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An Automotive Service Technician (AST) for a collision shop provides automotive repairs related to removal/replacement/repair and preparation of damaged components and aligns vehicle frames/unibody components to manufacture specifications, and works within manufacturer and industry established quality and time standards.

In a collision shop environment, an AST inspects damaged vehicles and initializes a repair plan process, dismantles and repairs vehicles as per industry guidelines and standards. ASTs have knowledge of all vehicle systems and have the skills and technical abilities to effectively diagnose repairs and identify recommendations for maintenance.

Additional duties include: repairing body panels with rust and dent repairs; remove, repair or replace interior trim, vehicle accessories and some electrical components; measure, cut and replace sectioned body panels as required; assess and repair structural damage of vehicles with the use of frame equipment and test performed repairs for quality assurance.

Other titles:

  • Collision Repair Technician
  • Technician
  • Motor Vehicle Body Technician


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Average Salaries by Region

Region Average Salary
Canada $60,088
British Columbia N/A
Alberta $75,744
Saskatchewan & Manitoba N/A
Ontario N/A
Quebec $45,657
Atlantic Provinces N/A


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Forecast: Total jobs over 5 years

Region 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
BC 11,277 11,631 12,075 12,512 12,959 13,418
Alberta 12,944 13,112 13,529 13,935 14,353 14,787
Saskatchewan & Manitoba 7,525 7,599 7,816 8,028 8,249 8,482
Ontario 34,286 35,293 36,482 37,630 38,786 39,939
Quebec 23,713 24,097 24,730 25,341 25,982 26,650
Atlantic provinces 7,321 7,363 7,520 7,669 7,826 7,991


Full Time vs. Part Time Overall


Full Time in 2018

98%

Part Time in 2018

2%

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Region Full Time Part Time
B.C. 97% 2%
Alberta 95% 4%
Saskatchewan & Manitoba 99% 0%
Ontario 99% 0%
Quebec 95% 4%
Atlantic 99% 0%


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Gender Breakdown

Men and Women Working in the Aftermarket Sector


Males in 2017

99%

Females in 2017

1%
Age Range Percentage
Less than 20 3%
20-29 15%
30-39 23%
40-49 24%
50-59 30%
60+ 4%

  • Graduation from an appropriate career preparation program with a valid Collision Repair Technician certification/license.
  • May also have completed a four-year automotive service technician apprenticeship program
    or
    A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and high school, college or industry courses in automotive technology is required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Generally, 2-5 years of direct work experience in automotive collision repairs is desired.
  • Should be able to operate electronic diagnostic equipment.
  • A valid driver’s license is a requirement along with up-to-date knowledge of collision repairs, auto body parts and their functions.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified automotive service technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination. (The Red Seal Interprovincial Standards Program, also known as Red Seal or simply IP, is a set of trade qualifications in Canada, jointly administered by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments.)
  • Apprenticeship programs are available with apprentices working under certified automotive service technicians.

On average automotive service technicians at collision shops have

15.4 years of experience

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Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Less than 1 year 5%
1-5 years 17%
Over Five Years 78%

Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Experience Percentage
Less than 1 year 5%
1-5 years 17%
Over Five Years 78%


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