Continuing Studies: Trades and Technology

Contact Continuing Studies at 250.392.8010 or email wlcontinuingstudies@tru.ca to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.

Thompson Rivers University's Continuing Studies Department has many trades courses for both the public and contract offerings. From Class 1 Driver Training to Welding to Small Engine Repair, we offer a variety of trades related courses that are designed for the job seeker or for general interest purposes.

Air Brake Certification
Air Brake Certification-Theory Only
Small Engine Repairs for Beginners
Welding Basics

Air Brake Certification • XDRV 0610

To get an air brake endorsement you must:

  • be 16 or older
  • complete an air brake training course
  • pass a pre-trip inspection test
  • pass a knowledge test

This 20-hour course satisfies the ICBC requirement and includes the pre-trip inspection test. This course prepares you for the knowledge test. Instruction will include ICBC approved curriculum as well as intermittent hands on learning opportunities.

Please bring steel-toed boots and your Drivers License to class.

Fee: TBA

Dates: TBA



Air Brake Certification Theory Only • XDRV 0580

This 16-hour in-class air brake theory course is ideal for individuals looking to pursue further training with Class 1/3 Driver Training and require air brakes as a starting point. This course is designed to prepare students for examination by the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC). Instruction will include ICBC approved curriculum as well as intermittent hands-on learning opportunities. Once the theory portion has been completed, successful candidates are encouraged to follow up with ICBC to write their air brake test and pre-trip assessment with their specific class of driver training.

If you would like the option for a pre-trip air brake inspection following the theory portion, please sign up for the Air Brake Certification course (above).

Please bring steel-toed boots and your Drivers License to class.

Fee: TBA

Dates: TBA


Small Engine Repair • XMEC 0600

This course is for individuals wishing to increase their knowledge of 2-stroke and 4-stroke small gasoline engines.  Practical tips and procedures for tune-ups and troubleshooting and ignition and carburetion theory will be reviewed.  This course is great for hobbyists or those that just want to understand why their small engine is not working.

This will be a practical course so students will need to bring a small engine (lawn mower, chainsaw, etc.) item to class.

Fee: TBA

Dates: TBA


Welding Basics XWLD 0500

Gain skills in basic welding. You will be provided with shielded metal welding instruction. Several different types of electrodes will be used in a variety of welding positions. An emphasis will be placed on safe equipment operation and techniques in cutting and fitting of joints. There will be opportunities to work on small projects or to perform limited repair on personal items.

Must bring your own welding helmets and gloves, and if possible, wear steel-toed boots, if you do not have steel-toed boots, steel-toes will be provided.

Fee: TBA

Dates: TBA


Contact Continuing Studies at 250.392.8010 or email wlcontinuingstudies@tru.ca to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.

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