Job prospects Automotive Service Technician - Steering, Suspension And Brakes near Charlottetown (PE)
Explore current and future job prospects for Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers near Charlottetown (PE). These trends also apply to people working as an automotive service technician - steering, suspension and brakes.
Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.
Balanced labour market
The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.
The employment outlook will be fair for Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321) in Prince Edward Island for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Employment prospects for automotive service technicians are closely linked to the level of auto and retail industry activity. Significant use of trucks for goods transport and the importance of truck maintenance to meet provincial safety standards are also helping to support demand for truck mechanics.
Innovation in vehicle technology is increasing the complexity of this trade with the introduction of hybrid and electric cars. Workers who are able to keep their skills up-to-date and acquire knowledge of electronic and computer-regulated motor vehicle systems, such as computer diagnostic testing, will have better job prospects. Certified technicians may fare better in the job market. Some repair shops have extended work hours in the evening and weekends to meet the needs of their clientele. In addition, overtime work and on-call hours are also sometimes required. Workers are frequently required to supply their own tools and are normally required to have a valid driver's license.
There is a year-round demand for skilled workers in the P.E.I. labour market. Auto mechanics interested in establishing their own business may wish to explore appropriate investment opportunities. Some auto mechanics may wish to consider using their transferable skills to train or work as heavy equipment mechanics.
Here are some key facts about Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers in the Prince Edward Island region:
- Approximately 550 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): 42%
- Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 33%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 83% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 17% for all occupations
- 75% of automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers work all year, while 25% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
- 15% of automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
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