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Truck and Coach Technician Co op Takes Two Years to Complete

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									 Truck and Coach Technician Co-op Takes Two
             Years to Complete
Summary: Centennial College’s unique Truck and Coach Technician
Co-op combines in-school training with practical on-the-job experience
that is gained in the co-op work placement, and will provide an
excellent start to an apprenticeship.

A Truck and Coach Technician has a multitude of responsibilities in the
automotive industry, dealing specifically with motor coaches, heavy
trucks and truck trailers. Among these duties are: testing systems and
components using computerized diagnostic and other testing devices
to diagnose and isolate faults; adjusting, repairing or replacing parts
and components of truck and bus systems including fuel, brake,
steering and suspension, engine and drive train, emission control and
exhaust, cooling and climate control, and electrical and electronic
systems using hand tools and other specialized automotive repair
equipment; performing scheduled maintenance service, such as oil
changes, lubrications and tune-ups; and more.

At Centennial College, those interested in this field can obtain an
Ontario College Diploma and meet the qualifications needed to enter
the field through the Truck and Coach Co-op Apprenticeship. Those
interested in this offering must have completed an Ontario Secondary
School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or
equivalent. In addition, they must have the English 12 C or U credit or
equivalent or skills assessment. Lastly, students may also be required
to present a resume and questionnaire that describes their experience
and aptitude. Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Ontario
and have an Ontario driver’s license. Please note that the students in
this program are already working in the field when they attend.

Once they have been accepted to the Truck and Coach Technician
offering, students have two choices in how they meet the
requirements to graduate. The first is called day-release. In this
format, students spend one day of the five-day working week on
campus. They do this for 32 weeks through the school year,
experiencing between a six and eight hour school day during that time.
The second training option for Truck and Coach Technician program
completion is block release. Students who opt for this format attend
apprenticeship schooling three times for three advancing phases.
Whether they choose day release or block release, all Centennial
College Truck and Coach Technician students experience a combined
in-school delivery of theory and practical (lab) lessons. Among the
specific auto mechanic courses are Engine Systems, Brake Systems,
Electrical Systems, Fuel Systems, Truck and Coach Logistics,
Preventative Maintenance, and more, which are presented in
advancing stages.

Additionally, while on campus, Truck and Coach Technician students
learn about applied mechanics, vehicle dynamics as well as component
design and repair as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. Lastly,
students benefit from learning about the business aspects of the Truck
and Coach Technician field through topics such as organizational
behaviour, trade practices and fixed operations management. What
makes Centennial College’s auto mechanic courses special is that they
are conducted from Ashtonbee Campus. This location houses the
province’s largest transportation training centre and students obtain
hands-on practice on truck and coach assemblies in fully equipped
labs. With the knowledge they obtain in their Truck Technician
Training, students can confidently head out to their co-op placement to
apply what they have learned, gain new knowledge, network and learn
to deal with a wide range of customers.

Author Details: Klaudia wrote this article about the Truck and Coach
Technician program, which takes two years to complete and allows
students to go onto to work as service managers, service writes and
more.

								
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