May 28, 2019 9:30 AM, EDT

TCA Registers Technician Program With Department of Labor

Travel Centers A TCA stop. (Russ MacNeil)

TravelCenters of America has registered its diesel technician apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor. At the successful completion of the training, the technician receives recognition by DOL as a journeyman diesel technician.

The apprenticeship program allows participants to work full time at a TA Truck Service facility while completing their training on truck maintenance and repairs, instead of paying to attend a vocational school or training program, according to the Westlake, Ohio-based company.

The TA Truck Service network includes 244 truck service facilities, 1,090 repair bays and nearly 3,000 technicians.

Classes for apprentices are taught by a team of ASE Master-certified technicians and Daimler-certified trainers.

Participation in the apprenticeship program can span from 12 to 36 months, depending on the skill level of the technician enrolled. The program was developed in partnership with Fastport Inc., the DOL industry intermediary for the transportation and logistics sector.

Publicly traded TCA operates in 43 states and Canada, principally under the TA, Petro Stopping Centers and TA Express travel center brands. — Transport Topics