What does a Automotive Service Technician (310S) do?

Automotive Service Technicians, sometimes referred to as Motor Vehicle Mechanics, inspect, diagnose, repair, and service mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems and components for cars, buses, and trucks. They 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, drive lines, suspension, electrical and electronic systems, or diagnostic services.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reviewing work orders and discussing with co-workers or supervisors
  • Inspecting motors in operation; road testing vehicles; testing automotive systems and components to diagnose problems and isolate faults
  • Adjusting, repairing, or replacing automotive system parts and components, including fuel, brake, steering, and suspension systems; testing these systems to manufacturer specifications
  • Performing scheduled maintenance including oil changes, lubrications, and tune ups
  • Advising customers about work performed, general vehicle conditions, and future repair requirements

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent; math, science, English, and automotive mechanics credits an asset
  • High school students may benefit from Transportation Specialist High Skills Major program
  • Completion of a 7,220-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Automotive Service Technician (310S)?

  • Full-time, year-round employment; indoors with exposure to noise, vibration, liquids, fumes, and odours
  • May be employed with small shop and be required to work in all areas, or by large company and specialize in fuel and electrical systems, transmission, alignment/brakes, or trucks and coaches
  • Employers include automobile dealers, motor vehicle and parts manufacturers, and automotive parts and accessory stores

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $28.00-$42.00 per hour. 


Automotive Service Technician/Motor Vehicle Mechanic (310S)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have a valid and clean driver’s license?
Do you have a passion for automobiles?
Are you able to read blueprints and measurements accurately? Do you have strong math skills?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines? Are you able to lift up to 50lbs? Can you stand or sit for longer periods of time?
Do you like working with measurements and specific design details?
Are you comfortable working with different pieces of equipment and tools?
Can you work well as a team and have good communication skills?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as an Automotive Service Technician/ Motor Vehicle Mechanic (310S) may be for you!

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  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
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  • Automotive Painter
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