One of the most promising trades in Canada for 2022 is an automotive technician. More commonly known as “mechanics”, automotive technicians have a more advanced technical skillset than their counterparts 20 years ago. Advancements in automotive technology have caused a shift in the training required to repair and maintain today’s complex vehicles.
What Do Automotive Technicians Do?
Automotive technicians are employed by automotive service shops like Kamloops’ Advance Auto Service, as well as autobody shops, insurance vehicle repair shops, and car dealerships. They provide vehicle repair services for cars and trucks and motorcycles, and also conduct routine maintenance and diagnostic checks. Depending on their training, automotive technicians may work on regular commuter and off-road vehicles, electric cars and buses, or heavy machinery like big rigs and tractors.
How Are Automotive Technicians Trained in Canada?
Most automotive technicians in Canada are trained in technical schools like those offered by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), which offers an Automotive Technician Foundations Certificate Program, as part of an apprenticeship program, or at Thompson Rivers University, or at local colleges. At BCIT, over a period of 30 weeks, students receive classroom training and on-the-job experience as well as credit toward their apprenticeship. As graduates enter the workforce and continue on the apprenticeship path, they learn hands-on practical knowledge from skilled tradespeople and mentors.
Are Automotive Technicians in Demand?
Automotive technicians are an in demand, according to WorkBC. With the transition of vehicles to hybrid and electric models, the need for highly skilled automotive technicians is increasing year over year. BCIT notes that automotive technicians have a 91% employment rate after graduation, with over 50% of them finding jobs within the first month.
Thoroughly Trained, Skilled Techs
With two locations to serve you in Kamloops, make an opportunity with us for regular vehicle maintenance, parts, and repairs. We’ve been operating in the Thompson Nicola Valley for many years, and you can count on us to provide honest quotes and dependable service every time. From EyeSight Diagnostics, to fuel injector cleaning to wheel alignments, our trained automotive technicians provide reliable automotive service at competitive prices. Contact us today to plan your next visit.