TravelCenters of America (Nasdaq: TA) has registered its established diesel technician apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor. The program gives technicians at any skill level hands-on experience, teaching them to do the maintenance and repairs needed on heavy-duty vehicles.
The program allows participants to work full time at a TA Truck Service* facility while completing their training, instead of paying to attend a vocational school or training program. The TA Truck Service network includes 244 truck service facilities, 1,090 repair bays, nearly 3,000 technicians with certifications in ASE and TIA.
Most of the training is assisted by a mentor technician while on the job. Participants also have access to live support from an around-the-clock technical support team, made up of ASE Master Technicians based at TravelCenters of America headquarters.
Advanced technical training takes place at one of two TravelCenters-operated training facilities, each outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, tools and a full-service bay with a pit. More than 1,500 technicians per year attend classes at these facilities covering topics like electrical systems, HVAC and braking systems. Classes are taught by a team of ASE Master Certified technicians and Daimler certified trainers.
The program was developed in partnership with FASTPORT, the DOL Intermediary for the Transportation and Logistics. Participation in the apprenticeship program can span from 12 to 36 months, depending on the skill level of the technician being enrolled. At the successful completion of the training, the technician receives recognition by the U.S. Department of Labor as a Journeyman Diesel Technician.
“The apprenticeship program provides a tangible starting point for men and women seeking a new career, members of the military looking for a second career or for current technicians wishing to advance their skills,” said Skip McGary, TA Executive Vice President. “The high level of hands-on training associated with the program equips participants with the mechanical and computer skills needed to work on today’s vehicles, all while they work in a full-time position.”
To learn more about the TravelCenters of America diesel technician apprenticeship program, contact Chad Estle, Lead Recruiter at CEstle@ta-petro.com.
*TA Truck Service
The TA Truck Service network includes 244 truck service facilities, 1,090 repair bays, nearly 3,000 technicians with certifications in ASE and TIA, a fleet of more than 2,600 RoadSquad® and third-party provider service trucks and more than 200 TechOn-SITE™ mobile maintenance vehicles. TA Truck Service is a division of TravelCenters of America LLC and is an authorized Freightliner Trucks and Western Star Trucks warranty provider.