Schools Training

What Can You Learn In a Transport Training School?

19 DEC 2012
Career Path : Automotive

A transport training school focuses on the skills students need for a number of different transport related careers. Naturally, individual schools vary with their exact offerings, but there will be common generalities focused on truck based shipping, the main means of moving freight in North America. Students may have access to warehouse materials handling, specialized driving instruction and dispatcher courses, but this is hardly an exhaustive list.


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A transport training school may also be an auto mechanic school. As well as the need for skilled mechanics to work on small and large trucks, courses related to working with private cars are compatible with the same facilities and tools students will need to learn commercial freight vehicles. While the heavy trucks needed for hauling require sturdier construction and attention to structural integrity, and are more likely to take diesel fuel as opposed to gasoline, engines will obey similar principles, and servicing components like the lights or the windshield takes an identical skill set, while techniques like welding and riveting have universal application.


Truck driving requires more than a regular drivers licence, and students wishing to embark on this career must study for provincial examination, both to be tested for manual skill and understanding of road rules. Most driving schools offer many qualifications for all level of driver from first learner to advanced veteran. Students who want to stay in one location might prefer dispatcher courses, which will prepare them to be the radio operator who monitors a fleet of trucks, taxis or other vehicles. This can lead to a career in a city or keeping up with vehicles all around the country from the comfort of a central office.


Choosing a school

As mentioned, looking for place to study may be as simple as locating an auto mechanic school that suits you and enrolling in one of their transportation oriented programs, but take the time to get to know your options. Depending on your program of study, there may be grants and other free funding options aimed at vocational training, as well as multiple options for learning to suit every schedule and study style.  This will be less of the case if you are training to do engine repair, since few people can do this by distance education, but things like dispatcher courses will involve more options for self-directed learning. Prospective students must also take into account their budget, and if you have the time, auditing a few classes to judge the quality of the instruction may help you make your choice.


Whatever you choose, you may also find that your school can help you with more than just skills training. Alumni networks help students find jobs long after graduation, while brick and mortar institutions usually maintain a guidance office where you can find career counseling and advice achieving your goals. With the skills and help you school can give you, it’s no wonder that many people choose a transport training school.



Visit the Canadian Automotive & Trucking Institute for more information on a transport training school.