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Welcome to Our Service Mechanic Apprenticeship Program

Where we are committed to cultivating the next generation of skilled professionals in the field of transit vehicle maintenance. Our program is designed to equip aspiring mechanics with the essential skills needed to excel in the industry. 

As an apprentice in our program, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities by performing tasks such as minor repair inspections and lubrication of public transit vehicles. You will also work alongside experienced transit mechanics, gaining valuable hands-on experience in more complex maintenance work. 

Service Mechanic Apprenticeship program goes beyond technical proficiency. We believe in the power of effective collaboration and communication. You will learn to interact harmoniously with a diverse community of co-workers, contributing to our shared mission of exceeding service objectives. 

Our Service Mechanic Apprenticeship Program is your gateway to a rewarding career in transit vehicle maintenance. Join us and embark on a path to becoming a skilled, versatile, and customer-focused service mechanic.


After completion of the program, Graduates will receive 
  • Receive transferable college credits 

  • Certificate of Achievement from Mission College 

  • Apprenticeship Certificate from The US Department of Labor 

  • Apprenticeship Certificate from The California Division of Apprenticeships 


Managing Stress

As part of the core training process, JWI covers health, wellness and professional development. These activities emphasize mastering the “human element” of driving a bus and applying stress management/health and wellness techniques. New operators classroom debriefing after completing initial driving time. They discuss their experiences and whether or not they were able to “let go” of the stress that some situations may have caused them. The goal is to teach new operators how to manage on the job stress and make good judgments while alone.


The curriculum’s workbook introduces:

1.) Encounter,

2.) Defuse

3.) Recenter

4.) “Let Go” stress management model

Still Have Questions?

If you have questions, or comments regarding our program, please feel free to contact us.



Certificate in Service Mechanic Apprenticeship

The certificate requires successful completion of 33.5 units of course requirements and 2000 hours of related work experience.

Graduates will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion, a Service Mechanic Apprenticeship from the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

In addition, graduates qualify for a Certificate of Completion, Automotive Technician Specialist (Service Mechanic) Apprenticeship from the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship.

Graduates are employed as Service Mechanics, an entry-level maintenance mechanic position in the mass transit field. A Service Mechanic working at a transit agency can train and promote to Transit Mechanic or Overhaul and Repair Mechanic as the next step in the maintenance mechanic career path. The Service Mechanic can also apply for a wide range of other transit occupations, if qualified.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the skills needed to perform minor repair, inspection, and lubrication of public transit vehicles.

  • Students will assist transit mechanics and/or other journey level maintenance mechanics in more difficult mechanical maintenance work.

  • Students will interact effectively with a diverse community of coworkers in order to meet and exceed service delivery objectives.

Students must complete the minimum required courses with a grade of C (or P) or better. Total of 33.5 credits 

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