Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers – NOC 7321
Number of People Who Work in this Industry
Median Income of People Working in this Occupation
of People Working in this Occupation
46.1% of the workforce has an apprenticeship or trade certificate
32.0% of the workforce has a college certificate or diploma
Age of the Workforce
in this Occupation
42.8% of the workforce is age 25 to 44
46% of automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics work in the household and personal services sector.
27% work in Retail Trade
The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair. Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions. A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements. There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent work experience.
Projected growth rate in Ontario: 2.1%-3%
What Else Do I Need to Know?
- Employment Outlook for Auto/Truck/Bus Mechanics in the Ottawa Economic Region is fair. Employment prospects for automotive service technicians are closely linked to the level of auto and retail industry activity. A heightened demand exists for truck mechanics, due to the significant use of trucks for goods transport and an increased emphasis on truck maintenance given more stringent provincial safety standards. Turnover will create some job openings due to the large size of this occupation.
- Innovation in vehicle technology is increasing the complexity of this trade, as demonstrated with the introduction of hybrid and electric cars. Workers who are able to keep their skills up-to-date and acquire knowledge of electronic and computer-regulated motor vehicle systems, such as computer diagnostic testing, will have better job prospects. Technicians with formal automotive training will have greater success in the job market.
- Some repair shops have extended work hours in the evening and weekends to meet the needs of their clientele. In addition, overtime work and on-call hours are also sometimes required. Workers are frequently required to supply their own tools and may also be required to have a Class B, C, or D driver’s license.
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