First, you got your driver’s licence; then you got a car. Now you’re spending every spare moment with your head under the hood and all of your money on new parts. Sound familiar? What if you could turn your obsession into a career?
As an Automotive Service Technician, you will work in a garage or on a factory floor with vehicles of all shapes and sizes—everything from a vintage roadster to an electric Tesla, and even light trucks. Every vehicle is a bit different and it’s up to you to quickly isolate the problem, find a solution and send drivers safely on their way.
How to inspect, diagnose and service cars and light trucks
How to repair engines, steering systems, braking systems, vehicle suspensions, electrical systems and more
How to use computerized diagnostic equipment to test and adjust key vehicle components
How to perform preventative maintenance, including wheel alignments, oil changes and tune ups
WHO YOU WORK FOR
As an Automotive Service Technician, you can work for a motor vehicle manufacturing company, a motor vehicle dealer, or anywhere where motor vehicles are serviced, like an automotive specialty shop or a service station.
Types of Workplaces
Vehicle Rental Agencies
WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH
You will be paired with a Red Seal Mechanic who will ensure that you have a solid mechanical foundation and will help you develop your skills in servicing and repairing all automobile components—from the suspension, through the drive-train, and even the electrical systems.
Brake, steering, suspension and electrical systems
Engine mechanics and components
$45K - $70K annually
$15.38 - $41.00 hourly
hours per week potentially evenings or weekends
A day in the life of a trade apprentice
A Fixer's Story
Kurtis Gordey, 17
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
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How to get started
SkilledTradesBC Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.