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An apprentice technician is a training position to become an Automotive Service Technician (AST). They must be able to safely operate shop equipment, demonstrate the ability to learn and repeat basic mechanical repairs. Apprentice technicians assist senior technicians and perform tasks within their scope of knowledge.

Responsibilities include: Diagnose and perform vehicle maintenance and repairs; inform customers of vehicle maintenance/repair requirements; inform customer when repairs are finished and ensure that repair records are complete; check and verify parts before installation; and assist in general housekeeping of the workshop.

The apprenticeship has a nominal duration of 4 years to complete, during which they must be employed in an apprenticeship arrangement.

Other titles:

  •       Apprentice Motor Vehicle Mechanic


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Average Salaries by Region

Canada $38,682
Alberta $39,919
Ontario $40,450
Quebec $36,063
Region Average Salary
Canada $38,682
British Columbia $40,916
Alberta $39,919
Saskatchewan & Manitoba $38,086
Ontario $40,450
Quebec $36,063
Atlantic Provinces $31,632


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Forecast: Total jobs over 5 years

Region 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
BC 4,605 4,727 4,931 5,135 5,345 5,562
Alberta 5,286 5,329 5,525 5,719 5,920 6,129
Saskatchewan & Manitoba 3,073 3,088 3,192 3,295 3,402 3,516
Ontario 14,002 14,342 14,899 15,445 15,998 16,556
Quebec 9,684 9,792 10,100 10,400 10,717 11,047
Atlantic provinces 2,990 2,992 3,071 3,147 3,228 3,312


Full Time vs. Part Time Overall


Full Time in 2018

99%

Part Time in 2018

1%

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Region Full Time Part Time
B.C. 99% 0%
Alberta 99% 0%
Saskatchewan & Manitoba 99% 0%
Ontario 97% 2%
Quebec 99% 0%
Atlantic 99% 0%


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Gender Breakdown

Men and Women Working in the Aftermarket Sector


Males in 2017

95%

Females in 2017

5%
Age Range Percentage
Less than 20 16%
20-29 47%
30-39 17%
40-49 13%
50-59 7%
60+ 1%

  •  Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  •  Membership with the Provincial College of Trades (necessity dependant on province).
  •  Education is usually four years and is a combination of in-class hours and on-the-job hours.
  •  Experience is usually not required, or at most one year.

On average apprentice automotive service technicians have

7.3 years of experience

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Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Less than 1 year 13%
1-5 years 53%
Over Five Years 34%

Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Experience Percentage
Less than 1 year 13%
1-5 years 53%
Over Five Years 34%


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