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Motive Power Technician

Available at: Cornwall


Note: This program has been suspended for the Fall 2020 intake.

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

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International Fees

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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 2020-21

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

Semester 2
AUTO 1210 Technical Mathematics
COMM 62 Skilled Trades Applied Communications
MOTO 201 Air Conditioning Systems
MOTO 202 Engine Systems 2
MOTO 203 Electrical, Electronics, and Emissions Systems 2
MOTO 204 Drive Train Systems 2
MOTO 205 Suspension, Steering, and Brake Systems 2

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

Semester 4
AUTO 1401 Automotive After Market
AUTO 1407 Technology and Business Practices
GENE General Education Course
MOTO 301 Work Practices 2
MOTO 302 Engine Systems 3
MOTO 304 Drive Train Systems 3
MOTO 305 Suspension, Steering, and Brake Systems 3
AUTO 1402 Microcontrollers

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

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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.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


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The culinary course was very informative, and most of all very fun. I was always excited to go to each and every class, and never wanted to miss a moment. I have even suggested to fellow cooks in the industry to take this program.

Sarim Sok

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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