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Mechanics keep us, and the machines we use daily, in motion. Working on vehicles, among other types of equipment that moves, means knowing how to do everything from changing oil to disassembling and reassembling a V12 engine.
Mechanics can work for private garages, dealerships, and car rental companies. Standard maintenance on tires, breaks, coolant or antifreeze, batteries, and windshields are expected day-to-day duties. More complex work on belts, body repair, fuel systems and even computer diagnostics using specialty equipment are standard work as well.
Aspiring auto mechanics in Canada can take auto courses and complete auto apprenticeships before becoming certified. The steps required for certification vary from province to province, but you must first be hired by an employer willing to sponsor you as an apprentice, enroll in a training program, work for a mandated minimum number of hours (roughly 7200 hours of combined workplace and in-school training), and pass required exams administered by your school.
The average auto mechanic in Canada makes $50,000 per year. Entry level positions can start at nearly $41,000, while experienced mechanics can earn more than $63,000 per year. Canadian automotive service technicians, as they are also referred to, make an hourly wage between $15-$38, according to the Canadian Government’s Job Bank.