About the trade

A Truck and Coach Technician inspects, repairs and maintains commercial trucks, emergency vehicles, buses and road transport vehicles and performs work on structural, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems. Specifically, a Truck and Coach Technician inspects, repairs and maintains:

  • electrical and electronic systems
  • engines including fuel, exhaust, intake and emission controls
  • transmissions, clutches, drive shafts and axles
  • body and trim, frames and hitching/coupling systems
  • steering, suspension and computer control systems
  • tires, wheels and hubs
  • braking systems including air supply and hydraulic, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems

In Ontario this trade is compulsory, which means certification or registration as an apprentice is legally required to practice the trade.

Truck and Coach Technicians make around $68,000 per year, two years after being certified.

Apprenticeship program

The Truck and Coach Technician (310T) apprenticeship program consists of on-the-job and in-school training. The program typically takes three and a half years to complete and consists of:

  • 6,000 hours of on-the-job training/work experience
  • 720 hours of in-school training

A minimum of Grade 12 high school education or its equivalent is required to qualify for the Truck and Coach Technician apprenticeship program. 

On-the-job training

A Truck and Coach Technician apprenticeship involves practical training provided on-the-job by a skilled worker or trainer. The skills or competencies to be developed through this training include:

  • occupational health and safety procedures
  • electrical systems – starting and charging
  • electrical systems – body electrical and components
  • fuel systems
  • engine systems

See all skills and competencies in the Apprenticeship Training Standard (PDF). 

In-school training

A Truck and Coach Technician apprenticeship includes three levels of theoretical training delivered in a classroom, which includes subjects such as:

  • workplace health and safety
  • applied work practices and procedures
  • engine systems
  • electrical, electronic and fuel systems
  • gear trains

See all in-school training subjects in the Curriculum Training Standard:

Red Seal Program

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program is the nationally recognized standard for skilled trades workers in Canada. In Ontario, this trade is part of the Red Seal Program under the title Truck and Transport Mechanic.

If you are a tradesperson who holds a Red Seal-endorsed trade certificate, learn how  you can apply to obtain an Ontario Certificate of Qualification in that trade without further training or examination. 

Trade certification for experienced workers

If you have work experience and/or training in a skilled trade, from another province or territory in Canada, or from another country, you may be eligible for certification through a Trade Equivalency Assessment.  

Canadian Forces (CF) trade qualifications: The Vehicle Technician CF trade is equivalent to the Truck and Coach Technician civilian trade in Ontario. Learn more about how you can be certified through a Trade Equivalency Assessment as a current or former member of the Canadian Forces.

Updated: August 19, 2021
Published: June 24, 2020