Transport Trailer Technician


$23,920 - $64,050



At a glance

Transport truck technicians perform tasks related to sheet metal and frame repair and replacement. These individuals diagnose and service suspension and braking systems, heating and refrigeration units, electrical and hydraulic systems, axles, hubs, tires and wheels, and coupling units.

Work activities include:

  • Using sophisticated diagnostic equipment and techniques
  • Repairing general trailers and tankers
  • Servicing hydraulic systems, power takeoffs (PTOs), and electrical systems
  • Servicing suspension systems, braking systems, propane heaters and heating, and refrigeration units
  • Operating and maintaining a variety of welding equipment
  • Making installations and adjustments to specifications with hand, cutting, and power tools
  • Repairing and replacing axles, hubs, tires, and wheels as well as coupling units and landing gear

Once certified, a transport trailer technician will be able to:

  • Use and maintain tools and equipment safely
  • Interpret information in manufacturers’ service manuals and related service materials
  • Isolate electrical/electronic system faults
  • Know and comply with government and company policies and procedures, guidelines, and standards
  • Use shop orders, tickets, and trade related references correctly
  • Use and calibrate electrical test equipment and diagnose electrical components

Note: Some tasks overlap with responsibilities of other skilled trades such as refrigeration mechanics, welders, truck body repairers, and heavy duty mechanics.

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Fleet repair shops,
  • Trailer dealerships
  • Truck and transport dealerships
  • General and specialized repair shops

Other conditions: N/A

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Transport Trailer Technician may be right for you!

  • Are you in good shape?
  • Are you mechanically inclined?
  • Are you good with your hands?
  • Are you an analytical thinker?
  • Do you have an understanding of computerized machinery?
  • Are you a good communicator?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for Transport Trailer Technicians

Minimum for Apprentices

Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook 2013 - 14


Average for Journey Persons

Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook 2013 - 14

$51,450 - $64,050

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit


Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit

Transport Trailer Technician

Program Length (Minimum Years)

3 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours L3: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 8 weeks Y2: 8 weeks Y3: 8 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

4.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

8, 100 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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