A student graduating from the Automotive Technology program can seek entry level employment as an apprentice automotive service technician, service consultant, parts advisor, parts rebuilder, maintenance technician, specialty/after-market technician, sales consultant, tools and equipment representative, and military vehicle technicians. In order to be qualified and continue as an automotive service technician, students must seek apprenticeship and continue post-secondary training. Automotive technology graduates are typically employed by dealerships and independent service centres, automotive specialty repair shops, parts suppliers, automotive sales and leasing companies, parts recyclers and manufacturers, large organizations with fleets of automobiles, the military, and automotive body repair companies.
The education requirements for entry to the automotive industry vary from high school graduation and/or completion of a technical vocational program at the secondary level for entry level employment, to college, apprenticeship and university for related employment in the automotive technology industry.
The Automotive Technology program provides a foundation for students to go directly to work, continue into post-secondary education in automotive service technician, automotive engineering, design manufacturing, management in the automotive industry, and education. Graduates of the program can be found working on many types of equipment such as small engines, heavy equipment, trains, and ocean going ships.
Graduates of the Automotive Technology program will be able to demonstrate the following:
- perform basic maintenance and service to vehicles
- perform a vehicle inspection
- complete repairs and service to vehicle systems
- complete preventative maintenance procedures
- perform repairs related to drivability concerns
- ability to understand and use computerized systems
- the ability to communicate and work with peers, employers, and customers
- logical thinking and decision making
- work independently or as part of a team
- demonstrate the ability for life-long learning to enhance their skills
- time management skills
- mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity
- problem-solving skills
- employability skills