Automotive jobs in Canada

Canada is a large producer of light duty vehicles such as cars, pickup trucks and vans, and heavy duty vehicles such as trucks, buses, military vehicles, and components in the North American market. The automotive industry in Canada is a major contributor to Canada’s economy and employs over 500,000 people. It’s the largest manufacturing sector in Canada and has a proven worldwide reputation for innovation, research & development, quality and expertise. It’s a globally competitive business and is the eighth largest automotive industry in the world attracting names such as Honda, Ford, Mercedes, Toyota, Mazda, GM, Lexus and many more.

Strengths in the Canadian automotive industry

Canada has strengths in a number of areas in the automotive industry some of which include:

  • Advanced casting of light metals
  • Welding and joining
  • Inspection and vision systems
  • Tooling and robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Laser imaging
  • Fuel cells, hydrogen & alternative fuels
  • Hydroforming
  • Powertrain engineering

Areas of automotive activity in Canada

The majority of automotive related business activity takes place in the regions of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia, though there is some automotive activity in Alberta, involving the manufacture of trucks.

Ontario automotive jobs

Ontario is Canada’s largest producer of light vehicles and components, and component plants and assembly plants are located across the region in areas such as Oshawa, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, and Windsor. Ontario employs over 87,000 automotive workers and of the 2.1 million vehicles manufactured there in 2011, 85% by value were exported.

Quebec automotive jobs

Quebec’s key strengths involve manufacturing parts and systems for new generation hybrid and electric vehicles. Businesses in the area specialise in fuel delivery systems, lightweight materials, electric motorisation and batteries.

Manitoba automotive jobs

Manitoba’s key areas of activity include the production of urban and intercity buses, trailers, agricultural equipment, motor homes, and fire trucks. Leading companies in this region include New Flyer Industries and Motorcoach Industries.

British Columbia automotive jobs

British Columbia’s key strength is in the production of hydrogen and fuel cells, and leading companies in the region include Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation and Ballard Power Systems.

Careers in the Canadian automotive industry

We are well placed to serve the needs of the Canadian automotive industry. Some of the most commonly placed automotive jobs include:

  • Electrical engineer jobs
  • Mechanical engineer jobs
  • Composites engineer jobs
  • Manufacturing engineer jobs
  • Chassis systems engineer jobs
  • Interior systems engineer jobs
  • Operations engineer jobs
  • Battery cell engineer jobs
  • Chemical engineer jobs
  • Design engineer jobs
  • Quality engineer jobs
  • Powertrain engineer jobs
  • R&D jobs

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