The Canadian Utility Fleet Council is proud to introduce the new "Associate Mechanic Training Program". The associate program is similar to the "regular" fleet mechanic program, although the associate would not be able to conduct any maintenance or repair work. The associate program is designed for non-mechanic individuals (i.e., individuals creating specifications to purchase line trucks, staff working in parts departments, service writers, etc..). The Associate Mechanic may complete the examination once the required classroom training is completed. The Associate Program does not require the required wrench time.
Since the integrity of the program is of utmost importance, only those meeting or exceeding the qualification criteria will be eligible to challenge the examination. There will be absolutely no "Grand Fathering" of any technician.
The Committee fully realizes there are personnel working in the industry who are not "licensed mechanics" and that those individuals, because of their past experience, should be considered. Due to the wide diversity of technicians presently working in the industry, there are a number of ways in which an applicant may qualify to write the examination. Minimum qualifying criteria is as follows:
Hold a valid Provincial Mechanic's License (or equivalent) in automotive, truck and coach or heavy duty equipment, and further, have a minimum, of two years dedicated practical experience on utility type equipment.
In the absence of possessing a valid mechanic license (or equivalent), the applicant must, at minimum, have 5 years experience actively servicing, inspecting and repairing utility type equipment.
Hold a valid Engineering or Technologist degree and have at minimum, two years dedicated practical experience on utility type equipment. Applications will require photocopies of valid mechanic licenses, Engineering Degree or Technologist Degree and a letter from the applicant's employer attesting to the industry experience, including the completion and sign off of tasks indicated with a criticality of three or higher in the "Utility Fleet Mechanic Learning Guide".
Any detected falsifications submitted will result the applicant being ineligible until such time as approval is granted by the "Mechanic Training Committee".
Further information regarding the process can be obtained by contacting the Canadian Utility Fleet Council at firstname.lastname@example.org