Truck and Transport Mechanic - Red Seal Exam Breakdown

A Red Seal exam is based on the standard, called the National Occupational Analysis for the trade. The standard describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the trade. Each standard is divided into Blocks, which are divided into Tasks, which are divided into sub-tasks.

The Red Seal exam has a certain number of questions assigned to these sections. The number of questions are provided below.

For more information, see the full National Occupational Analysis and Self-Assessment Guide (PDF, 527 KB) for this trade. Also, check out this trade’s Sample Questions.

Total number of questions on Red Seal exam - 150 questions

Block A - Common Occupational Skills - 9 questions
Task 1 Performs safety-related functions.
2 questions
Task 2 Uses and maintains tools and equipment.
4 questions
Task 3 Performs routine trade activities.
3 questions
Block B - Engine And Supporting Systems - 26 questions
Task 4 Services, diagnoses and repairs base engine.
3 questions
Task 5 Services, diagnoses and repairs lubrication system.
3 questions
Task 6 Services, diagnoses and repairs intake and exhaust systems.
3 questions
Task 7 Services, diagnoses and repairs engine management system.
4 questions
Task 8 Services, diagnoses and repairs fuel delivery system.
4 questions
Task 9 Services, diagnoses and repairs emission systems for diesel engines.
4 questions
Task 10 Services, diagnoses and repairs engine retarder systems.
2 questions
Task 11 Services, diagnoses and repairs cooling systems.
3 questions
Block C - Air Systems and Brakes - 21 questions
Task 12 Services, diagnoses and repairs air systems.
10 questions
Task 13 Services, diagnoses and repairs brake systems.
11 questions
Block D - Electrical and Electronic Systems - 25 questions
Task 14 Services, diagnoses and repairs batteries.
3 questions
Task 15 Services, diagnoses and repairs charging systems.
4 questions
Task 16 Services, diagnoses and repairs spark ignition systems.
2 questions
Task 17 Services, diagnoses and repairs starting systems.
4 questions
Task 18 Services, diagnoses and repairs electrical components and accessories.
6 questions
Task 19 Services, diagnoses and repairs vehicle management systems and electronic components.
6 questions
Block E - Drive Train - 18 questions
Task 20 Services, diagnoses and repairs clutches.
3 questions
Task 21 Services, diagnoses and repairs manual transmission and transfer cases.
3 questions
Task 22 Services, diagnoses and repairs automatic transmissions.
3 questions
Task 23 Services, diagnoses and repairs automated transmissions.
4 questions
Task 24 Services, diagnoses and repairs driveline systems.
2 questions
Task 25 Services, diagnoses and repairs differentials.
2 questions
Task 26 Services, diagnoses and repairs drive train retarders.
1 questions
Block F - Steering, Chassis/Frames, Suspension, Wheels, Hubs And Tires - 21 questions
Task 27 Services, diagnoses and repairs steering systems.
5 questions
Task 28 Services, diagnoses and repairs chassis/frames.
2 questions
Task 29 Services, diagnoses and repairs suspension.
5 questions
Task 30 Services, diagnoses and repairs hitches and couplers.
4 questions
Task 31 Services, diagnoses and repairs tires, wheels and hubs.
5 questions
Block G - Cab - 6 questions
Task 32 Services, diagnoses and repairs interior cab components.
3 questions
Task 33 Services, diagnoses and repairs exterior cab components.
3 questions
Block H - Trailers - 7 questions
Task 34 Services, diagnoses and repairs trailer components and accessories.
4 questions
Task 35 Services, diagnoses and repairs heating refrigeration systems.
3 questions
Block I - Climate Control - 9 questions
Task 36 Services, diagnoses and repairs heating ventilation systems.
4 questions
Task 37 Services, diagnoses and repairs air conditioning systems.
5 questions
Block J - Hydraulic Systems - 8 questions
Task 38 Services, diagnoses and repairs hydraulic components
8 questions

For more information about exam preparation materials (textbooks, modules, etc.) contact your provincial/territorial apprenticeship office.

*Number of questions assigned are derived from the input from people in this trade from across Canada.