Truck and Coach Technician


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

  • Detect and diagnose 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
  • Adjust, overhaul, repair and reassemble engines, transmissions, clutches, rear ends, differentials, brakes, drive shafts, axles and other assemblies
  • Use various diagnostic equipment to diagnose and isolate faults
  • Remain up to date on advances in technology
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, customers and service managers
  • Read and interpret owner/operator/manufacturer operating manuals and service specifications

Personal Qualities

  • You can lift, stoop, bend, kneel, and work in confined spaces
  • You enjoy fixing engines and other equipment
  • You enjoy discovering why a problem exists and fixing it
  • You enjoy working with your hands, using a variety of tools
  • You can communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and customers
  • You enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology

Career Opportunities

Most Truck & Coach Technicians work full-time, with some risk of injury involved in working around heavy equipment. Exposure to exhaust fumes and other chemicals such as oil/lubricants is common.

Employers that hire Truck & Coach Technicians include:

  • Provincially, municipally, or privately owned Truck and Coach companies
  • Transportation companies
  • Construction or other material handling businesses

Educational/Training Requirements

  • Truck & Coach Technician is a restricted trade in Ontario, requiring Grade 12, with credits in Math and English and preferably some related subjects such as in-school technical programs, co-op programs or pre-apprenticeship courses.
  • Completion of an apprenticeship of 6720 hours which includes 6000 hours of on-the-job training as well as three 8 week blocks of in-school training (720 hours)┬áprior to successfully passing a written examination for a Certificate of Qualification.
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