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Other Mechanics

What they do?

Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics install and maintain oil, coal, and wood heating systems in residential/commercial buildings.

A. Electric appliance servicers and repairers service and repair domestic appliances.

B. Electrical mechanics maintain, test, and repair electric motors, transformers, switchgears, and other electrical apparatus. They may specialize in particular functions or products.

C. Motorcycle and other related mechanics test, repair, and service motorcycles, snowmobiles, forklifts, and similar vehicles.

D. Other small-engine and equipment mechanics test, repair, and service small gasoline- and diesel-powered equipment such as outboard motors/lawn mowers.

Where they find work?

1. Other services (except public administration) - 30.0%
2. Retail trade - 18.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 10.0%
4. Construction - 10.0%
5. Electrical equipment appliance and component manufacturing - 4.0%
6. Real estate and rental and leasing - 3.0%
7. Arts entertainment and recreation - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.

2. To gain trade certification as an oil and solid fuel heating, electrical, motorcycle, small-engine and equipment mechanic or repairer, you usually need a three- to four-year apprenticeship or a combination of experience and college or other courses.

3. You may need trade certification in the province/territory where you'll work.

4. Most mechanics may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.

5. To be a small appliance repairer or other small-engine and equipment mechanic, you usually need on-the-job training and college or other courses.

6. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Mechanics
3. Industrial Arts (Electricity)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Other Mechanics is $16.76/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Other Mechanics wages

Expected Wage by Age

Other Mechanics Wage By Age


4% of Other Mechanics are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Other Mechanics Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Other Mechanics Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Other Mechanics is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($16.76) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is below average.

3. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (21%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Vehicles/appliances

2. Maintenance/manufacturing

3. Communication skills

Part Time Workers

Other Mechanics Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

7% of Other Mechanics are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 30,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 36% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Other Mechanics Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Other Mechanics Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 21% of Other Mechanics are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Other Mechanics Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

1% of the individuals employed as Other Mechanics are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.