Truck and Coach Technician (Apprenticeship)

Program description

This 720-hour program consisting of three 240-hour levels, is designed to provide the apprentice with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of the truck and coach technician trade, as well as practical training necessary to complement the on-the-job training experience. Upon completion, this program, confers the graduate an Ontario College Certificate titled Motive Power Techniques - Truck and Coach Apprenticeship.

Program details

Code: 0906
Delivery: Apprenticeship
Length: 720 hours
Start: Varies
Campus: Guelph
Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program contacts


Academic school

Trades & Apprenticeship

Fees & payment

  • Fees are set by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
  • Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional. For details, visit Orientation & support.
  • Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Awards & scholarships

Conestoga College's Student Financial Services administers many awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants. Information and application forms for numerous awards, bursaries and scholarships are administered by Student Financial Services.

Many program-specific awards are administered by individual programs. Students should speak to their faculty or program coordinators about additional awards available in their program specific areas.

Courses

Level 1

Course Details

Trade Practices
TRCK1010

Description:

In this course students will demonstrate a basic working knowledge of recommended trade work practices; construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of tools and equipment, bearings, seals and sealants, fasteners, precision measuring equipment, personal safety and legalities, setup and safety for oxy-acetylene cutting and heating.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Fluid Power Systems
TRCK1020

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of fluid power fundamentals, components, graphic symbols and principles of operation. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of fluids, filters, conductors and connectors and setting up a proper maintenance schedule.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Engine Systems
TRCK1030

Description:

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the construction, engine types and components, operating principles, testing and servicing of diesel combustion engine assemblies, cylinder heads and valve trains, lubrication systems, cooling systems, intake and exhaust systems.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Electrical Systems
TRCK1040

Description:

Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the principles of electrical theory and laws, and use of electrical test equipment. Demonstrate an ability to trace, test and repair electrical circuits and components. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of electromagnetic devices and test and service batteries.

  • Hours: 49
  • Credits: 3
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Fuel Systems
TRCK1050

Description:

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of diesel fuel systems, injection principles, injection sub-systems and hydraulic injection systems.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Drive Train Systems
TRCK1060

Description:

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the construction, operating principles; testing and servicing of power train clutch assemblies, gearing fundamentals, countershaft manual transmissions, driveshafts, PTO's, universal joints and single drive axle assemblies.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Wheel End Assemblies and Brake Systems
TRCK1075

Description:

Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of hydraulic brake and air brake systems, and wheel end assemblies.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Level 2

Course Details

Trade Practices and Auxiliary Systems
TRCK2010

Description:

In this course students will demonstrate a working knowledge of arc and GMAW and GTAW welding, information systems and shop communication, cabs and control systems, tractor-trailer and articulating coach configurations.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Engine Systems
TRCK2025

Description:

In this course students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the purpose, construction, repair and principles for cylinder heads and valve trains, diesel engine blocks, and gasoline and alternate fuel engine operation, testing, diagnostics and repair.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Electrical Systems
TRCK2035

Description:

In this course students will demonstrate a working knowledge of electrical definitions and fundamentals of applied test equipment; the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of the following: heavy duty batteries, heavy duty cranking systems, heavy duty electrical circuit schematics, auxiliary electrical components and electronic fundamentals.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Fuel Systems
TRCK2045

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of diesel fuel injection helix metering, electronic unit Injector (EUI) systems, engine governors, gasoline and alternate fuel injection systems.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Drive Trains
TRCK2050

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of pull-type clutches and flywheels, mutiple coutershaft transmissions, multi-speed and double reduction drive axles, and power divided tandem axles. Students will also demonstrate a knowledge of electronic automated standard transmissions.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Steering, Suspension and Brake Systems
TRCK2060

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of air brake systems, hydraulic and air-over-hydraulic brakes, tire and wheel assemblies, wheel end assemblies, mechanical suspension systems, and air suspension systems.

  • Hours: 49
  • Credits: 3
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Vehicle Electronic Management and Emission Systems
TRCK2070

Description:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of electronic service tools, vehicle computer fundamentals and electronic input circuit components.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Level 3

Course Details

Trade Practices and Auxiliary Systems
TRCK3010

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of truck and coach HVAC systems and regulatory requirements.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Engine Systems
TRCK3020

Description:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of heavy duty intake systems, exhaust systems, turbochargers, Roots blowers, advanced cooling systems and coolant, lubrication systems, diesel engine brakes and retarders, diesel engine component failure analysis and diagnostics, deisel engine run-in and testing.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Electricity and Electronics
TRCK3035

Description:

In this course students will demonstrate a working knowledge of heavy duty charging systems, ignition systems, electrical component reconditioning and troubleshooting.

  • Hours: 35
  • Credits: 2
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Fuel Systems
TRCK3045

Description:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of hydraulically actuated, electronic unit injector systems, (HEUI), electronic unit pumps, time pressure (TP), electronic common rail fuel systems and common rail accumulator fuel systems

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Drive Trains
TRCK3050

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of torque converter assemblies, automatic transmissions and vehicle retarders, electronically controlled automatic transmissions and transfer case, dropbox and power take-off assemblies.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Steering, Suspension and Brake Systems
TRCK3060

Description:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of pneumatic circuit interpretation, brake system troubleshooting, ABS and ATC and RDS systems, medium and heavy duty steering axles, medium and heavy duty alignment, mechanical steering gear, hydraulic power assist steering gear, frames and bodies and coupling devices.

  • Hours: 49
  • Credits: 3
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Vehicle Electronic Management and Emission Systems
TRCK3070

Description:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of customer and proprietary data programming, mutiplexing, emission controls and testing, hybrid drive systems and collision avoidance systems.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Program outcomes

  1. Identify and troubleshoot truck and coach system faults in compliance with manufacturers’diagnostic and service procedures.
  2. Service and repair truck and coach engine components and subsystems in compliance withmanufacturers’ repair and service procedures.
  3. Diagnose and repair truck and coach electrical and electronic components and subsystems incompliance with manufacturers’ service procedures.
  4. Service and repair power train components and subsystems in compliance with manufacturersdiagnostic and service procedures.
  5. Service truck and coach wheel end systems in compliance with manufacturers’ diagnostic andrepair procedures.
  6. Apply workshop skills and practices that support operational efficiency and shop standards
  7. Diagnose and repair truck and coach fuel systems and subsystems in accordance withmanufacturers’ service procedures8. Identify and inspect fluid power systems using basic testing procedures and equipment to makerecommendations for maintenance and repair
  8. Access data concerning repair procedures and manufacturers’ updates using availabletechnologies and established standards
  9. Complete required documentation such as work orders and inspection reports, in accordance withindustry standards and legislated requirements.
  10. Support client retention and business partnerships by applying customer service andcommunication best practices relevant to the situation
  11. Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth,job performance, and work relationships
  12. Complete all assigned work in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmentallaw, established policies and procedures, codes and regulations.
  13. Use hoisting and rigging techniques to safely support, move and extract truck and coachcomponents and machinery in accordance with industry standards.
  14. Perform soldering operations, welding and cutting, according to industry standards andmanufacturer’s recommendations.

Program handbook

Program handbook

Graduate opportunities

Truck and coach technicians perform preventative maintenance, diagnose faults, and repair the systems of trucks and buses and could work at dealerships, fleets, municipalities or independent shops.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home


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