Truck and Transport Mechanic

WHAT YOU DO

Every day and night, hundreds of commercial transport trucks—you might know them as “semis”—crisscross the highways of B.C., transporting raw materials like logs and delivering finished goods like cars to businesses across the province. Keeping these huge rigs running safely and smoothly is the job of a Truck and Transport Mechanic.

Truck and Transport Mechanics spend their time on their backs or under the hood testing, fixing and maintaining highway trucks and buses. Many work indoors on busy shops floors, but if your specialty is fleet maintenance or emergency repair, there’s a good chance you’ll spend a lot of time outside.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to inspect, diagnose and service highway buses and trucks
  • How to repair vehicle systems related to fuel, brakes, steering and suspension, transmission, emission control and exhaust, and cooling and climate control
  • How to use computerized diagnostic equipment to test vehicle performance
  • How to perform preventative maintenance, including oil changes and tune-ups

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Truck and Transport Mechanics usually work for commercial transport vehicle dealers, automotive repair shops, garages and service stations.

Types of Workplaces

  • Small Repair Shops
  • Construction Companies
  • Large Fleet Maintenance Companies
  • Transportation Companies

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You will be paired with an expert Truck and Transport Mechanic who can overhaul, maintain, rebuild, recondition and does diagnostic troubleshooting of motorized commercial truck, bus, and road, transport equipment.

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Fixers are

ANALYTICAL, DEXTEROUS, MECHANICAL, RESOURCEFUL, SYSTEMATIC

Critical Skills

  • Use cutting and welding equipment
  • Service and repair Hydraulic, power and air brakes
  • Diagnose and maintain frames, steering and suspension
  • Assess and repair heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • Understand engines and supporting systems
  • Identify structural components and accessories

Earn

$44K - $53K annually
$12.75 - $35.00 hourly

Work

  • 35-40
  • hours per week
    potentially evenings or weekends

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

A Fixer's Story

Kurtis Gordey, 17

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer

Armstrong, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.