School of Trades and Technology

Motive Power Technician

40 weeks Ontario College Diploma

Become skilled in motive power in our 16,000 sq. ft. lab that includes 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 Levels 1 and 2 Apprenticeship in-class portion

Includes a two-week work placement

Your Future Career

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

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
  • Welding procedures
  • Climate control systems
  • Hybrid systems

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

Semester 3

MPM 013 Fuel Systems - Part 2
MPM 017 Electrical, Electronic and Emission Systems 3
MPM 330 Fluid Power Systems
MPM 035 Gear Train/Power Trains - Part 3
MPM 040 Climate Control Systems - ODP
MPM 050 Work Placement (2 wks)
PFN 100 Personal Finance
Ontario College Diploma

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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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139