Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Only The Facts Truck and Coach Technician Training

Students who are interested in a Truck and Coach Technician (Co-op Apprenticeship) program often turn to Centennial College’s two year training because it not only results in an Ontario College Diploma but also offers eight months of sensible, on-the-job co-op training at a truck and coach facility, and allows them to complete their entire Ontario apprenticeship in-school curriculum.

Here is a breakdown of this Truck and Coach Technician program by its most essential facts - from the start of the program to completion.

  • Academically, applicants who wish to attend Centennial College auto mechanic courses must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or GED or equivalent as well as English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent or take the Centennial College English Skills.
  • Other admission requirements include: a resume review and questionnaire that describes experience and aptitude; attendance at an interview (by invite only, based on resume and questionnaire) with faculty/potential employer; eligibility to work in Ontario and an Ontario driver’s license.
  • The Truck and Coach Technician offering is designed to be completed in three eight-month segments. The first segment is completed at Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus location.
  • The second segment sees students work as registered apprentices at an industry location where they apply what they have learned, familiarize themselves with communicating with customers, network and gain advanced knowledge of the topics covered in school.
  • During the final eight-month segment, students return to campus to complete “in-school” requirements.
  • Ashtonbee Campus is Ontario’s largest transportation training facility so students have the advantage of applying what they learn in labs that feature a real-life like setting. That includes truck and coach assemblies. They also have access to the latest tools of the trade. 
  • The focus of the auto mechanic courses in this program is on applied mechanics, vehicle dynamics, component design and repair as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. Each level introduces advanced theories and techniques.
  • Students also attend supplementary courses that are exclusive to Centennial and offer them advanced knowledge in the areas of applied electrical/electronics and vehicular tracking/communication systems. This is yet another way in which this college’s auto mechanic courses and Truck and Coach Technician program stand apart from other similar courses.
  • To round out on-campus training, Truck and Coach Technician students take courses that cover topics such as business, English and other general education related to a career in the field of truck and coach maintenance and repair. In addition, students are taught the business side of the Truck and Coach Technician field with topics such as organizational behaviour, trade practices and fixed operations management.
  • Upon completing Centennial College training, aside from becoming a Truck and Coach Technician, students can also enter positions such as service writers/ advisors, service managers, college teachers/ industry teachers and truck or coach company representatives.

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