Before entering the entry level Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic program at OUC I was employed in the forest industry as a heavy equipment operator and labourer.
The Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic program prepared me for a career by giving me a base on which to build my skills and knowledge. During the course I attended a 2-week work term at Okanagan Ag and Turf Equipment which resulted in an offer of employment as an agriculture technician apprentice. I am presently working at Okanagan Ag and Turf Equipment as a mechanic's helper as well as attending OUC in the "C" Level Welding program. This additional training will assist me in furthering my skills, knowledge, and employability as a heavy duty mechanic.
The skills learned in the Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic program has had a direct bearing on my employability.
I recently completed the Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic program at OUC. The program provided me with both theory, hands-on practical applications in a shop setting, as well as on-the-job training. I have found these assets valuable when looking for a job as the OUC program is well known to employers and they feel more comfortable hiring students.
I am currently working as a heavy duty mechanic.
Prior to attending the entry level Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic program, I worked at odd jobs in the industry. As I realized that I was interested in this field, I enrolled in the entry level program at OUC. The program was a stepping stone for my apprenticeship courses and gave me the basic understanding in the key areas of the trade.
Currently I am in my third year of apprenticeship and working at Central Valley Truck Services in Kelowna.
I worked for 13 years as a radio newscaster and reporter at radio stations from BC to Ontario. Mechanical repair was always a hobby and I decided to retrain as a mechanic. At 33 years of age I attended a presentation by the Dean at OUC and, in 1996, enrolled in the HD/CT entry level program.
The entry level training was invaluable at providing the basics to be able to function once I entered the workforce. Although I had basic mechanical knowledge, that along was not enough to get me through. The following apprenticeship training reinforced what I learned in the entry level program and also served as a reminder on how to do the job correctly instead of relying on shortcuts to speed things up.
I am currently a heavy duty mechanic with the International Union of Operating Engineers working at Emil Anderson Construction in Kelowna. We work on everything from small engines and pickups to highway trucks and heavy construction equipment. The entry level program was most helpful in this regard, as it covered both Heavy Duty and Commercial Transport vehicles. My first job after the OUC course was in a commercial transport shop and I later switched to heavy duty.