Automotive - Management

What to expect from a career in Automotive Management

The automotive industry is one of the largest industries in Canada – it’s also one of the most competitive. New technology, strict regulations and evolving vehicle designs and consumer expectations make the automotive industry fast-paced and demanding. Automotive management programs at Ontario colleges provide students with the business knowledge and practical experience to enter this ever-changing industry.

If you enjoy everything automotive and want the skills for a career in this competitive industry, here’s what you need to know.

Automotive Management Courses

Students in automotive management programs will learn core business theories and policies before focusing on automotive business. Programs encompass a variety of subjects, including (but not limited to):

  • Marketing
  • Automotive business trends
  • Sales
  • Management / leadership
  • Finance

Students will build analytical and problem-solving skills that will help them develop and understand business, marketing and financial plans. In addition, entrepreneurial and leadership courses will prepare students to work in various business environments and adapt to changes in the workplace and the industry.

Mandatory co-operative work placements throughout automotive management programs equip students with plenty of real-world experience upon graduation. After completing an automotive management program (offered at the degree level) students will also be able to pursue a graduate level business degree (Master’s degree, or MBA).

General Automotive Management Program Requirements

Automotive management programs at Ontario colleges typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including 6 grade 12 courses. A grade 12 English and math credit is also required. It is also recommended that students take a second grade 12 math credit.

Automotive Management Jobs and Salaries

Ontario college automotive management programs prepare students for a career in management in a range of departments, including (but not limited to):

  • Parts
  • Service
  • Customer service
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Corporate and head office

Students will be well-prepared to take on management-level positions, whether in a corporate environment, in their own start-up dealership or in another automotive organization.

Salaries in the automotive management industry will vary depending on the position and the organization, but typically start in the mid- to high-$30,000 range.

Ontario Colleges Offering Automotive Management Programs

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