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Automotive service technicians (AST) inspect, diagnose, repair (replace) and service mechanical, electrical and electronic systems and components of passenger cars and light trucks. This includes engine, vehicle management, hybrid, steering, braking, drive train, suspension, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

They also work on restraints, trim and accessories. ASTs also perform major repair and replacement of mechanical units on newly assembled motor vehicles. Technicians may choose to specialize in engine and fuel systems, brakes, drivelines, suspension, electrical and electronic systems or diagnostic services.

Technicians inspect vehicles, road test vehicles and test automotive systems and components using computerized diagnostic and other testing devices to diagnose and isolate faults in vehicles.

An AST tests and adjusts repaired systems to manufacturer’s performance specifications.

Performing scheduled maintenance service such as oil changes, lubrication and tune-ups are a fundamental part of AST job duties.

In addition, depending on the size/structure of the service repair facility, ASTs advise customers on work performed, general vehicle condition and future repair requirements.

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Average Salaries by Region

Canada $63,119
Alberta $70,825
Ontario $65,663
Quebec $52,533
Region Average Salary
Canada $63,119
British Columbia $61,039
Alberta $70,825
Saskatchewan & Manitoba $67,551
Ontario $65,663
Quebec $52,533
Atlantic Provinces $49,166

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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


Part Time in 2018


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Region Full Time Part Time
B.C. 98% 1%
Alberta 96% 4%
Saskatchewan & Manitoba 98% 1%
Ontario 97% 2%
Quebec 84% 16%
Atlantic 98% 1%

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Gender Breakdown

Men and Women Working in the Aftermarket Sector

Males in 2017


Females in 2017

Age Range Percentage
Less than 20 4%
20-29 24%
30-39 22%
40-49 26%
50-59 20%
60+ 4%

  • Completion of a four-year automotive service technician apprenticeship program
    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.
  • Trade certification for automotive service technicians is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualify 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.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Candidates may be expected to lift weights up to 50lbs.

On average automotive service technicians have

15.5 years of experience

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Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Less than 1 year 4.9%
1-5 years 16.2%
Over Five Years 78.9%

Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Experience Percentage
Less than 1 year 5%
1-5 years 16%
Over Five Years 79%

Trade Schools

  • Algonquin College - Ottawa, ON

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