What Does a Transmission Technician Do?

Transmission Technicians (310D) inspect, diagnose, repair and service Manual, Automatic, electrical and electronic controls for cars, buses and trucks. They may also perform major repair and replacement of mechanical units on newly assembled motor vehicles.

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

A Transmission Technician is a person who inspects, and diagnoses and repairs:

  • Drive shafts, differentials, and drive axle assemblies
  •  Manual transmissions and transaxles
  • Automatic transmissions and transaxles
  • Electrical and electronic controls
  • Transmission oil coolers
  • Transfer cases
  • Reviewing work orders and discussing with co-workers or supervisors
  • Inspecting motors/transmissions in operation, road testing vehicles and testing automotive systems and components using electronic/computer or other testing devices to diagnose problems and isolate faults
  • 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 – follow this 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) is required under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). It would be beneficial to have credits in Math, Science and English; high school courses in Automotive Mechanics would be an asset. Entry and successful completion of a Transmission Technician apprenticeship (6,480 hours) is compulsory including two eight week (480 hours) of in school training and must be followed by successfully passing a written examination to obtain a Certificate of Qualification.

Community Colleges in Ontario often offer full time Automotive related 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 a Transmission Technician?

You may work in a large shop that encourages you to specialize in one specific area or you could be employed by a small shop and be required to work in all areas. 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 from in the range of $14.00 to $25.00 per hour, sometimes with benefits and the opportunities for overtime


Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Transmission Technician a good fit 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 a Transmission Technician may be for you!

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

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Truck and Coach Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Auto Body Repairer
  • Automotive Painter
  • Avionics Technician


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