The TRU School of Trades & Technology has three training options for Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic tradespeople:
Commercial transport vehicle mechanics maintain, rebuild, overhaul, recondition, do diagnostic troubleshooting and repair a wide variety of motorized commercial truck, bus and road transport equipment. They work for commercial transport vehicle dealers, garages, mines and transportation companies. A Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic is designated as a Truck and Transport Mechanic under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program.
This program is under review by the Transportation Career Development Association (TCDA) in consultation with ITA. For more information, please contact TCDA at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Heavy Duty / Commercial Transport Mechanic Foundation program covers the material of both the Heavy Duty Mechanic and Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic foundation programs, and students receive a dual certificate upon completion. The program prepares graduates to enter an Apprenticeship training program and is the pre-requisite for completing an apprenticeship in the following Red Seal trades:
The program covers all aspects of inspection, basic repair and maintenance of heavy equipment including tractors, loaders, bulldozers, graders and excavators, and the inspection and repair of transportation equipment, including commercial trucks and buses.
This is a full-time, 36-week program, offered on campus at TRU in Kamloops.
Program Start Dates
Fall: Late August
In addition to daily classroom studies, a strong emphasis is placed on practical training with numerous “hands-on” projects involving the repair and replacement of worn and damaged mechanical, hydraulic and electrical parts. Graduates will have the skills to be hired on as an immediately productive employee- reducing the need for employers to invest extensive time and resources into training a new apprenticeship candidate with no experience.
Personal benefits as well as monetary rewards make this trade a lucrative vocation. Journeyperson Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanics are in great demand, and the employment opportunities are unlimited across a wide range of industries, including:
Students are required to supply their own safety boots and glasses, three pairs of “hi-vis” coveralls (100% cotton), welding gloves and welding cap. Students are also responsible for the cost of laundering their own coveralls.
The current estimated costs for the complete 36-week program include:
Student and Lab Fees $1100
Proof of Canadian citizenship or, for those born outside Canada, proof of Permanent Residence Status.
Application and Admission Process
Applications are accepted at any time during the year. Students are encouraged to submit the Application for Admission form as soon as possible. The minimum documentation required by Admissions to start the application process includes:
Seats in Foundation programs are allocated on a first come/first served basis, using the date by which students meet the following entrance requirements: submit a completed application form, pay the TRU application fee and successful achievement on the entry assessment test.
Contact the TRU Assessment Centre at 250.828.5470 for more information on the Accuplacer and for testing times and locations. There is a charge to write the test and also for any rewrites (if required). Out of town testing is available.
If you were not accepted OR applied but did not attend last year, you need to submit a NEW application form and contact Admissions to ensure that all required documentation is still on file and complete. Please call Trades Admissions at 250.371.5540 if you have any questions about admission requirements or the application process for Foundation training.
Apprenticeship training for Commercial Transport Mechanics is for individuals currently working in the industry who are indentured into a formal agreement between their employer and a provincial apprenticeship authority. For information on how to become an indentured apprentice, contact the ITABC at 1.866.660.6011.
A fully trained, Journeyperson Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic will have the ability to diagnose electrical, mechanical and hydraulic troubles and make repairs according to the manufacturers’ specifications. The work involves the ability to determine the cause of the faulty operation of equipment; and the disassembling and reassembling of engines,
transmissions, cooling systems, fuel and exhaust systems, clutches and differentials, using hand and power tools and specialized equipment.
It typically takes four years to complete an apprenticeship, which includes all four levels of technical training and completion of the required 5940 work-based training hours needed to achieve Industry Training Authority certification as a Commercial Transport Mechanic. TRU offers levels 1, 2, and 3 of technical training for the Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship as full-time, 6-week programs. Level 4 is offered as an 8-week, full-time program.
Hydraulic Systems; Steering Systems; Hydraulic and Air Brake Systems; Trailer Bodies; Electrical Introduction
Standard Transmissions; Torque Converters; Drive Axles; Engine Support Systems; Electricity Applied; Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Introduction
Electricity Advanced; Combustion Engine Theory; Carbureted Fuel Systems; Diesel Injection Systems
Rebuild Gasoline/Diesel Engines; Electronic Systems; Electronic Diesel Systems; Vehicle Retarders; Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Once students complete their Level 4 technical training, they write the Inter Provincial Red Seal exam. Successful candidates receive their Journeyperson status along with Red Seal Certification.
The current estimated costs for each 6-week technical training module include:
Student and Lab Fees $150
Books (Levels 1-3): $200-$300.
The current estimated costs for the 8-week level-4 class include:
Student and Lab Fees $200
Classes are offered throughout the year. See www.tru.ca/trades/apprenticeship for the complete class schedule.
Foundation Program Training
Mechanical Trades Chairperson
Commercial Transport Apprenticeship Training
Vera Mazzei - Registrar's Office
Trades & Technology Admissions
Apprentice Program Admissions