Motive Power Technician – Diesel Equipment and Truck

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 – Diesel Equipment and Truck

Technical expertise for a career in the repair and service industry.

The two-year Motive Power Technician - Diesel Equipment and Truck Ontario College Diploma program, delivered in a compressed format over 42 weeks, prepares you to enter a variety of careers in the heavy equipment repair and service industry.

This program gives you a combination of hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge for the diesel equipment and truck repair and service industry.

Algonquin College`s Transportation Technology Centre provides you with access to modern equipment, enabling you to learn about advanced technology in today`s diesel equipment and truck industries.

Through a series of classroom-based courses and extensive practical labs, you learn skills specific to heavy trucks and diesel equipment, including:

  • shop procedures and safety
  • vehicle maintenance and repair
  • drivelines
  • chassis
  • operational principles of systems common to most diesel equipment and trucks
  • fuel and electrical systems
  • internal combustion engines

The curriculum has been designed to align with existing provincial apprenticeship competencies. Upon graduation, you are well-prepared to challenge the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) exemption exams for Commercial Vehicle and Equipment (Level 1 Powered Lift Truck, Farm, Heavy Equipment and Truck Apprenticeships).

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Perform well both individually and in a team environment.
  • Possess strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Are able to effectively handle physically demanding situations.
  • Have an appreciation for precise and accurate work.
  • Are mechanically inclined.
  • Possess good manual dexterity.

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

  • Communications I
  • Strategies for Learning
  • Mathematics and Related Science I
  • Chassis Systems and Fluid Power I
  • Powertrain Systems I
  • Fuel and Electrical Systems I
  • Trade Practices

Level: 02

  • Communications II for Technicians
  • Mathematics and Related Science II
  • Chassis Systems and Fluid Power II
  • Powertrain Systems II
  • Fuel and Electrical Systems II
  • Choose one from equivalencies:
    • General Education Elective

Level: 03

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Chassis Systems and Fluid Power III
  • Fuel and Electrical Systems III
  • Powertrain Systems III
  • Introduction to Fuel Gas and Electrical Welding
  • Choose one from equivalencies:
    • General Education Elective

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. Diagnose and repair diesel equipment and truck operation, components and their interrelationships, to ensure optimal performance.
  18. Apply knowledge of diesel emissions to the analyses of diesel emission system components.
  19. 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 of this program may find employment as a heavy equipment apprentice, agricultural equipment apprentice, powered lift truck apprentice, truck and coach apprentice, field service person, service advisor/writer or product consultant.

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