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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7321a Occupation: Truck and transport mechanics
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Truck and transport mechanics inspect, diagnose, repair and service mechanical, structural, electrical and electronic systems and components of commercial transport trucks. They are employed by repair shops, large fleet maintenance companies, transportation and other companies which own and operate trucks. Truck and transport mechanics inspect, diagnose, repair and service mechanical, structural, electrical and electronic systems and components of commercial transport trucks. They are employed by repair shops, large fleet maintenance companies, transportation and other companies which own and operate trucks.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read short comments on a variety of forms, e.g. read comments on work orders to learn about equipment faults and required repairs. (1)
  • Read reminders and short notes, e.g. read short notes from co-workers to learn about the priority of repairs. (1)
  • Read short instructions written on labels and packaging, e.g. read labels to determine whether products, such as oils, are warranty-approved. (1)
  • Read bulletins and memos, e.g. read memos to learn about changes to operating procedures, such as hours of work. (2)
  • Read instruction manuals for the use of electronic equipment, e.g. read manufacturers' instructions for the use of gas analyzers, scan tools and wheel alignment equipment. (3)
  • Read manufacturers' notices, e.g. read manufacturers' notices, such as technical service bulletins, to learn about recalls and new warranty procedures. (3)
  • Read magazine and website articles to keep current and broaden your knowledge of the truck and transport service industry. (3)
  • Read a variety of paper-based and electronic repair manuals, e.g. read manuals to learn how to troubleshoot and repair faults to electrical, mechanical and cooling systems. (3)
  • Read and interpret government regulations, e.g. read regulations that specify vehicle inspection procedures and the roadworthiness requirements of trucks and transports. (4)
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Writing
  • Write comments in the remarks sections of forms, e.g. write comments about defects uncovered during preventative maintenance inspections. (1)
  • Write reminder notes to co-workers, e.g. write notes to warn workers on other shifts about defective equipment. (1)
  • Write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
  • Write reports for insurance claims that precisely describe the results of inspections. (3)
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Document Use
  • Locate part numbers, serial numbers, sizes, colours and other information on labels. (1)
  • Enter data, such as times and dates, into time cards, tally sheets and logbooks. (1)
  • Interpret flowcharts, e.g. interpret multi-step flowcharts to learn how to troubleshoot faulty electrical and mechanical systems. (2)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. complete truck inspection forms by entering information, such as identification numbers, makes, sizes and readings; and by checking boxes to indicate the condition of components, such as tires, belts and hoses. (2)
  • Locate data, such as classifications, material coefficients, part interchangeabilities, identification numbers and quantities, in complex specification tables. (3)
  • Study graphed data generated by diagnostic equipment and on-board computer systems, e.g. locate data, such as duration, speed and revolutions per minute, on tachographs. (3)
  • Interpret complex technical drawings, e.g. study complex assembly drawings to locate the position of parts within transmissions and other complex mechanical systems. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins and recall notices. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access online manuals that provide information about how to troubleshoot and repair equipment faults. (2)
  • Access online articles posted by suppliers, manufacturers and associations to keep current on industry trends and practices. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by suppliers, employers and associations. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access blogs and forums to provide and seek advice about unusual vehicle faults. (2)
  • Use hand-held devices to download data from on-board computers and sensors. (2)
  • Use computerized equipment, such as wheel alignment machines, to complete repairs. (2)
  • Use diagnostic equipment, such as scan tools and gas analyzers, to determine the operational condition of engines and other drivetrain components. (2)
  • Exchange email with co-workers, service managers, colleagues at other repair shops and help desk technicians employed by suppliers and manufacturers. (2)
  • Use databases to retrieve repair information and technical drawings. (2)
  • Use specialized fleet maintenance databases to access job assignments, input information about repairs, retrieve previous repair histories and complete work orders. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Listen to announcements made over public address systems. (1)
  • Talk to co-workers, such as stockroom personnel, about the availability of parts and supplies. (1)
  • Talk to customers, e.g. speak with customer to respond to questions and complaints, gather information about necessary repairs, explain truck maintenance procedures and discuss the results of inspections and repairs. (2)
  • Contact other mechanics to find out what repairs were previously performed on a vehicle and discuss how to carry out difficult repairs. (2)
  • Talk to service managers about a wide variety of topics, e.g. discuss work assignments, repair procedures and the condition of tools and equipment. (2)
  • Exchange technical repair and troubleshooting information with apprentices, co-workers, colleagues and manufacturers, e.g. discuss troubleshooting strategies with manufacturers' technical representatives. (3)
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Money Math
  • Submit receipts for reimbursement from petty cash for the purchase of materials and supplies. (1)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools, e.g. measure the lengths and angles of components using tape measures and protractors. (1)
  • Calculate the effect that repairs and modifications have on engine performance, e.g. use formulae to determine net horsepower gains realized by modifying components, such as fuel systems. (2)
  • Use precise measuring instruments to measure the thickness of parts and the depth of counterbores. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements of energy, dimension, speed, horsepower, temperature and torque to specifications, e.g. compare the measurements of spark plugs to specifications to determine their suitability. (1)
  • Calculate summary measures, e.g. calculate average fuel and oil consumption rates to track the operating condition of trucks. (2)
  • Analyze pressure, power, torque, compression and electrical energy readings to assess truck performance and troubleshoot faults, e.g. analyze a series of electrical readings produced by computerized engine analyzers to establish the cause of charging-system faults. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the cost to complete repairs. (2)
  • Estimate the weight of loads to determine whether the weight of the load plus the weight of the trailer is within legal limits. (2)
  • Estimate the amount of time required to complete repairs. (2)
  • Estimate the useful life remaining for parts, such as tires, brake pads and exhaust systems. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Truck and transport mechanics plan on a short-term basis and react to work orders. There may be several days' notice of major repairs, such as doing a complete in-frame overhaul. There may be some regular cyclical activity, such as overhauling a fleet of fire trucks. There is some uncertainty in scheduling when major, unanticipated problems are found when doing a disassembly. Disruptions occur when an urgent request comes from another customer, such as a driver who cannot start their vehicle. There are also disruptions when customers call with technical questions. Truck and transport mechanics organize their own activities in a logical order. They may be called away from time to time to help another mechanic who requests assistance. Coordination with co-workers is important to the efficiency of the shop. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether to repair or replace components, such as suspensions, tie rods or tires, based on manufacturer specifications, wear, safety considerations and company policy. (2)
  • Decide the most efficient course of action to complete particular jobs. For example, decide to service transmissions before completing other repairs. (3)
  • Decide whether a load is safe to be brought into the shop. This decision is based on knowledge of dangerous goods and hazardous materials. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Find that specialty repairs are unable to be completed due to a lack of appropriate tools. Borrow the required tools from co-workers or from colleagues working at other repair shops. (1)
  • You are unable to repair vehicles because specifications and instructions are unavailable. Consult service managers, co-workers, suppliers and colleagues for advice and research websites to locate useable information. (2)
  • You are having difficulty gaining access to trucks needing repairs. Contact dispatchers to find a mutually agreeable time and schedule repairs for weekends or evenings as required. (2)
  • Find that work is delayed due to equipment breakdowns and incorrect or unavailable parts. Inform service managers about delays and carry out other work until equipment repairs are completed and the needed parts and supplies arrive. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Review displays on computerized scan tools, onboard vehicle sensors and hand-held diagnostic tools to learn about the operating condition of truck components. (2)
  • Locate information about mechanical faults by reviewing work orders, completing test drives and physical inspections, using scan tools and by speaking with customers and co-workers. (3)
  • Locate troubleshooting and repair procedures for unusual faults by calling technical support lines, requesting assistance on Internet blogs and website forums and by reading repair manuals and technical service bulletins. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Judge the condition of parts, e.g. inspect clutch plates for signs of wear and couplings and hoses for signs of cracks. (2)
  • Evaluate the performance of apprentices. Consider apprentices' abilities to diagnose and troubleshoot truck faults and perform repairs. (2)
  • Evaluate the severity of vehicle defects and deficiencies. Consider criteria, such as manufacturer specifications, roadworthiness regulations and the safety of drivers, passengers and other motorists. (3)
  • Evaluate the quality of repairs. Consider the results of test drives and physical inspections and data collected from equipment, such as gas analyzers and scan tools. (3)
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