Drake Bruce, senior at Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) in Truro had an interest in heavy-duty truck mechanics and decided to take advantage of his high school’s work placement program. In June 2017, Drake started his 4-week work placement at Nova’s Truro location where he was able to job shadow licensed Red Seal technicians to get a feel for the industry and work place culture.

I really wanted to get a feel for the industry and after my first work placement I knew it was the trade for me and that Nova was where I wanted to continue to learn. I really enjoyed the work, the environment and the people. That’s when I decided to enlist in the Test Drive program and was able to complete the program at their Truro shop again.—Drake Bruce


After the first work placement ended, Drake joined the Test Drive program, which is a 6-week program offered by the Automotive Sector Council. This program offers participants the opportunity to test drive the trade by working with Red Seal Technicians to decide if this field is right for them or before committing to schooling. It also allows students the chance to learn in the environment while out of school, so they can gain insights on what the day-to-day would look like as a technician.

Through the Test Drive program I was able to learn a lot about the trucking industry and get hands-on experience in the trade. The highlight of the program was getting to assist in the truck repairs.—Drake Bruce


After completing both programs, Truro Service Manager, Rob Eichenberg was impressed by Drake’s abilities and work ethics. Rob decided to offer Drake a part-time job doing some maintenance work in the shop while finishing his last year of school.

He is an excellent student with very good work ethics and that’s the type of people we’re looking to join our team. –Rob Eichenberg


After graduating high school, Drake will be joining the Apprenticeship program at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) for the fall 2018 to continue studies as a Heavy-Duty Mechanic.

Drake is one of 2 students to work with Nova through the Test Drive program. Last summer Ian MacFarlene participated in the program and has since been hire on as a Trailer Technician in Truro.

What would your advice be to others thinking about taking the trade or program?
“The Test Drive Program is a great program for students that are interested in a trade but want to explore the day-to-day aspects of it. The people at Nova were very accommodating and helpful during my placement. After I completed my job placement Nova offered me a job as they were impressed with my work ethics and my abilities. I accepted the job offer from Nova because I had such a great experience working with their teams and not to mention the level of support they offer to the apprenticeship programs.” –Drake Bruce

Get in touch with David Rossiter, Service Operations Manager to learn more about high school work placements and apprenticeship programs. C: 902.890.7414 | E: [email protected]

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