What does a Alignment and Brakes Technician (310E) do?

Alignment and Brakes Technicians inspect, diagnose, and repair electrical and electronic controls, suspension systems and frames, and braking and steering systems, as well as tires, wheels, rims, and hubs. They also perform alignment on motor vehicles and may, at some point in their career, choose to specialize in alignment and brake systems.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reviewing work orders and discussing them with co-workers or supervisors
  • Inspecting braking or steering systems; diagnosing problems and working to resolve/repair them
  • Adjusting, repairing, or replacing components of braking, steering, and suspension systems
  • Inspecting electrical and electronic controls; diagnosing and fixing any problems
  • Testing and adjusting repaired systems to manufacturer specifications
  • Advising customers on work performed, general vehicle conditions, and future repair requirements

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma; math, science, English, and automotive mechanics credits an asset
  • Completion of a 5,880-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Alignment and Brakes Technician (310E)?

  • Year-round, full-time work; exposure to noise, vibrations, liquids, fumes, and odours
  • May be employed by small shop or in specialized brake/steering system area of larger company
  • Employers include automobile dealers, motor vehicle manufacturers, automotive parts and accessories stores, and motor vehicle parts manufacturers

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn about $30.00 per hour, sometimes with benefits and opportunities for overtime.


Alignment and Brakes Technician (310E)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have a valid and clean driver’s license?
Do you have good reading and writing skills?
Do you have a good working knowledge of vehicles?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines? Can you lift up to 50lbs?
Do you enjoy working with tools, different pieces of equipment, including computerized equipment?
Are you detail-oriented? Do you take pride in completing tasks perfectly?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Can you start and finish work on time?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as an Alignment and Brakes Technician may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
  • Automotive Painter

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