Career – Quick Facts
Career Path: e.g. post-secondary, second year entry
Annual (Gross) Salary:
Canadian Schools offering:
Common Job Fields:
1. What year did you graduate secondary school?
2. What is your current job title?
– Red Seal Automotive technician (Master technician for Nissan motor company)
3. Where and for whom do you currently work for now?
– Vancouver. Southside Nissan.
4. What inspired you to pursue your career?
– My uncle John has been a technician for years and always looked up to him growing up. Also Mr Evans and Mr Botsford also helped me throughout my high school at Tupper
5. What do you love about your career?
– Complex problem solving. Learning the latest automotive technology. The sense of satisfaction when a multiple day job is fixed.
6. Any negatives about your job to share?
– Just to use safety equipment (eye protection, hearing protection and breathing protection) long term exposure to some chemicals and dust can be harmful. Also to care of your body and joints as there is lots of lifting and long days on your feet.
7. What characteristics are ideal for someone pursuing your career?
– Someone who is self motivated and organized. It’s nice to help people when they’re having a bad day by fixing their cars quickly and cost effectively.
8. What is the most rewarding part of your career?
– Having people depend on me to fix complex issues and finding a problem after hours of diagnosis.
9. What courses would you recommend to take during highschool to help in your career path?
– Anything technical or trades related.
10.Describe your academic and non-academic path to your profession (the more detail the better!)
– I knew from an early age that I wanted to fix cars. I started my apprenticeship in the summer between grade 11 and 12. I then continued the day after graduation. I started at a small independent shop which I think is essential to becoming a strong mechanic. While dealership training and support is great I think the best mechanics can work on all models and brands. You can only get exposed to this in a independent shop.
11. What do you like to do for fun?
– I volunteer with a Pitbull dog rescue and love educating people about this wonderful misunderstood breed. I enjoy getting out in the wilderness on weekends with my fiancé, friends and my dogs. Nothing is better then a night under the stars away from the city.
12. Favourite hockey team or proudest Canadian thing?
– Vancouver Canucks obviously!
The proudest Canadian moment was either the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and all the events or the 2011 Canucks run to the Stanley Cup.
13. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger highschool self?
– As much as I love my career I wish I was a little more open to other courses and experiences in my final years at tupper. As I got older I regretted not taking more sciences or acedemic courses so I went to Langara for one semester to take a English Literature course just to experience it.
14. If you are okay to be contacted by students, what contact would you be okay to leave to communicate with you? (ie. email, work number, etc.)
May I contact you with questions?
-Sure! Shoot an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject line “Contact: (full name)” and your question.
(Responses may take some time.)
-Sorry, not at this time.
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