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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.
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.
- BC Grade 10, but Grade 12 strongly recommended, or mature student status
- Successful completion of Entry Assessment Test
- Good health
- Mechanical aptitude
- Must have safety boots and glasses
- Must supply and launder your own coveralls
- Must purchase welding gloves and welding hat
for this foundation program
for this trade
for this trade
Next program intakes
Jan. 27, 2020 - Sept. 4, 2020
July 27, 2020 - March 19, 2021
Oct. 26, 2020 - June 18, 2021
Feb. 1, 2021 - Sept. 10, 2021
Sept. 8, 2020 - April 30, 2021
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
Apprentices must purchase the required textbooks and provincial competency manuals. Students are also required to pay tuition fees while attending TRU.
Apprenticeship training dates
|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|
for this apprenticeship course
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.
|Accuplacer exam fee||$37|
|Parking (student parking website)||$2.50 (pass)
$5 per day
|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|
|Optional Training: Forklift - $200 and Airbrakes - $150|