|Faculty:||School of Trades and Technology
|Degree:||Not Applicable; Apprenticeship
|Field of Study:||Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanics and Repairers, General
Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician
|Description:||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.
Opportunities are unlimited for the truck and transport vehicle mechanic who has acquired journeyperson 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