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Overview

Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

The Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic Apprenticeship process requires time spent on the job and in-school training. A Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic trainee must complete a four-year program including 5940 workplace hours and 780 in-school hours of training. After completion of training, a passing grade on the interprovincial exam will result in the ITA Certificate of Qualification (Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic), Certificate of Apprenticeship and the Inter-Provincial Red Seal Endorsement.

The Program

Students work on mechanical and electronic components of vehicles. This includes most vehicle systems such as fuel, brake, steering and suspension systems, transmission, emission control and exhaust systems, engines, and electrical, cooling and air conditioning and refrigeration.

Please visit the ITA website for more detailed information.

Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs.

Entrance requirements

Effective May 2014 there will be two streams of Commercial Transport Apprenticeship:

  1. Apprentices that start Level 1 training prior to May 2014 must complete their training on their current matrix with 4 levels of apprenticeship with level 1, 2, 3 at 6 weeks each and Level 4 at 8 weeks
  2. Apprentices that start training after May 2014 will be on the new matrix with the following level durations:

    • Level 1 10 weeks
    • Level 2 8 weeks
    • Level 3 6 weeks
    • Level 4 4 weeks

Students that have successfully completed Commercial Transport Mechanic Foundation program will start apprenticeship training at Level 1 on the new model.
Students that have successfully completed the new Heavy Mechanical Trade Foundation may start apprenticeship training at Level 2 on the new model.

There are 3 ways that an apprentice may be granted credit for completion of Module One for Commercial Transport:

  1. Attend an entry level technical course from the Heavy Mechanical Trade Foundation
  2. Successfully pass the Module One Level Exam through the ITA
  3. Your employer may complete an exemption request form and return it to the ITA

The following requirements are recommended (but not required) and are used as a guideline for success in this apprenticeship program:

*Note: High school graduation is recommended by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Please refer to the ITA website for current apprenticeship prerequisite information.

Potential students with medical or physical disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963 (telephone interview is acceptable for out of town applicants).

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

myCommunication

Within 2 weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter details information on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

CSA approved safety glasses and footwear required. Footwear must be steel-toed, leather, ankle covering boots.

There is an approved book list for the commercial transport mechanic apprenticeship. These books are available at the BCIT Bookstore on the Burnaby campus.

The commercial transport mechanic apprenticeship includes home study that apprentices are required to complete during each level of their technical training. The home study material is available at the BCIT Bookstore and should be bought by the apprentice prior to each level of technical training.

Students will be required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

Class hours

0700-1330, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

The total amount of in-school, technical training for a commercial transport mechanic apprentice is 780 hours. The first three levels of technical training are 6 weeks long and the fourth level of training is 8 weeks in length.

During your time at BCIT, 50% of the time will be spent in a classroom environment and 50% will be spent working on equipment in our shop.

Grading

Minimum passing grade is 70 per cent.

Program location

Annacis Island Campus
1608 Cliveden Avenue
Delta, BC
V3M 6M2

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

The BCIT Apprentice Service can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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