The automotive industry is one of the largest employers in the country and there are endless career possibilities in the industry. The right individual combined with the right education can result in a rewarding life-long career.
Automotive Career Profile
Automotive careers are ideal for those who are:
- Committed to continuous learning – in this growing and evolving field you must keep on top of the latest developments!
- Able to work with a wide variety of people - no one demographic has the monopoly on automobile ownership and these careers involve working with all members of the community!
- Driven and motivated to work individually and as a team - automotive careers can take you as far as your personal work ethic is prepared to go!
Ontario auto dealers look for qualified candidates with the education and hands-on experience to step into challenging and exciting roles.
Across Ontario, there are a number of colleges that offer the following programs, which provide you with the in-class learning and on-the-job experience to begin your new career.
- Automotive Service Technician
- Automotive Business
- Automotive Engineering & Technology
- Motive Power – Service & Management
- Motive Power Technician
- Motive Power Technician – Truck & Coach
- Motorcycle & Power Sport Vehicle Technician
Our Career Start program works closely with Ontario colleges that offer automotive programs to provide networking opportunities with our dealer members and to encourage active involvement in the industry. These relationships provide graduates with an inside track to career opportunities with some of the province’s most well-established and fastest growing dealerships.
- Algonquin - Ottawa
- Boréal - Sudbury
- Cambrian - Sudbury
- Centennial - Toronto
- Conestoga - Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph
- Confederation - Thunder Bay
- Durham - Oshawa, Whitby
- Georgian - Barrie, Orillia
- Loyalist - Belleville
- Mohawk - Hamilton
- Niagara - Niagara on the Lake, Grimsby, Welland
- Northern - Haileybury, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee, Timmins
- Sault - Sault Ste. Marie
- St. Clair - Windsor
- St. Lawrence - Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) collaborates with educational institutions to help consult and design curriculum that is current and relevant. We develop tools and material that promote careers in the automotive industry and ensure quality candidates.
TADA is over 100 years old and develops high ethical standards that every dealer member must respect to remain a member in good standing. TADA members are also members in good standing with the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC). TADA members employ over 47,000 professionals and generate $27 billion in retail sales.
Our focus on our commitment to members and job-seekers is driven by an Education Committee and a full-time Education Coordinator. Both create relationships between colleges, the industry and school boards whose graduates will be tomorrow's workforce.
The Next Steps
If you are a recent graduate or are already in the workforce, see our Job Posting Board, which is updated daily with exciting new opportunities at dealerships in Ontario.
As a current college student, you can search the job posting board for co-op and apprenticeship opportunities. You can also visit your program's office or career services team to explore these opportunities, get connected with recruiting dealers and get valuable advice on perfecting your resume and cover letters.
If you graduated from university or college, or are exploring post-secondary education, see the automotive programs offered at Ontario colleges. You can also explore upcoming college events in the automotive industry as well as career opportunities.
For questions on colleges, programs or careers in the auto industry, please contact us at any time.
TADA and Ontario School Boards
TADA works at the secondary school level to promote college programs that can lead to lifelong automotive careers.
Our Career Start brochure is distributed at schools across the province. We also provide workshops and presentations to secondary school students about the career paths they can explore with an automotive education. For TADA Education workshops please contact Dave Fraser (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 905 940-3017
We establish and enhance co-op education opportunities with dealerships to provide secondary school students with valuable, on-the-job experience.
We also participate in career-planning events in Ontario secondary schools to promote the industry and programs that can lead to exciting careers.