The Canadian automotive manufacturing industry is the eighth largest automotive manufacturing industry in the world and is Canada's largest industrial employer.
The industry manufactures small, mid, large and luxury passenger cars and light trucks consisting of vans, pick-ups, sport utility and crossover vehicles; and a wide range of parts, components, and systems used in these vehicles.
Vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers are facing very challenging times in the current economic situation. The industry is attempting to stabilize in this economy and redevelop competitive advantage through innovation and green technology.
Working in Automotive Manufacturing
There are many good reasons to recommend a career in the rapidly changing, technologically advanced world of automotive manufacturing:
Opportunity: The automotive manufacturing sector is one of the primary industries fuelling Canada's economic engine. The industry projects, over time, a shortage of skilled workers that will lead to increasing demand for employees.
Challenge: The industry is filled with highly skilled people doing interesting and challenging work. Career opportunities in the sector are diverse - opportunities exist for individuals with post-secondary and secondary education. Advanced technology makes this industry a dynamic place to be - one where an interest in, and a love for cars can be combined with an exciting career!
Reward: People who work in automotive manufacturing experience technologically challenging and rewarding careers, are well compensated for their work, and enjoy the advantages of excellent opportunities for career growth.
Skills & Training
A high school education with courses in mathematics, science, and technological education is the minimal requirement for entry into the industry.
Skills and training can be obtained through a variety of different avenues—apprenticeship, university, community college and technical trade training facilities. Community colleges across Canada provide a variety of apprenticeship, engineering technology, and auto manufacturing programs. Universities across Canada offer programs in industrial and manufacturing engineering, engineering and industrial management, and manufacturing technology and mechanical engineering. Many programs provide practical training experiences.
Certification for skilled trades, accreditation as a technician or technologist, or licensing and registration of engineers is required for those occupations.