What does a Truck and Coach Technician (310T) do?

Truck & Coach Technicians service, repair, overhaul, diagnose, and inspect motor coaches, heavy trucks, and truck-trailers.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Detecting and diagnosing operating problems in frames and steering mechanisms, engines, transmissions, brakes, ignition, axles, fuel systems, engine management systems, suspension systems, electrical/electronic systems, emission control systems, and air conditioning/refrigeration systems
  • Adjusting, overhauling, repairing, and reassembling engines, transmissions, clutches, rear ends, differentials, brakes, drive shafts, and axles
  • Using various equipment to diagnose and isolate faults
  • Keeping up to date on advances in technology and updating skills as necessary
  • Effectively communicating with co-workers, customers, and service managers
  • Reading and interpreting owner/operator/manufacturer manuals and service specifications

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent; math and English credits an asset
  • Co-op, pre-apprenticeship, or technical courses would be helpful
  • Completion of 6,720-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Truck and Coach Technician (310T)?

  • Full-time, year-round work
  • Risk of injury due to heavy equipment; exposure to exhaust fumes and chemicals is common
  • Employers include municipally, provincially, or privately owned coach companies; transportation companies; and construction or other material handling businesses

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $28.00-$42.00 per hour, depending on location.


Truck & Coach Technician (310T)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
Can you spot the differences when looking at objects?
Do you have excellent reading and writing skills?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you a continual learner? Do you enjoy learning about new technology?
Do you enjoy working with a variety of different tools?
Are you reliable? Do you have good time-management?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Truck & Coach Technician (310T) may be for you!

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