Motive Power Technician | St. Clair College
Program Code: T167
Status: Open
Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Starts: September
Dennis Glover
519-972-2727 ext. 4034

Program Overview

Motive power technicians test and analyze systems and vehicles in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations and specifications. They perform field installations and calibrations of service equipment and assist in the design and assembly of prototype units for research and development. This program will appeal to students with good math and computer skills. A mechanical aptitude is also helpful.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment.
  • In-house Chassis Dynamometer.
  • In-house Engine Dynamometer.

Career Opportunities

A wide range of opportunities exist for motive power technicians in the area of manufacturing production and design, service repair and retail parts. There is also job potential in automotive service, counter sales, research and development and quality control. Motive Power Technicians are excellent candidates for automotive service technician, truck and coach and heavy-duty technician apprenticeship positions.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates can present their college diploma to their employer and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) for 310S Automotive Service Technician (AST) Level One completion consideration.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Physics (C) or (U) is recommended

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Introduction To Automotive Industry Work Practices
Drive Train Standard Transmission 1
Introduction To Engines
Energy Service-Electrical/Electronic Fuel Systems I
Applied Math (Mathematics For Automotive Trades)
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Engine Components & Service
Energy Service-Electrical/Electronic Fuel Systems II
Suspension Steering And Brakes 1
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Electronics I
Fuels I
Suspension Steering And Brakes 2
Choose 1 Elective Course
Industrial Environmental Awareness
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
Electronics II
Fuels II
Engine Design & Construction Project
Choose 1 Elective Course
Drive Train Automatic Transmission

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2019-2020 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Motive Power Technician (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 56405)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze, diagnose, and solve various motive power system problems by using problem-solving and critical thinking skills and strategies and by applying fundamental knowledge of motor vehicle operation, components, and their interrelationships.
  2. Diagnose and repair climate control systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  3. Diagnose and repair engine systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  4. Diagnose and repair electrical, electronic, personal safety, and emission components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  5. Diagnose and repair drive train components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  6. Diagnose and repair suspension, steering, and brake components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  7. Disassemble and assemble components to required specifications by applying workshop skills and knowledge of basic shop practices.
  8. Select and use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and test equipment to assess electronic circuits, vehicle systems, and subsystems.
  9. Apply knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics to the testing and analysis of motive power systems and subsystems.
  10. Communicate information effectively, credibly, and accurately by producing supporting documentation to appropriate standards.
  11. Use information technology and computer skills to support work in a motive power environment.
  12. Prepare, support, maintain and communicate data from log, record, and documentation systems.
  13. Apply business practices, project management skills, and communication skills to improve customer service.
  14. Assist in quality-control and quality-assurance programs and procedures.
  15. Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth, job performance, and work relationships.
  16. Complete all assigned work in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law; established policies and procedures; codes and regulations; and in accordance with ethical principles.

Additional Information

To complete the Learning Outcomes that are structured in Motive Power Curriculum Semester 3, ALL Motive Power Students must have or obtain current ODP certification prior to semester 3.