Motive Power Fundamentals

28 weeks Ontario College Certificate

Experience small class sizes and industry relevant professors


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2021: Commerce Court – North Bay

Become skilled in motive power by training with industry-standard tools, diagnostic equipment, and lifts. You will learn to operate, diagnose and service all types of vehicles, from standard automobiles to industrial heavy-duty equipment, and have the opportunity to work on the latest technology by way of vehicle donations. You will perform actual service procedures on a wide variety of components found in the power train of heavy vehicles, install and set up clutches, and tear down and assess the condition of manual transmissions. 

Note: Successful completion is equivalent to Level 1 Automotive Apprenticeship in-class portion

Your Future Career

  • Automotive service technician
  • Truck and coach technician
  • Heavy equipment technician
  • Parts technician
  • New vehicle sales and leasing

What You Learn

  • Gasoline and diesel engine operation
  • Fuel delivery systems
  • Electrical systems and engine controls
  • Steering, suspension and brakes
  • Hydraulic and air brake systems
  • Hybrid systems

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

MPM 011 Electrical & Electronic Systems - Part 1
MPM 015 Engine Systems
MPM 020 Steering, Suspension & Brakes- Part 1
MPM 026 Applied Work/Trade Practices
MPM 029 Gear Train/Power Trains - Part 1
CMM 125 College Communications
PSY 123 Applied Psychology

Semester 2

MPM 010 Fuel Systems - Part 1
MPM 016 Electrical & Electronic Systems - Part 2
MPM 022 Steering, Suspension & Brakes - Part 2
MPM 027 Applied Work/Trade Practices
MPM 215 Engine Support Systems
MPM 033 Gear Train/Power Trains - Part 2

Ancillary fees have been reviewed as a result of COVID-19 and alternative service and program delivery plans. For current ancillary fees details please see

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 

You will also need:

  • CSA Approved Safety Boots - apx. $160.00
  • Coveralls - apx. $5.00-43.00
  • Safety Glasses - apx. $11.00
  • Work Gloves - apx. $15.00
  • Toolbox, Max Size of 13W x 24L x 45H
  • Tool list apx. $300.00
    • SAE Wrench Set, ¼ - 15/16
    • 3/8 Drive Ratchet Set – Imperial and Metric
    • 3/8 Drive, 13/16 Spark Plug Socket
    • Wire Crimper & Stripper
    • Side Cutters
    • Screwdriver Set
    • Adjustable Wrench, 12”
    • Metric Wrench Set, 9mm-19mm
    • ¼” Drive Ratchet Set – Imperial and Metric
    • 3/8 Drive, 5/8 Spark Plug Socket
    • ½” Drive Power / Breaker Bar
    • Needle Nose Pliers (short)
    • Vise Grips
    • Ball Pein Hammer

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

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Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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