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Motive Power Technician Diploma / Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship

Available at: Cornwall


Advances in technology have created unprecedented changes in the automotive industry. These changes have created a demand for a highly skilled workforce in the technical, service, and managerial positions required for the automotive industry.

In response to the Automotive industry’s needs, the Motive Power Technician program provides students with a specific range of technical training, as well as a range of generic skills required for employment in this rapidly changing industry.

This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.


Students benefit from:

  • Registration as an Apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
  • Paid co-op work placement.
  • Placement hours logged for apprenticeship.
  • Qualifying for the Certificate of Qualification for Automotive Service Technician upon successful completion of the program and the work requirements for apprenticeships.

Skilled Trades at St. Lawrence College

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Career Opportunities

Analysis of the labour market shows that the Province of Ontario is facing skills shortages in the transportation sector. More than half of the new positions created in this industry will be in managerial, technical and skilled trades.

Current Grant Opportunities

This program is considered a Red Seal trade (see Apprenticeship grants are designed to make a career in the trades an attractive choice and encourage more apprentices to complete their training. Eligible apprentices could receive up to $4,000, which can be used to pay for tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.

As per the Service Canada website, registered apprentices who have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) in one of the Red Seal trades can apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG), which is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year/level up to a maximum of $2,000. And, registered apprentices who have completed their training and become a certified journeyperson in a designated Red Seal trade and who obtain either the Red Seal endorsement or a provincial or territorial Certificate of Qualification can apply for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG), which is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. For more information visit

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Program Name

Motive Power Technician Diploma / Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2015-16 tuition fees are $2,767.18 Compulsory fees are $665.15. All fees are subject to change for 2016-17.

International Fees

2015-16 International tuition fees are, $13,050.00. International Compulsory fees are, $1,363.15. All fees are subject to change for 2016-17.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Semester 1
COMP 86-89 Basic Computer Applications 
MATH 17 Introductory Mathematics for Trades Technicians
MOTO 101 Work Practices I
MOTO 102 Engine Systems
MOTO 103 Electrical, Electronics, & Fuel Systems
MOTO 104 Drive Train Systems I
MOTO 105 Suspension, Steering & Brakes Systems I

Semester 2
AUTO 10 Technical Mathematics
COMM 34 Introductory College Communications
MOTO 201 Air Conditioning Systems
MOTO 202 Engine Systems
MOTO 203 Electrical, Electronics and Emissions Systems II
MOTO 204 Drive Train Systems II
MOTO 205 Suspension, Steering & Brakes Systems II

Semester 3
AUTO 1306 Customer Relations
AUTO 1402 Microcontrollers
AUTO 1403 Blueprint Reading and Computer Aided Design
GENE General Education Course
MOTO 303 Electrical, Electronics and Emissions Systems III

Semester 4
AUTO 1401 Automotive After Market
AUTO 1404 Hydraulics
AUTO 1407 Technology & Business Practices
GENE General Education Course
MOTO 301 Work Practices II
MOTO 302 Engine Systems
MOTO 304 Drive Train Systems III
MOTO 305 Suspension, Steering & Brake Systems III

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


When we're in hiring mode, we contact St. Lawrence College and recruit. There is always a need for the servicing of vehicles no matter what the economy is doing.

Mark Conti

Program Contact

Mark MacDonell

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

This program is designed and delivered by experienced faculty who have extensive expertise in the automotive industry and who have delivered training to that industry. In addition, the faculty has been involved in the development and delivery of the in-school curriculum for the provincially regulated trade of Automotive Service Technician.

Graduates of this two-year program are eligible to receive an Ontario College Diploma in Motive Power Technician. At the same time, graduates will be registered as an Automotive apprentice and receive the equivalent of all the in-school training necessary to meet the requirements of the provincially administered apprenticeship program. Upon completion of this program and with the additional work experience (on-the-job training) detailed in the training standards for the Automotive Trade, apprentices will then be eligible to challenge the exam for the Certificate of Qualification for the Trade.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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