Canada’s automotive industry is vibrant and growing—and it’s only getting bigger. Here are some careers available within the Canadian automotive sector.

Car Career Controller

Controller

The Controller is a member of a dealership’s senior management team. This position requires a university degree and is often occupied by someone who is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA). The Controller has the whole financial picture of a dealership from budgeting and financing to taxation and investment management.

Car Career Finance

Finance & Insurance Manager

This is an integral role in the sales operation. When a customer has made a decision to purchase or lease a vehicle, the F&I Manager arranges for suitable financing, insurance and completes a product presentation which includes extended warranties and protection packages for the vehicle. This role is also referred to as the Business Manager.

Car Career Manager

General Manager

There are several titles associated with General Manager. Some dealerships have General Managers, who oversee all operations and report to the Dealer Principal. Some Dealer Principals are also the General Manager. In other dealerships there are General Sales Managers that oversee specifically, the sales operation.

Car Career Parts Advisor

Parts Advisor

When a customer needs repairs, parts are often needed. The Parts Advisor is the person in charge of sourcing the necessary parts to ensure that repairs are completed on time and on budget.

Car Career Sales Consultant

Sales Consultant

Salespeople are essentially brand ambassadors that know the vehicles inside and out and can help customers make an informed decision when choosing to purchase or lease a vehicle. In British Columbia today, Salespeople must obtain a Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia license in order to work on the dealership floor and sell cars.

Car Career Service Technician

Service Technician

The Service Technician is the person that will carry out the maintenance and repairs on a customer’s vehicle. Gone are the days of the “dirty job” image of technicians. Today, they are a combination of diagnosticians, engineers, electricians and computer programmers, based on how quickly technology is changing. Many college programs in the automotive industry include apprenticeship programs that involve working and reporting to a seasoned Service Technician.