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Truck and Coach Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Truck and Coach Technician or Apprentice

Mechanics is a well-known trade, but many people don’t realize you can have a mechanical career in truck and coach maintenance and repair. The combination of theory and workshop courses in truck and coach programs at Ontario colleges leads to hands-on careers in the transportation industry.

If you have a strong aptitude for mechanics, love working with your hands and want a career working on large vehicles such as trucks and coaches, here’s what you need to know. More

Truck and Coach Courses

Truck and coach programs are offered as one-year certificate and two-year diploma programs, where students learn to inspect, diagnose and repair trucks and coaches. Depending on the program, courses can be used as part (or all) of the in-school component of truck and coach apprenticeships. Co-ops and work placements may also be counted towards the required apprentice hours.

Ontario college truck and coach technician programs offer courses in engine technology, combustion and fuel systems, operating principles and more, giving students a thorough understanding of the machines they will be servicing. Repair and maintenance techniques along with practical skills such as welding and drafting, are taught and practiced through shop work and field placements.

Motive power programs with a coach and truck specialization are also available. In these programs, students will take similar base courses as other truck and coach programs, but will gain more in-depth electrical and electronics skills, as well as knowledge of heavy equipment maintenance.

Note: In order to work as a truck and coach technician, you have to be certified or registered as an apprentice through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

General Truck and Coach Program Requirements

Truck and coach programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. A grade 11 or 12 math credit may also be required.

Additional non-academic requirements will vary by program, but may include an interview, resume submission and demonstrated mechanical skills or experience. Check program application details carefully.

Truck and Coach Jobs and Salaries

Working in truck and coach maintenance, graduates of truck and coach programs at Ontario colleges will find positions with a fleet, dealership, truck and coach manufacturer, transit bus operator or manufacturer, and more. Aside from mechanic and technician roles, there are also opportunities for other work in the industry, including (but not limited to):

  • Service Advisor
  • Service Manager
  • High School or College Teacher
  • Part Sales or Sales Representative

The average starting salary in the field is between $30,000 and $35,000 per year. Salaries typically increase with experience and once apprenticeship certification is completed.

Ontario Colleges Offering Truck and Coach Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of truck and coach programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details (Truck And Coach) Motive Power Technician CENTENNIAL ASHTONBEE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

(Truck And Coach) Motive Power Technician


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 8214
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Motive Power Fundamentals - Truck and Coach - International Technical Education CONESTOGA GUELPH OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Motive Power Fundamentals - Truck and Coach - International Technical Education


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 07131
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

The International Technical Education Program (Itep) Is A Partnership With Navistar (International) And Is Designed To Prepare Students For Success In Working As A Truck And Coach Technician Apprentice. Participants In The Itep Program Must Be Registered Apprentices Through An International Truck Dealer Or Affiliate. There Is A One-Year Work Break Between The End Of The Fall And The Beginning Of The Winter Semesters.

Show details Motive Power Technician (DIESEL) FANSHAWE LONDON WAITLISTED Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Motive Power Technician (DIESEL)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: MTD7
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Motive Power Technician (Automotive) And Motive Power Technician (Diesel) Share Common Curriculum In First Year In Preparation For The Second Year Option. For Further Information Go To The Fanshawe Website (Www.Fanshawec.Ca).

Show details Motive Power Technician (Diesel) FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Motive Power Technician (Diesel)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: MTD7
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Motive Power Technician (Automotive) And Motive Power Technician (Diesel) Share Common Curriculum In First Year In Preparation For The Second Year Option. For Further Information Go To The Fanshawe Website (Www.Fanshawec.Ca).

Show details Motive Power Technician (Diesel) FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Motive Power Technician (Diesel)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: MTD7
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Motive Power Technician (Automotive) And Motive Power Technician (Diesel) Share Common Curriculum In First Year In Preparation For The Second Year Option. For Further Information Go To The Fanshawe Website (Www.Fanshawec.Ca).

Show details Motive Power Technician (Diesel) - Apprentice FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Motive Power Technician (Diesel) - Apprentice


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: MTD8
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: APPRENTICESHIP
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Motive Power Technician (Automotive) - Apprentice And Motive Power Technician (Diesel) - Apprentice Share Common Curriculum In First Year In Preparation For The Second Year Option. For Further Information Go To The Fanshawe Website (Www.Fanshawec.Ca).

Show details Motive Power Technician - Truck and Coach CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Motive Power Technician - Truck and Coach


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: TCTN
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Motive Power Technician - Truck and Coach CONESTOGA GUELPH OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Motive Power Technician - Truck and Coach


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0731
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Motive Power Techniques - Truck and Coach Repair CONESTOGA GUELPH OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Motive Power Techniques - Truck and Coach Repair


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1384
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Truck And Coach Technician A.T.S. CENTENNIAL ASHTONBEE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Aug Visit

Truck And Coach Technician A.T.S.


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 8688
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: APPRENTICESHIP
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Truck And Coach Technician €“ Mack/Volvo CENTENNIAL ASHTONBEE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Aug Visit

Truck And Coach Technician €“ Mack/Volvo


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 8681
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: APPRENTICESHIP
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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