Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Transport Trailer Technician

Commercial trailer mechanics maintain, rebuild, overhaul, recondition, do diagnostic trouble shooting and repair of commercial truck trailers.

Heavy Mechanical Foundation

The heavy mechanical foundation program supports pre-apprenticeship training for the heavy mechanical trades, including transport trailer technician. 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.


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


TRU offers:

  • Level 1 — 300 hours delivered over 10 weeks
  • Level 2 — 240 hours delivered over eight weeks

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


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.

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