Motive Power Technician

Algonquin College
Program overview
42 weeks
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026
Algonquin College

About this program

Motive Power Technician

Gain automotive technical expertise fast, in this condensed program.

The two-year Motive Power Technician Ontario College Diploma program, delivered in a compressed format over 42 weeks, provides you with the skill-set to find an entry-level position in the transportation service industry.

Through a series of classroom-based courses and extensive practical labs, you acquire skills specific to becoming an Automotive Service Technician. Learn to maintain and repair electrical and mechanical systems within a vehicle, including:

  • chassis and drivelines
  • fuel systems
  • electrical systems
  • internal combustion engines

Begin by learning the operational principles of systems used on vehicles, with hands-on projects to reinforce your knowledge. As you progress in the program, you focus on the advancement of technical fundamentals, advanced diagnostics, and troubleshooting procedures. You also study mathematics and related sciences, ethics, communications and marketing.

Algonquin College delivers this program in its state-of-the-art Transportation Technology Centre that is outfitted with modern equipment, allowing you to learn using the full range of advanced technology used in today`s motive industry.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about the automotive industry.
  • Have strong observational and analytical skills.
  • Are team-oriented and like to work with others.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Mathematics and Related Science I
  • Career and College Success Skills
  • Chassis and Drivelines I
  • Fuel and Electrical Systems I
  • Applied Workplace Practices
  • Internal Combustion Engines I
  • Introduction to Fuel Gas and Electrical Welding

Level: 02

  • Communications I
  • Mathematics and Related Science II
  • Chassis and Drivelines II
  • Fuel and Electrical Systems II
  • Internal Combustion Engines II
  • Choose one from equivalencies:
    • General Education Elective

Level: 03

  • Communications II for Technicians
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Chassis and Drivelines III
  • Fuel and Electrical Systems III
  • Internal Combustion Engines III
  • Automotive Technology - Driving Change in Manufacturing

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


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.
  17. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Graduates may find employment as apprentice technicians, technical advisors, parts or service management trainees, warranty claims processors and product salespeople in the automotive field. A wide range of employment opportunities may exist, from small garages to large automotive dealerships.

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1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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