What Does an Alignment and Brakes Technician Do?

Alignment and Brakes Technicians (310E) inspect, diagnose and repair electrical and electronic controls, suspension systems and frames, braking and steering systems, as well as tires, wheels, rims and hubs. They also perform an alignment on motor vehicles. Automotive Service Technicians may at some point in their career choose to specialize in alignment and brake systems.

Learn about the business case for training apprentices in the automotive service field

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reviewing work orders and discussing with co-workers or supervisors
  • Inspecting braking or steering systems, diagnosing problems and working to resolve and repair
  • Adjusting, repairing or replacing parts and components of brake, steering and suspension systems
  • Inspecting electrical and electronic controls, diagnosing and fixing problems
  • Testing and adjusting repaired systems to manufacturer's specifications
  • Advising customers on work performed, general vehicle conditions and future repair requirements

You may find additional information about this trade and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – Motive Power sector link: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/resources/training-standards .

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Grade 12 or the equivalent (GED or ACE) are required under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Credits in Math, Science and English; high school courses in Automotive Mechanics would be an asset. Entry and successful completion of an Alignment and Brakes Technician apprenticeship involves successful completion of 5400 hours of on-the-job training as well as 480 hours of in-school theory training. This trade is a restricted trade under OCoT and must be followed by successfully passing an OCoT written examination. Upon successful completion, the candidate will be recognized by the OCoT Program Development and Standards unit with a Certificate of Qualification.

Community Colleges in Ontario often offer full time Automotive Service Technician and other associated programs, and many provide Modified Apprenticeship Programs or MAP courses tied directly to specific car/truck manufacturers. Check out the Centennial College School of Transportation at www.centennialcollege.ca for additional information on full time and MAP programs.

What’s Your Future as an Alignment and Brakes Technician?

You could be employed by a small shop devoted to repair of vehicle brakes and alignment, or in a specialized area of a larger company dealing specifically with braking and steering systems. Most people who work in this field work year-round, full-time mostly indoors with exposure to noise, vibration, liquids, fumes and odours covered by workplace regulations. Employers who might hire you include:

  • Automobile dealers
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturers
  • Automotive parts and accessories stores
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices are generally paid less than journeypersons
  • As your work performance, skills and expertise improve, your wages generally increase
  • Hourly wage rates vary in the range of $10.50 to $29.00 per hour, sometimes with benefits and the opportunities for overtime

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as an An Alignment and Brakes Technician for You?

Do you have a strong mechanical aptitude and like to 'tinker' with machinery?

Yes      No

Do you like to keep up with advances in technology?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with your hands using a variety of hand and power tools?

Yes      No

Can you stand, crouch, kneel, bend and lift up to 25 kilograms?

Yes      No

Do you have the physical stamina to work for 10-12 hours per day?

Yes      No

Do you mind working in a dirty, cold or hot environment?

Yes      No

Do you like diagnosing problems and finding solutions?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as an Alignment & Brakes Technician may be for you!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Auto Body Repairer
  • Automotive Painter
  • Avionics Technician

 

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