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Automotive Career Information

Automotive Job Overview The automotive industry encompasses the process of car design, manufacture, delivery, sales, ...

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Automotive Job Overview

The automotive industry encompasses the process of car design, manufacture, delivery, sales, and servicing. Similarly, jobs available in the industry range from hands on technical positions to roles in sales and customer services. Designers, software developers, and CAD/CAM programmers are involved in the early stages of vehicle design and development. Similar fields include aeronautical engineering and engineering technician. Delivery drivers distribute the finished product to showrooms, where the vehicles are put on sale. Aftercare and servicing at garages and dealerships requires mechanics and technicians, glass and body repairers.

Automotive Job Education Requirements

For most jobs in the automotive industry, a traditional, academic education is less important than practical experience, however, many universities and community colleges offer courses in mechanical engineering, electronics, and industrial manufacturing. These qualifications can range from a certificate or diploma to a Bachelor of Science degree. An apprenticeship or traineeship at a manufacturer or dealership is a good way to gain experience, and positions are usually paid, although the pay is low. Some companies offer a part time programme, allowing for both study and hands on experience.

Automotive Job Market

Canada is one of the largest vehicle producers and exporters in the world, and the automotive industry is vital to the country's economy. The industry is recovering from a period of layoffs in 2012, and currently employs approximately 111,000 people. Currently, many more men than women are employed in the automotive industry. Apprenticeships and scholarships are available to encourage female graduates into the industry.

Automotive Job Salary Information

Automotive technicians can expect to earn an average salary of $53,455 per year, depending on experience, while the median salary for an automobile mechanic is $45,947. Specialist technicians, such as those trained to work on electronic systems, will earn more. Jobs in automotive retail can pay from $12,913 to $79,593, and often carry bonuses or commission.

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