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Commercial Transport Technician – Apprenticeship
Commercial Transport Technician

Program Description

Commercial Transport Technicians diagnose, repair and service highway buses and trucks. They work on the mechanical, electrical and electronic components of vehicles, including the fuel, brake, steering and suspension, transmission, emission control and exhaust, and cooling and climate control systems. Some mechanics specialize in one or more of these systems.

Many Commercial Transport Technicians – particularly those in fleet maintenance and emergency repair – will work outside in all types of conditions. Other work is carried out within shops. They are required to use computerized diagnostic equipment to do preventive maintenance and test vehicle performance. They also work on mechanical and electronic components and do scheduled maintenance, such as oil changes and tune-ups.

A Commercial Transport Technician is designated as a Truck and Transport Mechanic under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program.

If a student currently works as a Commercial Transport Technician and has an employer who will provide on-the-job training, s/he is eligible to enroll in Apprenticeship training. An Apprenticeship is a three-party agreement between the Apprentice, the employer, and the Industry Training Authority.

Students receive training according to the provincial Apprenticeship curriculum, as established by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia, pertinent to the Apprenticeship level in which the student is enrolled. Upon successful completion of all four levels and appropriate time in the trade, the student may be eligible to write the applicable Inter-Provincial exam.

Career Prospects

Commercial Transport Technician, Commercial Transport Dealership Service Manager, Commercial Transport Sales, Commercial Transport business or dealership owner; Parts or Sales Manager, Business or Dealer­ship Owner, College Instructor, Mechanical Engineer.


Location: Fort St. John Campus

Length: Levels 1-3, six weeks per level, Level 4, eight weeks

Start: Current Apprenticeship level program schedule 

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Level 1
  • Registered Apprentice with the Industry Training Authority;


  • Proof of successful completion of related Foundation Trades Training program.

Levels 2-4

  • Successful completion of previous level Apprenticeship Technical Training;


  • Successful challenge of previous level Industry Training Authority Placement Exam.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses.
  3. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority.
  4. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide. *NEW: As of 2015 this program began transitioning into the Heavy Mechanical Trades program.

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Associate Dean: Mark Heartt
Apprenticeship Contact: Department


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