive axle assemblies
• Manual transmissions and transaxles
• Automatic transmissions and transaxles
• Electrical and electronic controls
• Transmission oil coolers
• Transfer cases

Additional responsibilities include:

• Reviewing work orders and discussing with co-workers or supervisors
• Inspecting motors/transmissions in operation, road testing vehicles and testing automotive systems and components using electronic/computer or other testing devices to diagnose problems and isolate faults
• Testing and adjusting repaired systems to manufacturer's specifications
• Advising customers on work performed, general vehicle conditions and future repair requirements

Personal Qualities

  • You have a strong mechanical aptitude and like to tinker with machinery
  • You enjoy keeping up with advances in technology
  • You enjoy working with your hands, using a variety of hand and power tools
  • You can stand, crouch, kneel, bend, and lift up to 25 kilograms
  • You have the physical stamina to work for 10-12 hours per day
  • You enjoy diagnosing problems and finding solutions

Career Opportunities

You may work in a large shop that encourages you to specialize in one specific area or you could be employed by a small shop and be required to work in all areas. Most people who work in this field work year-round, full-time mostly indoors with exposure to noise, vibration, liquids, fumes and odours covered by workplace regulations.

Employers who might hire you include:

  • Automobile dealers
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturers
  • Automotive parts and accessories stores
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers

Educational/Training Requirements

  • Completion of Grade 12 with a secondary school diploma, with credits in Math, Science and English.
  • High school courses in Automotive Mechanics are considered an asset
  • Entry and compulsory successful completion of a Transmission Technician apprenticeship (6,480 hours), including two eight week (480 hours) of in-school training, which must be followed by successfully passing an examination to obtain a Certificate of Qualification.
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