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 can lead to various pathways including three Red Seal Trades: Truck and Transport Mechanic, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician and Transport Trailer Technician; and to the Diesel Engine Mechanic Provincial Certification of Qualification.

What makes our program unique:

  1. Our instructors are OEM trained and certified Red Seal technicians, who understand the trade and how to help you succeed.
  2. Work on a large selection of on and off road trucks and equipment, and the latest training simulators.
  3. Benefit from a small school feel that puts the student first.

What you'll graduate with:

  • Heavy Mechanical Foundation Certificate of Completion
  • The in-school technical training required for Level 1 Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Diesel Engine Mechanic, Transport Trailer Technician, and Truck and Transport Mechanic Apprenticeships
  • 450 hours of work-based training time towards Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Diesel Engine Mechanic, Transport Trailer Technician, and Truck and Transport Mechanic Apprenticeships

Program requirements:

  • Must be in good health
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • BC Grade 10 mandatory, but Grade 12 strongly recommended (or mature student status)
  • Successful completion of Entry Assessment Test


  • 82% of graduates from this program are in labour force
  • 69% of graduates from this program satisfied with training
  • 70% quality of instruction rated by program graduates
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Williams Lake

Next program intakes

July 26, 2021 - March 18, 2021

October 25, 2021 - June 17, 2022

January 31, 2022 - September 9, 2022

Williams Lake
September 7, 2021 - April 29, 2022

Program length

34 weeks


Transport Trailer Technician

Program overview

The Heavy Mechanical Trades apprentice program is common training for Level 1 through Level 3, followed by Level 4 trade-specific training. Apprentices register in their trade with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and attend the required common and trade-specific technical training at TRU, depending on their pathway.

Thompson Rivers University offers the transport trailer technician apprenticeship at Levels 1 and 2:

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


Apprentices must purchase the required textbooks and provincial competency manuals. Students are also required to pay tuition fees while attending TRU.

Technical training levels required for completion of each of the apprenticeship programs:

Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM) – Red Seal
Level 1, 2, 3 Heavy Mechanical Trades (HMT)
Level 4 Truck and Transport Mechanic (TTM)

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET) – Red Seal
Level 1, 2, 3 Heavy Mechanical Trades (HMT)
Level 4 Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (HDET)

Diesel Engine Mechanic (DEM) – C of Q
Level 1, 2 Heavy Mechanical Trades (HMT)
Note: Registration in this trade will be at the ITA only. Apprentices complete the HMT levels at TRU.

Transport Trailer Technician (TTT) – Red Seal
Level 1 Heavy Mechanical Trades (HMT)
Level 2 Transport Trailer Technician (TTT)

Apprenticeship training dates

HMT - Level 1 Aug 30, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 1 Feb 14, 2022  Apr 22, 2022 Kamloops 
HMT - Level 2 Mar 29, 2021 May 21, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 May 10, 2021 Jul 02, 2021 Kamloops
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Costs for Transport Trailer Technician programs

Fees are based on 2019 rates and are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

Application fee $30.42
Accuplacer exam fee $37
Accuplacer rewrites $25
Parking (student parking website) $2.50 (pass)
$5 per day
Heavy Duty Mechanic Foundation
Tuition $3,565.00
Student and lab fees $1,220.00
Learning guides and/or textbooks $889.00
CSA work boots, clear safety glasses, 2 pair hi-vis 100% cotton coveralls $350.00
Calculator, 3-ring binder, paper, pens, etc. $50
Total $6,074.00
Optional Training: Forklift - $275 and Airbrakes - $189


Lyle Hirowatari

Lyle Hirowatari

Lyle has been involved with the heavy mechanical trades for over 36 years. He holds Heavy Duty Mechanics and Part Person Red Seal qualifications and his Provincial Instructor Diploma, and is a certified forklift and aisle truck instructor, CVSE inspector and instructor, and LPG/CNG installation technician.

Instructing at TRU has been the highlight of his long career, during which he’s also worked at the Ministry of Transportation & Highways, Yellow Deere Equipment Repair, Interior Roads Maintenance, IRL Truck Center and Kamloops Freightliner.

When not instructing, you’ll find Lyle golfing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, hiking and camping.

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Kyle Doiron

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