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Motive Power Technician

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 this sector.

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.


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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.

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Program Name

Motive Power Technician

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $2,935.68 Compulsory fees are $753.35. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fees are, $13,800.00. International Compulsory fees are, $1,510.35. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.
May 2017 intake for International students

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 2018-19

Semester 1
COMP 201 Basic Computer Applications
MATH 17 Introductory Mathematics for Trades Technicians
MOTO 101 Work Practices I
MOTO 102 Engine Systems I
MOTO 103 Electrical, Electronics, & Fuel Systems I
MOTO 104 Drive Train Systems I
MOTO 105 Suspension, Steering & Brakes Systems I

Semester 2
MOTO 201 Air Conditioning Systems
MOTO 202 Engine Systems II
MOTO 203 Electrical, Electronics and Emissions Systems II
MOTO 204 Drive Train Systems II
MOTO 205 Suspension, Steering & Brakes Systems II
COMM 62 Skilled Trades Applied Communications

Semester 3
AUTO 1306 Customer Relations and Communications
AUTO 1403 Blueprint ReadingĀ and Computer Aided Design
GENE General Education Course
MOTO 303 Electrical, Electronic and Emissions Systems III
AUTO 1404 Hydraulics
GENE 24 Ethics and Critical Thinking

Semester 4
AUTO 1401 Automotive After Market
AUTO 1407 Technology & Business Practices
GENE General Education Course
MOTO 301 Work Practices II
MOTO 302 Engine Systems III
MOTO 304 Drive Train Systems III
MOTO 305 Suspension, Steering & Brake Systems III
AUTO 1402 Microcontrollers

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:


I would first like to thank you for the amazing experience I gained with the placement opportunity at Princess Animal Hospital! It was wonderful & I wish it wouldn't have ended, but now the job search begins! I also want to sincerely thank you for all of your guidance, support & encouragement throughout the school year. I am incredibly motivated by your enthusiasm and I know that your dedication helped to bring out the passion I have in this field. Yourself, along with all of the other teachers, helped me more than words could ever express & I am forever grateful to all of you in the VA program.

Savannah Leblanc

Savannah Leblanc

Program Contact

Mark MacDonell

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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.

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