Automotive Service Technician

So, you think you might want to be a Automotive Service Technician?

Watch students put the pedal to the metal as Automotive Service Technicians.  Watch a day in the life of an Automotive Service Technician and discover what skills you need for this trade.

Job Description

Automotive Service Technicians examine, test and repair the parts and systems on cars and light trucks. They often use computerized diagnostic equipment to test, adjust and repair key vehicle components such as engines, steering systems, braking systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions and electrical systems.

The work of an Automotive Service Technician also involves reassembling and testing repaired items against manufacturers’ standards, as well as performing preventative maintenance such as wheel alignments, oil changes and tune-ups.

If you want to be an Automotive Service Technician, you will work in BC’s Transportation Sector in one of the following settings – motor vehicle dealers, garages, truck and trailer dealerships, fleet maintenance companies, service stations, automotive specialty shops, transportation companies and retail establishments which have automotive service shops.


Look below to find out which sectors of BC’s economy you can work in if you pursue this trade.

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For more information on how much Automotive Service Technicians make, the expected number of future job openings and where the jobs are, as well as current workforce opportunities specifically for this trade, visit the Work BC Career Profile here.

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