Motive Power Technician

Cornwall Campus | Program Code: 1030 | Open for International Students
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This program has been suspended for the Fall 2021 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.

Program Details

Code 1030
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Campus Cornwall
Program Length 2 Years
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Highlights

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.

Program Outline


This course will allow students to explore the advanced features of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database packages. They will also learn about the integration of data and graphics between these packages.

This course provides skilled trades technician students with the mathematics skills necessary to work effectively in their chose trade. Basic arithmetic is reviewed prior to exploring such topics as geometry, layout, and takeoffs.

This course provides students with an introduction to shop safety including the use of hand tools, power tools, and hoists, and other lift equipment. Additionally, course content focuses on bearings, seals and sealants, precision measuring tools, oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, and the use of computers for accessing trade-related information.

Course content focuses on engine fundamentals and the operating characteristics of the internal combustion engine and students are introduced to engine disassembly and reassembly and related manufacturing standards. Cylinder block assembly and applications are covered with students performing inspection and testing procedures. Additionally, crankshaft assemblies are discussed in relation to engine performance.

This course introduces the student to electrical, electronic, electromagnetic, and fuel system fundamentals. Course content focuses on diagnostic test equipment, the operation, inspection and testing of batteries, wiring schematics, and component identification, and circuit repair and protection devices. Intake and exhaust, emission control, and hybrid systems are discussed.

Clutch assemblies and basic gear theory are introduced in this course. The fundamentals and operation of manual transmissions and transaxles and their inspection, testing, service and repair are covered.

This first course of three on suspension, steering, and brakes provides students with an introduction to suspension assemblies and their components, manual steering and linkage assemblies, and base brake system components and operation. Additionally, students are provided with the fundamentals of tire and wheel repair and servicing according to manufacturers’ recommendations. Air brake adjustment and air brake chamber safety are also covered.

This course provides the Motive Power Technician student with the mathematics skills necessary to function as an automotive service technician. Fundamental skills are reinforced and used in mathematical problem-solving related to engines, crankshafts and camshafts, thermodynamics, transmissions and gear ratios, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, and motion.

This course provides instruction and practice in college and workplace communication skills with an emphasis on the development of strategies to organize and express ideas in a clear and professional manner. Course work also provides opportunities for the development of students' grammar, research, analytical, reading, and listening skills.

The fundamentals of heating and ventilation systems and the related components, operation, and inspection and testing are covered in this course. Air conditioning principles are also introduced including system types and their operation and service procedures. Repairer rights and responsibilities are covered in detail include provincial statutes and regulations.

This second in a series of three engine systems courses focuses on camshaft and valve train assemblies and their operation, inspection and testing, and related service performance. Engine cylinder heads and their applications and components are discussed and students perform related inspection and measuring procedures. Service and reconditioning procedures are also covered. Course content also focuses on the operation and recommended service procedures for turbochargers and superchargers.

Course content builds on the student’s knowledge of electrical circuit calculations to support the use of diagnostic test equipment. Cranking systems and cranking motor circuits are covered including the disassembly and reassembly of cranking motors and the inspection and testing of circuits. Electronic ignition fundamentals are introduced as are charging systems and control circuits and fuel injection emission control systems.

This course includes inspecting, diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing front wheel drive axle assemblies, rear wheel drivelines, final drive assemblies and torque converters. Automatic transmissions and transaxles and their operation, components, inspection, testing, and repair are also covered.
In this course, students identify and describe the fundamentals of suspension systems and the purpose and operation of manual and power steering systems. Steering and suspension testing according to manufacturers’ recommendations is performed. Alignment fundamentals are covered including related measurements and the operation of vehicle alignment equipment. Additionally, hydraulic brake servicing procedures on disc and drum brake assemblies are discussed and students complete related performance tasks.

This course explores the delivery of quality customer service and the importance of a positive customer experience. Course content focuses on the need for customer service representatives to hone applied communications and technical skills in order to offer exceptional service while promoting the business in which they are employed.

This course develops the student's abilities with mechanical drafting and design principles while introducing Computer Assisted Design (CAD). Exercises in both traditional sketching/drafting and CAD are completed allowing for basic design requirements and methods to be developed.

This course covers the operating principles and function of vehicle onboard computer systems including data retrieval and use of appropriate test equipment. The operation, construction, inspection, and testing of supplemental restraint/airbag systems are introduced. Content also focuses on distributor-less ignition systems, computer-controlled charging systems, and power accessories. Gasoline fuel injection systems, diesel electronic injection systems, and emission systems including their inspection and testing are discussed. Students are also exposed to the principles of operation and diagnosis of fuel, electrical drive, and regenerative braking systems associated with hybrid vehicles.

This course is designed to teach students how to apply critical thinking concepts to ethical problems. Initially, students learn various aspects of critical thinking and evolve form the knowing stage of critical thinking to the evaluation stage of critical thinking. Students also have an opportunity to explore the ethical process and are exposed to the philosophical aspects of ethical reasoning and progress towards problem solving strategies in relation to controversial issues.

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn the distribution and marketing of automobile replacement parts and accessories and to conduct accurate parts research. Course content addresses basic marketing principles and how they affect consumer behavior. Students become familiar with sourcing parts using both traditional methods and current technologies. Maintaining and managing inventories is also discussed.

Prerequisite(s): AUTO1306 + COMP201 + COMM34

This weekly exercise simulates real-world experience and contributes greatly to both the technical and entrepreneurial development of students. In this course, and under the supervision of a faculty member, students run the teaching shop as an automotive repair business one-day per week. Students promote the "business" within the confines of the campus community, book appointments, conduct vehicle diagnostics as appropriate to the circumstances, prepare estimates and seek approvals to proceed from the owner, order parts (paid for by the client), and proceed with repair or service as agreed. By way of this experience, students gain valuable insight into the day-to-day operation of an automotive repair business.

This course provides students with the operating principles that support the inspection, testing, and diagnosing of climate control systems according to manufacturers’ standards. Students are also introduced to body and trim components and their construction, inspection, and repair.
This course focuses on the construction and operating principles of engine cooling systems, accessory drive belts and pulleys, and lubrication systems. Engine component failure and the resulting analysis and diagnosis are covered. Recommended replacement and start-up procedures of an overhauled engine assembly according to manufacturers’ recommendations and generally accepted trade practices are covered.
In this course, students perform visual inspection and diagnosis and repair of automatic / transaxle pumps and hydraulic systems. Preliminary inspection and diagnosis of automatic and transaxle electronic controls is also covered. Additionally, students visually inspect, diagnose and repair 4-wheel drive and all-wheel drive systems according to manufacturers’ recommendations. The fundamentals of alternate drivelines and hybrid drivelines are also covered.
This course content focuses on the construction and operation of power assisted brakes, anti-lock brakes, electronic braking systems, tire pressure monitoring systems, and electronic suspension systems. Pre-alignment inspection and vehicle alignment diagnostics to identify and explain vehicle handling problems are discussed. Students inspect, test and diagnose these systems in accordance with manufacturers’ procedures.


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.



Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.


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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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