Why Becoming a Mechanic is a Smart Career Move

Over the last few years, Canadian auto sales have gone through the roof, breaking record after record. And results from early 2016 tell us the trend shows no sign of slowing. Canadians bought 108,553 new cars, trucks and utility vehicles this past January alone – that’s 15% higher than the average for that same month, for the last five years!
Healthy sales combined with a growing number of retiring auto workers makes now an ideal time to consider becoming a mechanic. But that’s not all. Read on to discover what other benefits make automotive training such a smart career move.

 Automotive Training is Affordable and Quick

Students can graduate from a reputable automotive training program in just a few months. Getting job-ready quickly is a top priority for many students, and spending years at college or university simply doesn’t make sense.
Automotive mechanic school equips students with the theory, technical knowledge, and hands-on training they need to hit the ground running at their first job. From an entry level position, they are able to continue learning and refining their skills – all while making a steady income. This is ideal for students who are passionate about cars, concerned about budget, and want to get working as quickly as possible.
Mechanic Work Pays Well and Offers Opportunity for Advancement
According to the Government of Canada Job Bank, automotive mechanics in Quebec earn a median annual salary of $43,680. Experienced mechanics can make as much as $62,400 – that’s a considerable income for such a limited investment of time and money in training.
Plus, auto mechanics have opportunities to advance their careers through promotion or specialization. Possible career paths include:

  • Service manager or shop foreman
  • Emissions specialist
  • Hybrid and fuel cell technician
  • Diagnostician
  • Performance specialist
  • Transmission specialist

Choose From a Range of Work Environments

Mechanics don’t just work at auto body shops. After earning their diploma (DEP), program graduates can choose from a range of work environments, depending on their interests and career goals. Options include:

  • New car dealerships
  • Custom and specialty shops
  • Heavy vehicle garages

Of course, auto school grads with an entrepreneurial spirit may decide to open their own business, which brings us to our next point…

Open Your Own Shop and Become Your Own Boss

After working with a team of experts for several years, honing their technical skills and learning how to build loyal client relationships, many auto mechanics feel ready to open their own shops.
While launching and growing a business has its challenges, there are undeniable benefits to being in charge. Auto shop owners set their own working hours, choose their own areas of speciality, and determine their own earning potential.
Looking for an alternative to college or university and love the idea of working with cars? Automotive training could be your first step to a long and rewarding career.

Becoming a Mechanic
Find out more about affordable mechanic programs in Montreal. Contact the Laurier Macdonald Career Centre to speak with a friendly advisor today!