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Automotive service technicians and truck and bus mechanics 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers in Chaudière-Appalaches Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For 2012-2014, the employment outlook is expected to be satisfactory for this occupation in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. The opportunities will come from employment growth and replacement needs resulting from workers who retire.
According to 2006 census data, the majority of automotive service technicians, truck mechanics and mechanical repairers work in the maintenance and repair service sector, especially in general mechanical repairs garages. A significant proportion of workers are also in the retail trade sector, especially at automobile dealerships.
The level of employment in the vehicle maintenance and repair sector depends mainly on the number of vehicles in circulation on the highways. Because of the increasing size and aging of the automobile fleet, the situation in the job market should remain favourable for workers in this occupational group. However, the use of electronic systems, computer components and modules, diagnostic equipment and analysis tools, enabling mechanics to perform their work faster and more efficiently, could slow down job growth in this occupation.
For a number of years now, the automotive sector has been experiencing increasingly rapid technological development. As automobile systems are becoming increasingly complex (hybrid, electronic, etc.), mechanics must constantly improve their knowledge of electronics and computers.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- The Target chain, which will open a store in Saint-Georges (Beauce) in the fall, organizes two employment fairs at hotel le Georgesville (available in French only)
Week of Oct 22 – Oct 26, 2012
- Two Nissan and Kia dealerships will be built in Montmagny and will hire between 10 to 12 employees each (available in French only)
Week of Oct 15 – Oct 19, 2012
- A new Uniprix pharmacy will be opening in Sainte-Marie. The new store will create 10 to 12 new jobs. (available in French only)
Week of Jul 16 – Jul 20, 2012
- Reopening of grocery store in Saint-Benjamin (available in French only)
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