Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Truck and Transport Mechanic

(Formerly called Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic)

Truck and transport mechanics diagnose, repair and service highway buses and trucks. They work for commercial transport vehicle dealers, garages and service stations. These mechanics work on the mechanical, electrical and electronic components of vehicles. This includes the fuel, brake, steering and suspension, transmission, emission control and exhaust, and cooling and climate control systems.

Some mechanics specialize in one or more of these systems. Truck and transport mechanics are required to use computerized diagnostic equipment to do preventive maintenance and test vehicle performance. They also work on mechanical and electronic components and do scheduled maintenance, such as oil changes and tune-ups.

Heavy Mechanical Foundation

The heavy mechanical foundation program supports pre-apprenticeship training for the heavy mechanical trades, including truck and transport mechanic. It also covers:

Credit is granted for Level 1 technical training and 450 hours of work-based training time.

Course content

The program covers all aspects necessary for graduates to enter the trade as an apprentice. That is, the program is a pre-apprentice/trade entry, and does not require any previous experience or training in the industry.

Hands-on

Strong emphasis is placed on practical training with numerous hands-on projects. Graduates should be able to develop enough skills to be hired on as an immediately productive employee — reducing the need for employers to invest further time and resources into training a new apprenticeship candidate.

Course length: 36 weeks
Education requirements
  • BC Grade 10, but Grade 12 strongly recommended, or mature student status
  • Successful completion of Entry Assessment Test
General requirements
  • Good health
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Must have safety boots and glasses
  • Must supply and launder your own coveralls
  • Must purchase welding gloves and welding hat

Apprenticeship

Opportunities are unlimited for the truck and transport vehicle mechanic who has acquired journeyman status. Personal benefits as well as monetary rewards make this trade a lucrative vocation. In addition, trained people are always in great demand.

These mechanics work on the mechanical, electrical and electronic components of vehicles. This includes the fuel, brake, steering and suspension, transmission, emission control and exhaust, and cooling and climate control systems. Some mechanics specialize in one or more of these systems. Many commercial mechanics — particularly those in fleet maintenance and emergency repair — will work outside in all types of conditions. Other work is carried out within shops. Truck and Transport Mechanics are required to use computerized diagnostic equipment to do preventive maintenance and test vehicle performance. They also work on mechanical and electronic components and do scheduled maintenance, such as oil changes and tune-ups.

TRU offers:

  • Level 1 — 300 hours delivered over 10 weeks
  • Level 2 — 240 hours delivered over eight weeks
  • Level 3 — 180 hours delivered over six weeks
  • Level 4 — 120 hours delivered over four weeks

All apprenticeships have a waitlist. Adding your name is free, and you will be contacted when your name comes up.

Requirements

Apprentices must pay tuition and purchase the appropriate government published texts and required TRU lab manuals and worksheet packages.

Students must supply and launder their own coveralls, and must wear steel-toed safety footwear in the shops at all times.