Industry occupations

program industry occupations

As the current workforce gets closer to the age of retirement, employers are looking for new employees to fill open positions and move up within companies. The training provided by Motive Action will qualify you for careers in the high-demand trades sector.

The program will provide entry-level training and work experience in the following occupations:

Automotive Service Technicians

Duties: Automotive Service Technicians perform preventative maintenance, diagnosis of faulty operation, and repairs on automotive vehicles and light trucks. They adjust, test, and repair engines, steering systems, braking systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions, air-conditioning systems, electrical systems and electronic control circuits, and perform wheel alignments. In large shops, they sometimes specialize in repairing, rebuilding and servicing specific parts. In smaller shops, Auto Techs may work on a wider variety of repair jobs.

Most Automotive Service Technicians work a 40-hour, five-day week. Some evening, weekend, or holiday work may be required. The work is sometimes noisy and dirty, and there is some risk of injury involved due to running equipment and exhaust gases. Automotive Service Technicians may be required to lift parts and equipment weighing up to 25 kilograms.

Heavy Equipment Technicians

Duties:  Heavy Equipment Technicians repair, overhaul, and maintain mobile heavy equipment such as highway transport vehicles, construction and earth-moving equipment, tractors and mobile industrial equipment. Heavy Equipment Technicians may also specialize in engine overhaul, transmission and drive axle overhaul, hydraulic controls, electrical/electronics, air conditioning, and fuel injection.

The working environment for Heavy Equipment Technicians varies considerably from one job to another. Some Heavy Equipment Technicians work in modern shops. Others work in construction or oil field situations. Travel requirements and hours of work also vary. To prevent the possibility of injury, a high degree of safety must be exercised when working with heavy equipment and power tools.

Auto Body Technicians

Duties: Auto Body Technicians repair and/or replace damaged motor vehicle structures and body components, and apply interior and exterior finishes. They may specialize in damage appraisal, frame straightening, sheet metal and plastics repair work, preparation or refinishing. Journeyman certification is available as a Prepper, Repairer, or Refinisher. By combining these areas, certification is available as an Auto Body Technician.

Auto Body Technicians generally work a 40-hour, five-day week, with occasional overtime required. They work indoors in a noisy, often dusty, environment. Although most shops are well ventilated, the work involves exposure to dust and fumes. There is always some risk of injury involved in working with sharp or hot metals, welders and power tools. Auto Body Technicians may be required to lift parts and equipment weighing up to 25 kilograms.


Welding usually involves applying heat to metal pieces to melt and fuse them together. In electric arc welding, heat is created as an electric current flows through an arc between the tip of the welding electrode and the metal. In gas welding, such as oxy-acetylene welding, the flame from the combustion of burning gases melts metal. Welders use different welding processes and fillers depending on the type of metal, its size and shape, and requirements for finished product strength.

For typical welding projects, welders develop patterns or follow directions given in layouts, blueprints and work orders. Welders also clean, check for defects and shape component parts and weld parts together.

Metal Fabricators

Metal fabricators use many types of metal including black and galvanized steel, copper, brass, aluminum and tin plate to make products such as metal cabinets, custom built tables, counters and fixtures for hospitals, kitchen equipment and other items.

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