to the job market !
In 6 months, you could be a trained automotive technician with the entry-level skills and proficiencies employers are looking for. It all starts with completing this core program of foundational courses that build your base knowledge from the ground up, and teach you how to diagnose and repair all major vehicle components, including engines, electronics, fuel and emission systems, transmissions, and body control systems like a true automotive professional.
ITA courses are designed for the real world and focus on the skills that hiring managers at auto repair and maintenance shops, car dealerships and tire shop want to see in their job applicants. Here are some examples of duties you may be called upon to perform:
The word “service” in Automotive service begins with you, the Automotive Technician. Our courses are set up with this fact in mind; technicians working in the field need to be capable of working with and understanding customers, clearly explaining complex technical issues, and setting customer expectations. Satisfied customers are repeat customers. For example:
Listening to and working with customers to understand their vehicle questions
Performing diagnoses using computerized diagnostic tools
Communicating problems and solutions to customers, clearly explaining all options
Accurately estimating the time needed for repairs
Technicians often find themselves performing actual repair work on vehicles of all makes and models. These types of repairs include wear and tear and other damage to many parts of modern vehicles. For example:
Engine performance diagnosis and repair
Drive train replacement
Wheel alignment & retraining the tracking control system
Brake wear diagnosis and replacement
Modern automobiles utilize extremely complex electrical systems, as computers assist with many daily driving tasks even in the most basic cars. ITA’s Automotive Technology graduates are prepared to maintain and repair these vital systems. For example:
Accident avoidance systems
Automated parking assistance systems
Braking and ABS controls
Power and electronically-assisted steering systems
Hybrid power systems (overview)
We believe the best training comes from learning in a realistic setting, like the auto repair shops you see in every community. So, by design, our students receive on-the-job-style, hands-on training, in what was an actual working automotive repair shop. What better way to prepare our graduates, along with the practical skills you need to succeed, for a smooth transition to the workforce.
All of the courses in the ITA Automotive Technician program include the use of hand and specialty tools, commonly associated with the trade, such as:
Common and specialty hand tools
Engine and vehicle diagnostic equipment
Service information databases
Some areas of technology study include computer controls and electronic diagnostics; brakes, steering and suspensions; transmissions and transaxles; and automotive heating and air conditioning. In each of our courses, we also emphasize important job safety procedures.
We want to invite you to experience our program for yourself. Our admissions team is ready to answer any questions you might have about it, so feel free to reach out for additional details. If you’re interested in visiting in person, we’d be happy to arrange a visit to our school so you can see our students and instructors in action.
As an Automotive Technician, you can apply your knowledge and skills to a variety of different environments as you pursue your passion. The automotive industry is ripe with change as new vehicle technology, and high-tech systems are now considered standard equipment.
So, what does an automotive technician do when he or she wants a more distinctive career? Some technicians choose to specialize in specific automotive work like:
Electronic & Electrical Technicians – Will inspect and test complex electrical or electronic systems to locate, diagnose and repair malfunctions, using visual inspections and testing instruments, such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters, among others
Automotive Air Conditioning Technicians – These specialists install, diagnose, and repair car air conditioners and parts such as condensers, compressors, and refrigerants.
Brake and Front-End Technicians – Often combined into one role, these specialists are responsible for diagnosing and repairing brakes, brake pads, front end suspension, and electric steering.
Transmission Technicians – This is a job for the computer savvy mechanic. Transmission technicians must be able to use technology to diagnose and repair electrical and hydraulic problems.
Drivability Technicians – These technicians are also known as diagnostic technicians and are responsible for diagnosing engine malfunctions.
High-Performance Vehicle Technician – High-performance means more training so that you perform at the top of your game; racing teams and performance car enthusiasts alike, depend on it.
Other technicians, once they've gained a suitable level of experience, choose to focus their careers on servicing vehicles from particular manufacturers or regions of the world (e.g., North American, European, or Japanese makes and models).
Know that multiple paths exist in the automotive trade for those who want to match their interests to their careers.
to the job market !
Automotive Technician Apprentice
Automotive Service Advisor
Collision Damage Estimator
Automotive Parts & Accessories Advisor
Car and truck dealerships
Automotive service shops
Auto parts stores
High-performance auto shops
Average salary: 23$/hr
Province of Quebec
Average salary: 22$/hr
Average salary: 24$/hr
* The average salary comes in at $43,730. The top 10 percent earned $66,950 or more annually.