Training the next generation of Peterbilt Technicians

Today, Red River College, along with the Peterbilt Motors Company welcomed its first group of students to the newly established Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) at the Notre Dame Campus. This is Peterbilt’s first training institute in Canada.

PTI is a manufacturer-paid training program offered to graduates from RRC’s Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic program and Peterbilt employees who are interested in advancing their skills and training to become a certified Peterbilt technician.

“Red River College’s strengths in delivering this program come from our faculty’s connection to industry and the expertise that they bring along with it,” said Tom Grant, Chair, Transportation and Heavy Apprenticeship Trades, Red River College. “Having this training program delivered here will help Peterbilt develop their next generation of technicians and we’re excited to play an important role in supporting them.”

While the trucking industry plays a big part in ‘driving’ Canada’s economy – with more than 25,000 people employed in the trucking and transportation industry in Manitoba alone – Red River College brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise in delivering industry specific training programs to help manufacturers develop their workforce.

In addition to PTI, RRC also provides a variety of other industry specific training programs for many vehicle manufacturers in Canada, which made RRC an ideal choice when Peterbilt began exploring options to establish their first training institute in Canada to make this program available to their Canadian dealerships and employees.

“Partnering with RRC will allow us to address the industry-wide shortage of qualified and certified Peterbilt service technicians. Our partnership will attract the next generation of Peterbilt technicians who will exceed expectations through exceptional service for our customers and their vehicles,” said Kyle Quinn, General Manager, Peterbilt Motors Company.

This new training program will last 12 weeks with the first intake running from June to September. A Spring 2018 intake is also planned for next March.

Interested students should visit rrc.ca/pti to learn more.