Job prospects Automotive Service Technician - Steering, Suspension And Brakes near Terrebonne (QC)

Explore current and future job prospects for Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers near Terrebonne (QC). These trends also apply to people working as an automotive service technician - steering, suspension and brakes.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Recent trends from the past 3 years

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was good over the past few years (2019-2021). There were more job openings than workers available to fill them.

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Job outlook over the next 3 years

automotive service technician - steering, suspension and brakes
Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321) in the Lanaudière region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions. Part of this growth is attributable to the recovery of losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Employers usually require a diploma of vocational studies in Automobile Mechanics, Heavy-Duty Road Vehicle Mechanics or Auto Bodywork, as well as a certificate of qualification issued by the Comité paritaire de l'industrie des services automobiles (CPA). However, an apprentice with no vocational training can work with an experienced journeyperson to learn the basics of the trade. An individual's total number of hours of experience in the trade determines whether they are eligible to write the professional qualification exam to obtain a CPA certificate of competence. Qualified professionals can obtain the Red Seal certification, which allows them to work anywhere in Canada. The most frequently sought-after skills in candidates are punctuality, attention to detail, resourcefulness and the ability to deliver quality work.

Changes in employment in this occupation depend mainly on the number of vehicles on the road, the average age of these vehicles and the number of road accidents. Therefore, the increasing number of vehicles on the road leads to these mechanics being hired, as does the average age of vehicles, which has been gradually increasing since 2013. Conversely, the number of damaged vehicles has been decreasing slightly in recent years. This trend, which is expected to continue over the next few years, will mitigate the positive impact of the two previous factors regarding the demand for these workers.

While it will be good elsewhere, the employment outlook for this occupation will be fair in the following regions:

  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Bas-Saint-Laurent, due to more moderate job creation and a higher proportion of unemployed workers

Here are some key facts about Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers in the Lanaudière region:

  • Approximately 3,070 people work in this occupation.
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other services (except public administration) (NAICS 81): 46%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 24%
    • Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 18%
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