Truck Trailer Service Technician


Truck Trailer Service Technicians service, repair, and overhaul, diagnose and inspect truck-trailers and their various related systems and components.

  • Inspect, diagnose and repair: electrical systems; landing gear assemblies and trailer frames; hitching/coupling systems; trailer bodies; suspensions systems; tires, wheels, hubs and axles; air and auxiliary systems; braking systems; heating and refrigeration systems as well as ventilation devices and hydraulic systems
  • Use hand tools and various specialized diagnostic equipment to diagnose,  isolate and repair faults
  • Perform scheduled maintenance service
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, customers and service managers
  • Read and interpret owner/operator/manufacturer operating manuals and service specifications
  • Keep up-to-date on technology and upgrade skills as required

Personal Qualities

  • You can lift, stoop, bend, kneel, and work in confined spaces
  • You enjoy fixing engines and other equipment
  • You enjoy finding out why something doesn’t work, and fixing it
  • You like 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
  • You have the physical stamina to be on your feet, standing on concrete flooring, bending down and reaching up frequently

Career Opportunities

Most Truck Trailer Service Technicians work full-time, 40 hours per week with a single employer. Some may work in mobile units. The job involves exposure to pollutants such as noise, liquids, fumes and odours, and there is some risk of injury involved in working around large equipment.

Employers who hire Truck-Trailer Service Technicians include:

  • Trailer Manufacturers
  • Sales and Repair Facilities & Garages

Municipally, Provincially or privately owned Trucking, Bus or Transportation Companies

Educational/Training Requirements

  • Truck Trailer Service Technicians need grade 12 or equivalent, with courses in math, English and related subjects such as in-school technical programs, coop programs or the OYAP program
  • Completion of a 4000 hour of on-the-job training, as well as two 8 week blocks of in-school training, 4480 hours in total.
Students & Parents: Speak with your guidance counsellor today to register for OYAP.