Apprentice Vehicle Tradesperson: Truck & Transport Mechanic

Full time BC Hydro in Government
  • Surrey, British Columbia, Surrey Trades Training Centre View on Map
  • Post Date : November 21, 2022
  • Apply Before : December 9, 2022
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Job Detail

  • Career Level Apprentice
  • Experience Entry Level
  • Posting ID BCH-R-4210-221027E1
  • No. of Openings 2
  • Department Field
  • Rate $29.69
  • Union/Non Union Position
  • Training Provided Yes

Job Description

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Providing clean electricity to 4 million customers takes a diverse workforce and that’s where you come in. We need your talent to help us build major projects to meet growing demand. To help our customers find clean energy solutions for their homes and businesses and to be ready to respond during storms and outages to keep our system reliable.

Working for BC Hydro is meaningful. And now, the stakes have been raised as we work towards a solution to climate change while safely providing clean, affordable electricity to our customers.

We offer a healthy work life balance, training opportunities and career progression. We’re proud to be ranked as one of B.C.’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.

Join us as we build an even cleaner B.C.



As per IBEW Collective Agreement.

Truck and Transport mechanics (vehicle tradespersons) at BC Hydro maintain, inspect, diagnose, repair, modify and outfit BC Hydro vehicles. The BC Hydro fleet consists of 3,000 vehicles including passenger vehicles (e.g. cars, SUVs, passenger vans), light vehicles (e.g. pick-up trucks, commercial vans, flat deck trucks), heavy vehicles e.g. man lifts, digger derricks, crane trucks), mobile machines (e.g. fork lifts, self-propelled man lifts) and trailers (e.g. pole trailers, reel trailers, utility trailers). Fleet Services delivers the service via a main maintenance garage, satellite workshops and mobile work shops.

As an apprentice in this trade, you would:

  • Perform regular maintenance inspections conforming to regulatory requirements and Fleet
    Services practices mainly on heavy equipment (heavy trucks, pickup trucks, vans, trucks with
    service bodies, forklifts, self-propelled man lifts, pole trailers, reel trailers, utility trailers, tilt trailers, and highway tractor trailers)
  • Repair deficiencies discovered during maintenance inspections mainly on heavy equipment
  • Diagnose and repair failures causing machine breakdowns mainly on heavy equipment
  • Overhaul heavy equipment


This trade will interest those who enjoy performing hands-on physical work. While upper body strength is required, both men and women can develop this through a weight training program. The successful candidate will have:

  • Graduated from high school with the following courses: English 12, Math 11 and Science 11
    (Physics 11 or Technology 11 is a preference).
  • Successfully completed an approved Truck and Transport Mechanic (Commercial Transport
    Vehicle Mechanic), Heavy Mechanical entry level trades training or foundation program or have
    ITA credit for Truck and Transport Mechanic/Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Level 1
  • 2 years of experience in the trade with work performed on heavy vehicles is preferred
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and familiarity with industrial tools/equipment
  • Normal color vision
  • A minimum of a valid BC Class 5 driver’s license or equivalent; a Class 3 with air endorsement
    or higher (or willingness to obtain) is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills to deal with both internal and external customers
  • You enjoy doing hands-on, physical work outdoors and have the fitness and upper body strength
    to do this

This position is affiliated with the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW local 258)


The Truck & Transport Vehicle Tradesperson apprenticeship involves 48 months of on-the-job, working with mobile field mechanics and classroom training. Graduation from the program will include successful completion of the Truck & Transport mechanic red seal examination.


Graduated apprentices can apply on any vacancies for Truck and Transport Vehicle Tradespersons within BC Hydro, including mobile opportunities


During your apprenticeship, you will be assigned to either the Fort St. John headquarters garage or Prince George headquarters garage. You will be required to do 4 to 5 rotations in alternate headquarters across the province for up to 3 months each during your apprenticeship.


Besides having a challenging and satisfying career, you’re paid while you learn and have an
excellent benefit package. Apprentices earn 75% of the full trade rate with further increases during
the apprenticeship. The apprentice pay rate is $29.69; upon graduation as a journeyperson, the
rate is $39.59. Additionally, we are committed to keeping our employees healthy and safe by
providing a generous benefit package that includes vacation, overtime pay, designated day offs
with pay, disability income, health and vision care, and dental benefits.

  • A condition of employment for this job once becoming a journeyperson is that you maintain your
    Driver’s License: Class 3 with air endorsement
  • BC Hydro conducts pre-placement medical checks of applicants entering certain positions to
    help safeguard BC Hydro’s workplace. As part of the selection process, you may be required to
    demonstrate successful completion of a pre-placement medical check.
  • Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification
    alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment.
    We’re always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It’s an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Our values guide our work. Want to join us?

We are safe.
We are here for our customers.
We are one team.
We include everyone.
We act with integrity and respect.
We are forward thinking.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

We include everyone. We welcome applications from anyone, including members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

We are also happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and while working at BC Hydro. If you require support applying online because you are a person with a disability, please contact us at

BC Hydro has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires employees to have a full series of COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of vaccination on request. This Policy is currently suspended but may resume at BC Hydro’s discretion. While the Policy is suspended, all new employees are required to disclose their vaccination status to BC Hydro.

Flexible work model role definitions
Our four role types identify the degree of flexibility an employee could have to work from home based on the type of work they do. The flexibility for an individual job is up to the manager for each position and the operational requirements. Employees also have the right to work full-time from the office if they prefer. All of our roles require at least some in-person time.

IBEW/Field – No option to work from home
Resident – Works primarily (4+ days per week) in the office.
Hybrid – May be able to work from home up to 3 days per week.
Remote – Works from home 4+ days per week


Please ensure you submit a complete and comprehensive application package, making sure you

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Proof of pre-requisite completion: copies of school transcripts from your educational institution
    (s) confirming high school requirements and successful completion of an approved Truck and
    Transport Mechanic (Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic), Heavy Mechanical or, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Level 1, entry level trades training or foundation program
  • A copy of your ICBC Driver´s Abstract and Claims History [2 documents] – which can be obtained from a ICBC Driver’s Abstract:

If you do not include this information, this could result in delays in assessing your application.

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