Summary: The Truck and Coach Technician program at Centennial College prepares students for a variety of positions in the transportation field, one of Canada’s largest industries.
Did you know that if you are currently employed in the automotive service technician field and want to advance your career, you can do so by spending just two years at Centennial College’s Truck and Coach Technician (Co-op Apprenticeship)? This offering will see you graduate with Ontario College Diploma as well as all of the qualifications needed to enter the field. However, should this two-year format not suit you, there are other options.
The first format in which the Truck and Coach Technician’s auto mechanic courses can be completed is called day-release. In this format, students spend one day of the five-day working week on campus. They do this for 32 weeks through the school year, experiencing between a six and eight hour school day. The second training option for Truck and Coach Technician program completion is block release. Students who opt for this format attend schooling three times for three advancing phases.
Both formats of the Truck and Coach Technician are facilitated from Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus. Because this location houses the province’s largest transportation training centre, students get to train on truck and coach assemblies in fully-equipped labs. Guided by experienced instructors, students master topics such as: applied mechanics, vehicle dynamics as well as component design and repair as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. There are also various levels of auto mechanic courses such as Engine Systems, Brake Systems, Electrical Systems, Fuel Systems, Truck and Coach Logistics, Preventative Maintenance, and more. Each level introduces advanced theories and techniques. In addition, students are taught the business side of the Truck and Coach Technician field with topics such as organizational behaviour, trade practices and fixed operations management.
Once students have a grasp on certain concepts, they enter the field as registered apprentices at industry locations. This allows them the opportunity put it into real-life application what they learned on campus. They then return to Centennial College to complete the “in-school” requirements.
Upon completing Centennial College training, in addition to becoming a Truck and Coach Technician, students can also enter positions such as service writers/ advisors, service managers, college teachers/ industry teachers and truck or coach company representatives.
If you are interested in attending auto mechanic courses to become a Truck and Coach Technician, you are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent. In addition, you must have the English 12 C or U or equivalent or skills assessment. Lastly, you may also be required to present a resume and questionnaire that describes you experience and aptitude. Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Ontario and have an Ontario driver’s license.
Author Details: In this article, Jason writes about the process of completing auto mechanic courses at Centennial College that will lead students to Truck and Coach Technician careers. During their training, students spend time in school and with their employer.