What does a Transmission Technician (310D) do?

Transmission Technicians inspect, diagnose, repair, and service manual, automatic, electrical, and electronic controls for cars, buses, and trucks. They may also perform major repair and replacement of mechanical units on newly assembled motor vehicles.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Inspecting, diagnosing problems, and repairing:
    • Drive shafts, differentials, and drive axle assemblies
    • Manual transmissions and transaxles
    • Automatic transmissions and transaxles
    • Electrical and electronic controls
    • Transmission oil coolers
    • Transfer cases
  • Reviewing work orders and discussing with co-workers or supervisors
  • Inspecting motors/transmissions in operation and road testing vehicles
  • Testing automotive systems and components using electronic/computer or other testing devices to diagnose problems and isolate faults
  • Testing and adjusting repaired systems to meet manufacturer specifications
  • Advising customers on work performed, vehicle conditions, and future repair requirements

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent; math, science, and English credits an asset
  • Technical credits in automotive mechanics would be helpful
  • Completion of 6,480-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Transmission Technician (310D)?

  • Full-time, year-round, indoor employment
  • Frequent exposure to noise, vibrations, liquids, fumes, and odours
  • May work in large shop and specialize in a specific area, or a small shop in all areas
  • Employers include automobile dealers, motor vehicle manufacturers, automotive parts and accessory stores, and motor vehicle parts manufacturers

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers can earn up to $28.00 per hour, sometimes with benefits and opportunities for overtime.


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