Red Seal Trades
Automotive Service Technician
Designation Year: 1959
Automotive service technicians possess the full range of knowledge and abilities required to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose problems and repair vehicle systems including engines, vehicle management, hybrids, steering, braking, drive trains, suspension, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), restraints, trim and accessories of automotive vehicles and light trucks.
Automotive service technicians may be employed by automotive repair shops, dealerships, automotive specialty repair shops, large organizations that may own a fleet of vehicles and motor vehicle body repair companies.
While the scope of the automotive service technician trade includes many aspects of vehicle repair, an increasing number of technicians specialize in specific areas of repair due to the complexity of today’s motor vehicle systems.
Technicians usually work indoors and can expect a work environment that includes noise, fumes, odours, hazardous compounds, drafts, vibrations, and confined spaces. The work often requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, lifting, pulling and reaching.
Some important attributes of automotive service technicians are: good hand-eye coordination, mechanical aptitude, time management skills, logical thinking and decision making skills, excellent communication skills, computer skills and the ability to continue learning as technology advances. It is also imperative to have driving skills and a valid driver’s licence.
Experienced automotive service technicians may advance to shop supervisor or service manager positions. Some technicians may open their own garage or automotive specialty shop. With additional training, technicians can transfer their skills and knowledge to related occupations such as automotive instructor, truck and transport mechanic, agricultural equipment technician or heavy duty equipment technician.
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