Truck - Trailer Service Technician (Transport Trailer Technician)
Introduction
Truck and trailers service technicians inspect, diagnose, maintain and repair transport trailers connected to or moved by a power unit. Trailers include flat decks, dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, tankers, converters, boosters, jeeps, pole trailers, steering dollies, dump trailers and any other commercial pull-type units. Transport trailer technicians inspect, service and repair parts and components of systems such as suspension and brake systems, mechanical and electrical components, flooring, hydraulic systems, axles, wheel assemblies and coupling units.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read safety related instructions, e.g. read hazardous material handling instructions in Material Safety Data Sheets and instructions for the use of personal protective equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Repair and Maintenance of Trailers
Reading
Ability to read reminders and short notes from co-workers, e.g. read notes from forepersons to learn about equipment faults. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read manufacturers' notices and technical service bulletins, e.g. read technical service bulletins to learn about recurring faults with particular models and approved repair procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of manuals to learn how to lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair transport trailer components. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read read and interpret electrical codes, standards and regulations, e.g. read codes to learn how to complete electrical installations and repairs. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read trade journals, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate specifications, voltages, safety information and identification numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to view meters and digital readouts, e.g. use electrical readings to determine the operating conditions of electrical equipment. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and repair procedures using moderately complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data, such as specifications, speeds, feed rates, metal classifications, identification numbers, times and material coefficients, in complex tables, e.g. scan specification tables to determine the material requirements for projects. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use complex schematic drawings, e.g. use wiring schematics for details about circuits, capacities, flows and the location of electrical fixtures to install, assemble and repair electrical installations. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use complex technical drawings to locate data and identify the placements of parts, e.g. review scale drawings of complex components to identify fabrication sequences and locate dimensions and angles. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide which electrical installations to complete first. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, electrical codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use hand-held electronic devices like oscilloscopes and multimeters to locate operational data, such as electrical readings. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read instructions and warnings written on labels, signs, packaging and technical drawings, e.g. read comments on technical drawings to learn about design changes. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand short written comments on forms such as work orders and inspection sheets. (Complexity: 1)
Document Use
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers and quantities in simple lists and tables. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to enter and locate data such as job numbers, descriptions and readings in a variety of service, warranty and maintenance reports and parts and purchase orders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as classifications, times, temperatures and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write short comments in log books and journals, e.g. write short comments in journals to record why tasks were not completed. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)