NOC 7321 – Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

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Intro

Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers inspect, diagnose, repair and service mechanical, electrical and electronic systems and components of cars, buses, and light and commercial transport trucks. They are employed by motor vehicle dealers, garages, truck and trailer dealerships, fleet maintenance companies, and service stations, automotive specialty shops, transportation companies and retail establishments which have automotive service shops. This unit group also includes mechanical repairers who perform major repairs and replacement of mechanical units on newly assembled motor vehicles. They are employed by motor vehicle manufacturing companies.

With additional training, mobility is possible between automobile and truck and transport mechanics.

The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.

With experience, mechanics and technicians in this unit group may progress to supervisory positions.

Mechanical repairers employed in motor vehicle manufacturing may progress to motor vehicle mechanic positions through an apprenticeship program, or with experience, they may progress to supervisory positions in motor vehicle manufacturing.

Main Duties

Automotive service technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisor
  • Inspect motor in operation, road test motor vehicle, and test automotive systems and components using computerized diagnostic and other testing devices to diagnose and isolate faults
  • Adjust, repair or replace parts and components of automotive systems including fuel system, brakes, steering and suspension, engine and drive train, emission control and exhaust, cooling and climate control, and electrical and electronic systems using hand tools and other specialized automotive repair equipment
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to manufacturer’s performance specifications
  • Perform scheduled maintenance service, such as oil changes, lubrications and tune ups
  • Advise customers on work performed, general vehicle condition and future repair requirements.

Mechanical repairers, motor vehicle manufacturing, perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Inspect and test mechanical units, such as engines, transmissions, axles and brake systems, to locate faults and malfunctions
  • Diagnose faults or malfunctions and confirm findings with supervisor to determine whether to repair or replace unit
  • Repair or replace mechanical units or components using hand and power tools
  • Test and adjust units to specifications for proper performance
  • Complete reports to record problems and work performed.

Truck and transport and truck-trailer mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Adjust, repair or replace parts and components of commercial transport truck systems including chassis, frame, cab, body, engine and drive train, air brakes, steering, and fuel, hydraulic, electrical and electronic systems
  • Adjust, repair or replace parts and components of truck-trailer systems including structural, brake and electrical systems.

Workers in this unit group may specialize in the following areas: engine and fuel systems, transmission systems, air conditioning, cooling and heating systems, steering, alignment, brakes, drive lines, suspension, electrical and electronic systems, truck-trailer repair or diagnostic services.

Employment Requirements

Automotive service technicians

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four-year automotive service technician apprenticeship program
    or
    A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and high school, college or industry courses in automotive technology is required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for automotive service technicians is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Automotive service technician (transmission) trade certification is compulsory in Ontario.
  • Automotive service technician (steering, suspension and brakes) trade certification is compulsory in New Brunswick and Ontario.
  • Automotive service technician (service station mechanic) trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified automotive service technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Mechanical repairers, motor vehicle manufacturing

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • On-the-job training of two to three years is provided by employers.

Truck and transport and truck-trailer mechanics

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four-year truck and transport mechanic or truck-trailer repair apprenticeship
    or
    A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and high school, college or industry courses in truck or heavy duty equipment mechanics is required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for truck and transport mechanics is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Transport trailer technician trade certification is compulsory in Ontario and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified truck-trailer repairers and truck and transport mechanics upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

All Titles

  • alignment and brakes technician
  • apprentice mechanic, automotive radiators
  • apprentice mechanic, trucks and transport vehicles
  • apprentice motor vehicle mechanic
  • apprentice repairer, truck trailersapprentice repairman, truck trailers, apprentice repairwoman, truck trailers, truck trailer repairman apprentice, truck trailer repairwoman apprentice
  • automatic transmission mechanic – motor vehicle
  • automatic transmission technician – motor vehicles
  • automobile mechanic
  • automobile service mechanic
  • automotive air conditioning mechanic
  • automotive brake mechanic
  • automotive brake repairerautomotive brake repairman, automotive brake repairwoman
  • automotive brake specialist
  • automotive carburetor mechanic
  • automotive drive trains technician
  • automotive electrical and tune-up service technician
  • automotive electrical mechanic
  • automotive electrical technician
  • automotive engine mechanic inspector
  • automotive mechanic
  • automotive mechanical repairerautomotive mechanical repairman, automotive mechanical repairwoman, mechanical repairman, motor vehicle, mechanical repairwoman, motor vehicle, motor vehicle mechanical repairman, motor vehicle mechanical repairwoman
  • automotive radiator mechanic
  • automotive radiator mechanic apprentice
  • automotive radiator repairerautomotive radiator repairman, automotive radiator repairwoman
  • automotive repairerautomotive repairman, automotive repairwoman
  • automotive service technician
  • automotive service technician – electrical and fuel systems
  • automotive service technician – fuel and electronics systems
  • automotive service technician – steering, suspension and brakes
  • automotive service technician – transmission
  • automotive service technician apprentice
  • automotive technician – air conditioning system
  • automotive technician – automatic transmission systems
  • automotive technician – brakes systems
  • automotive technician – electrical and electronic systems
  • automotive technician – engine and fuel systems
  • automotive technician – front-end systems
  • automotive technician – fuel systems
  • automotive technician – standard transmission systems
  • automotive technician – transmission systems
  • automotive technician, drive trains
  • automotive vehicle tester
  • automotive vehicle testing mechanic
  • brake systems mechanic
  • bus and transport mechanic
  • bus and truck mechanic
  • bus mechanic
  • car mechanic
  • commercial trailer mechanic
  • commercial trailer technician
  • commercial transport vehicle mechanic
  • diagnostic technician – motor vehicles
  • engine mechanic – motor vehicle
  • front-end mechanic
  • fuel and electrical systems technician – motor vehicle
  • garage mechanic
  • mechanic – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • mechanic, automobile
  • mechanic, bus
  • mechanic, car
  • mechanic, motor vehicle
  • mechanic, truck
  • mechanical repairer, motor vehicle
  • mechanical upgrader – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • motor mechanic – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • motor repairer – motor vehicle manufacturingmotor repairman – motor vehicle manufacturing, motor repairwoman – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • motor vehicle diesel engine mechanic
  • motor vehicle fuel conversion technician
  • motor vehicle fuel-systems and electric-systems mechanic
  • motor vehicle mechanic
  • motor vehicle mechanical repairer
  • motor vehicle technician
  • motor vehicle transmission mechanic
  • new car mechanic
  • repairer, trucks and transport vehiclesrepairman, trucks and transport vehicles, repairwoman, trucks and transport vehicles
  • service technician – motor vehicle repair
  • service technician, after sales service – motor vehicles
  • testing mechanic, automotive vehicles
  • trailer mechanic
  • trailer mechanical systems repairertrailer mechanical systems repairman, trailer mechanical systems repairwoman
  • transmission mechanic
  • transmission technician
  • transport truck mechanic
  • transport truck trailer mechanic
  • trolley engine mechanic
  • truck and coach technician
  • truck and trailer repairertruck and trailer repairman, truck and trailer repairwoman
  • truck and transport mechanic
  • truck and transport service technician
  • truck and transport vehicle mechanic apprentice
  • truck mechanic
  • truck trailer mechanic
  • truck trailer repairer apprentice
  • truck trailer service technician
  • truck-trailer repairertruck-trailer repairman, truck-trailer repairwoman
  • tune-up mechanic – motor vehicle
  • tune-up specialist – motor vehicle
  • wheel alignment and brake mechanic
  • wheel alignment and brake specialist

Exclusions

  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics (7312)
  • Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers (9522)
  • Motor vehicle body repairers (7322)
  • Recreation vehicle service technicians (See 7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.)
  • Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling (9221)
  • Supervisors of motor vehicle mechanics (See 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)
  • Transport truck and trailer assemblers (See 9526 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors)

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