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Motive Power

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What is motive power?

More of an umbrella term, Motive Power encompasses a range of trades that involve working with moving machines. Proper functioning transportation equipment is key to a prosperous economy and opportunities in this sector are expected to grow in the coming years.

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In the Workplace

There are ample opportunities across a range of industries for those working in the Motive Power trade. Whether you choose to pursue the service or mechanical side of the industry, you will most likely be working alongside a team of professionals who also enjoy this hands-on career. Job opportunities range from large companies to smaller shops, or you could choose to start your own business where you set the hours and rates that work for you. Most people in this industry work full-time, sometimes with shiftwork, so a flexible schedule is to be expected.

Career Options:

  • Service and repair shops
  • Auto dealerships
  • Parts distributor and wholesaler
  • Insurance appraiser and adjustment companies
  • Airplane/Marine industry
  • Small engines
  • Heavy equipment

Moving Forward

In this industry, you can expect to start at an entry-level position after your apprenticeship. This career has the option to obtain a Red Seal certification. This is a seal on your provincial or territorial trade certificate that shows you have the knowledge and skills necessary to work in your trade all across Canada. Depending on the path you choose, there can be a range of advancement opportunities, especially with continued learning and specializations. There are ample opportunities to move up to supervisory positions or you could be your own boss by starting a business.

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