BCIT’s Heavy Duty Truck Technology program prepares students for apprenticeship with the latest technologies. Students are immersed in the future of transportation, while gaining manufacturer-level certifications.
Upon completion of the program, students possess in-depth diagnostic skills in areas such as electric vehicle propulsion, fuel cells, power generation, A/C motor control, and mobile refrigeration.
With four technical training terms in addition to their co-op work term, students spend more time on each topic than apprentices in a traditional heavy duty truck apprenticeship program. They also complete a management course, preparing them for many high-demand positions and advancement opportunities.
What you need to know
Before starting their co-op work term, students have already completed three technical training terms and have learned occupational skills and safety training. They also have the ability to service, repair and diagnose:
- air systems and brakes
- steering and suspension systems
- hydraulic systems
- HVAC systems on mobile vehicles
- engines and support systems
- electrical systems
Students are required to complete two 22-week Co-op terms in an automotive repair facility, alternating between four academic terms, and must complete a minimum of 660 working hours per work term. Students are typically available from October to March, and April to September.
When to recruit
We recommend that you begin recruiting approximately two to three months prior to the start of a work term to have the greatest selection of candidates. As students are typically available beginning in October and April, you may wish to begin recruiting as early as July and January.