Bill and Joan Macdonald founded BJ’s Truck Centre in Charlottetown in 1980. Their son Brian, who has been involved in the business for over 20 years, is now the owner.
Joan Macdonald remains very much involved with BJ’s Truck Centre, and assists with Human Resources, accounts receivable, and the day-to-day running of the business.
BJ’s Truck Centre provides parts and service for all makes of trucks, RVs, and trailers. They also have an extensive parts inventory and a well-maintained and modern service area.
There are 22 staff who work full-time, year-round. Staff titles include Parts Clerks, Red Seal Technicians, Apprentice Technicians, and Office Administrators.
Red Seal Heavy Duty Equipment Technician is the most difficult position to fill.
Education and training needed
“The combination of technical school and on-the-job training under a Red Seal Technician provides Apprentices with the option of earning their Red Seal,” says Joan. “We also take high-school students as Apprentices through Co-op programs, which provide hands-on teaching, and give Apprentices a much better knowledge base.”
The Heavy Duty Equipment/Truck and Transport Repair Technician Certificate program is offered in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.
Hiring is steady year-round
Open positions are posted on the Job Bank, www.workpei.ca and on the company website. To apply, stop by the shop with a resumé and three work references.
For more information about BJ’s Truck Centre, contact Joan Macdonald at 902-566-4205 or visit www.bjtruckcentre.com.
Anyone interested in this trade may contact Brian Oulton with the PEI Trucking Sector Council, who can connect people with employers. Visit www.peitsc.ca.
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