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

The heavy mechanical foundation program supports pre-apprenticeship training for the heavy mechanical trades, including diesel engine 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.

Students working with machinery
Students working with machinery
Students and instructor working with machinery

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.

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
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Locations

Kamloops
Williams Lake

Next program intakes

Kamloops
Jan. 27, 2020 - Sept. 4, 2020
July 27, 2020 - March 19, 2021
Oct. 26, 2020 - June 18, 2021
Feb. 1, 2021 - Sept. 10, 2021

Williams Lake
Sept. 8, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Program length

36 weeks

Contact
trades@tru.ca

Truck and Transport Mechanic

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.

Thompson Rivers University offers the truck and transport mechanic apprenticeship at Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4:

  • 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

Requirements

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

Apprenticeship training dates

  From To Location
HMT - Level 1 Jan. 6, 2020 March 13, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 1 March 16, 2020 May 22, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 1 Oct. 13, 2020 Dec. 18, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 1 Feb. 1, 2021 March 26, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 March 16, 2020 May 8, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 May 25, 2020 July 17, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 Sep. 14, 2020 Nov. 6, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 Jan. 4, 2021 Feb. 26, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 2 March 29, 2021 May 21, 2021 Kamloops
HMT - Level 3 Jan. 6, 2020 Feb. 14, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 3 May 11, 2020 June 19, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 3 Nov. 9, 2020 Dec. 18, 2020 Kamloops
HMT - Level 3 March 1, 2021 April 9, 2021 Kamloops
HD - Level 4 Feb. 18, 2020 March 13, 2020 FULL Kamloops
HD - Level 4 June 22, 2020 July 17, 2020 Kamloops
HD - Level 4 Jan. 4, 2021 Jan. 29, 2021 Kamloops

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Costs for Truck and Transport Mechanic 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.

General
Application fee $29.25
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 - $200 and Airbrakes - $150