What to expect from an Automotive Mechanic and Repair career
Professionals in automotive trades are in demand. With evolving designs and new technology, the automotive industry is continually changing. Automotive mechanic and repair programs at Ontario colleges provide hands-on training to prepare students for apprenticeships and other certifications that will lead them to positions in the industry.
If you’re interested in applying your mechanical skills to a job in the automotive industry, here’s what you need to know.
Automotive Mechanic and Repair Courses
Courses in Ontario college mechanic and repair programs (also known as “automotive service technician” programs) equip students with technical and theoretical information, and then allow them to apply their knowledge in simulated automotive workshops. Programs are offered as either one-year certificate or two-year diploma programs, and are designed to either count toward an apprenticeship or to help students prepare to enter an automotive mechanic apprenticeship.
Courses will vary from program to program, but will likely include areas like diagnosing, repairing or installing the following:
- Suspension and brake systems
- Body and trim
- Fuel technology
- Electronics and emissions
Note: Some Ontario college automotive mechanic and repair programs require that you be employed by a company under which you can apprentice before you start the in-class component. These programs include courses that count toward the mandatory in-school training for Ontario apprenticeships. (There are 3 levels of courses apprentices need to take through a college.)
General Automotive Mechanic and Repair Program Requirements
Automotive mechanic and design programs at Ontario colleges require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. A grade 12 English credit may be required, depending on the program.
If you find a company to do your apprenticeship with or are enrolling in a mechanic or repair program that counts towards your apprenticeship, you must register with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
Automotive Mechanic and Repair Jobs and Salaries
Automotive mechanic and repair programs at Ontario colleges provide students with a wide range of skills that can be applied to a variety of jobs. Students could work for dealerships, repair shops, specialty or aftermarket garages, and more. Programs could lead to a career in automotive repair, service, sales, collision estimation and other auto-related positions.
After completing a pre-apprenticeship program, you will be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship. If the program you take is part of an apprenticeship, you will be paid for your work.
Salaries for automotive mechanic and repair professionals can start at around $25,000 to $30,000. Experience level and type of organization will affect wages.
Ontario Colleges Offering Automotive Mechanic and Repair Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of automotive mechanic and repair programs at Ontario colleges.