In order to repair forklifts and other industrial machinery, a mechanic is required to complete a specialized course. Forklift trucks have complex motor, electrical, hydraulic systems, making them more challenging than normal vehicles. Many companies choose to use a self-taught mechanic or one not trained specifically in forklift systems. These companies may be leaving themselves open to negligence torts if there is an accident that could have been prevented by a properly trained mechanic. There are a number of forklift repair schools throughout the country.

University of Montana, Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics Associate’s Degree

Degree programs specializing in forklift repair do not exist, according to Education Portal, and they recommend a Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics associate’s degree, which contains modules in repairing commercial machines including forklifts. The University of Montana offers this degree program where students will learn how to repair not only forklifts but also machines such as buses, locomotives, and tractors. In order to enrol in the degree program, a high school diploma is required, although it may be possible to sit an exam instead.

The University of Montana 32 Campus Drive Missoula, MT 59812 406- 243-0211 umt.edu/future.aspx

Okanagan College, Apprenticeship Certificate

The Okanagan College in British Columbia, Canada offers an apprenticeship certificate in forklift repair and maintenance. The program is delivered over 35 weeks and gives students the necessary practical and theological knowledge required to work in the forklift repair industry. As well as attending classes and workshops, students participate in a 9-week, paid, work placement in the forklift industry. The prerequisites for the course include graduation from high school, or passing basic mathematics and reading tests for mature students. Mature students are defined as being students who are over 19 years old, and have been out of full-time education for at least one year.

Okanagan College 1000 KLO Road Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 4X8 001-877-755-2266 okanagan.bc.ca

Bates Technical College, Associate’s Degree

Located in Tacoma, Washington, Bates Technical College offers two-year technical associate’s degrees in the Diesel & Heavy Equipment Mechanic field. This associate’s degree prepares students for working on a variety of heavy machinery including forklifts. Students learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, and hands-on training. The college offers customized programs for students seeking more flexibility in their learning, and actively works to establish training partnerships with local industries, allowing for placements for students.

Bates Technical College 1101 South Yakima Avenue Tacoma, WA 98405 253-680-7000 bates.ctc.edu