Autobody Technician: Miles Hemmingway, Reliable Auto Body

Miles Hemmingway has worked in the automotive sector for 8 years and as an auto body technician for 6 of those years. In addition to his Motor Vehicle Body Repair status Miles is also has his Automotive Glass Technician ticket.

What attracted you to a career in the automotive industry?
I have always enjoyed cars from a young age.

What does a day in your job entail?
I repair vehicles to pre-accident condition. Some of the daily tasks that relate to the trade are welding, mechanical tasks, and metalwork.

How does someone prepare for employment in the automotive sector?
Show an interest for vehicles at a young age. Also, challenge yourself!

What do you think are good traits or skills for someone who wants to do your job?
Mechanical attributes and the ability to learn hands-on.

What kind of education and training did you receive before beginning your career in the automotive sector?
I did apprenticeship training at Vancouver Community College, which was 3 months over 3 years. I also did 2 weeks of automotive glass training at VCC. I also have my Red Seal ticket as an automotive repair technician and I am currently completing an automotive glass technician apprenticeship.

What are your thoughts about the future of the automotive industry?
The amount of vehicles per household is increasing yet the number of tradespeople finishing apprenticeships in automotive trades is decreasing. I’m concerned that a lack of tradespeople to fill positions will be a problem in the future.