Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 4 Semesters

Program Codes
T110 (PC) – Timmins Campus

Grease the wheels of your future

Turn your love of motors and machines into a satisfying and lucrative career thanks to Northern’s Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service diploma.

This two-year hands-on program will lay the foundation you need to help keep critical vehicles on the road.

You’ll learn how to analyze and solve a range of problems. You’ll master testing equipment and troubleshooting techniques. And – whether you’re faced with mechanical, electronic or electrical issues – you’ll be able to diagnose and repair systems and components to get things up and running.

The result? You’ll have the hard skills to kick off a career as a technical service advisor, insurance adjuster, service manager, and more. Or you can further refine your skillset by becoming an apprentice mechanic or trainee.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this program may find employment in the motor vehicle industry as a trainee or as an apprentice mechanic. Graduates may also work as a technical service advisor, service manager, parts/salesperson, or an insurance adjuster.

 

Contact Information

Paul Gasparetto, Program Coordinator
705-235-3211 ext. 2181
gasparettop@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12 English (C, U)
  • Grade 11 Math (C, M, U)

Or equivalent

 

Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program must undergo academic testing and may be required to complete Prior Learning Accessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstate equivalency of admission requirements prior to admission into a program.

For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 or admissions@northern.on.ca.

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the general admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELT Academic International English Language Testing System: a minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Computer-based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

3. CO-OP Work Permit is mandatory for this program to participate in unpaid program placements.

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact admissions@northern.on.ca.

Semester 1
EL1143 Electrical & Electronics I

Students learn the fundamentals of DC electrical and electronic systems, using problem solving techniques and circuit board testing. Topics include basic electrical and electronic theory, problem solving using Ohms’s Law and use of Digital Multimeters.

EN1592 Communication Fundamentals

This introductory course on issues in environmental sustainability begins with the basic principles of Earth’s environmental systems, ecosystems, and water and soil.  The course evolves to consider the interactions of these principles within the realms of climate change, energy, forest resource management, food systems, pollution and waste management, and society and the environment. The course explores the human impact on environmental systems and the challenges of developing and implementing sustainable technologies and practices that reduce society’s overall environmental impact.

GN1033 Health and Safety

This course introduces the student to health and safety in their home, in society and within an occupational setting. Students learn about the social and personal benefits of safe work practices and the methods to best prevent accidents or injuries. Students will review the role, right and responsibilities of an individual in today’s health and safety conscious world. Students also learn how to read and interpret the Occupational Act and Regulations.

IN1092 Computer Methods Trades Software

The continual introduction of innovative techniques and more complex equipment is resulting in increasing demands for trades people who are not only skilled in the practical aspects of the trade, but who have a sound theoretical knowledge of all procedures associated with the customer service, repair order systems, service information systems, preventive maintenance and the different types of jobs in the motive power industry. The general aims of this course are to provide this theoretical knowledge, and practical instruction to complement the work experience of Motive Power Service Technician apprentices.

MA1002 Mathematics & Precision Measurement I

Students will learn the basic mathematics and measuring instruments needed in the repair trade for mechanics and will relate the basic math for measuring and problem solving in repair and maintenance.

MP1004 Trade Practices and Applications Motive Power

Topics include shop safety and safe working habits, proper vehicle lifting practices, hand, shop and power tool identification and selection, use of precision tools, learn about fasteners, torque, bearing and seals. The students will put into practice what they have studied in theory class.

MP1015 Drive Train Systems I

The continual introduction of innovative techniques and more complex equipment is resulting in increasing demands for trades people who are not only skilled in the practical aspects of the trade, but who have a sound theoretical knowledge of all procedures associated with the servicing and repairing drive train systems of motor vehicles. The general aims of this course are to provide the theoretical knowledge, and practical instructions to complement the work experience of Auto Service Technician apprentices.

WE1092 Welding I

This course is designed to assist beginning students with the basic principles of welding. The emphasis is placed on practical applications and to assist the student in developing more advanced skills. The course content will be shared between shop and classroom time at the discretion of the professor.

Semester 2
EN1582 Applied Communications I

This course is required in the second semester of the Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service, Heavy Equipment Techniques, Motive Power Technician – Heavy Equipment and Mechanical Technician and Techniques  – Industrial Millwright and Mechanical Technician – Welding Fitter trades programs at Northern College.  The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to develop and enhance basic communication skills as required in the workplace. Students will also be required to use a computer to complete assignments and other course work, work independently and collaboratively, follow instructions and complete assigned tasks on time.

GN1443 Canadian Indigenous Culture and Awareness

This general education course will provide students with an introduction to Canadian Indigenous Nations’ history, sovereignty, land titles, cultural history and current critical issues. Topics addressed include the content of aboriginal rights, economic and social development, community and political processes, and business law and policies, justice & social services. Canadian Indigenous History and Relations is a general education course that has been incorporated into all programs at Northern College.

MA2022 Mathematics & Precision Measurement II

The Mathematics course for the Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Millwright, Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service and the Heavy Equipment Techniques consists of trade related mathematical problems and their solutions.

MP1005 Engines I

The continual introduction of innovative techniques and more complex equipment is resulting in increasing demands for trades people who are not only skilled in the practical aspects of the trade, but who have a sound theoretical knowledge of all procedures associated with the servicing and repairing engine systems of motor vehicles. The general aim of this course are to provide this theoretical knowledge, and practical instruction to complement the work experience of Motive Power Service Technician apprentices.

MP2003 Motive Power Electrical II

In this course, students will be introduced to the tools and strategies required to diagnose motive power electrical circuits and systems. Students will also learn the fundamentals of operation and diagnostic testing procedures for batteries and starter motors.

MP2014 Air Intake, Exhaust and Fuel Systems

Students are introduced to different types and classifications of gasoline and diesel engines, the basic operation of the two- and four-stroke cycle engines, the different types of automotive fuels and their properties, intake and exhaust systems used on motor vehicles, electronic fuel injection systems and emission control systems. Students will also be introduced to Hybrid vehicle systems.

MP2025 Steering, Suspension and Brakes I

Students will explore the different types, the history and basic functions of, be introduced to the basic construction of and will learn the proper maintenance, cleaning and inspection procedures of components included in the following modules: brake systems, steering and suspension systems.

Semester 3
General Education Elective

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

MP2015 Engines II

Students are introduced to the basic construction of internal combustion engines, and will learn the proper maintenance, cleaning, inspection and overhaul procedures of gasoline engines and components. Topics will include the construction and repair of valve trains and camshafts, cylinder heads, engine testing and start-up procedures and engine component failure analysis.

MP3014 Steering, Suspension and Brakes II

This course is designed to provide experience with the diagnosis and repair of steering, suspension and brake systems. Students will learn about component replacement, wheel alignment and hydraulic brake system servicing. Students will also be introduced to electronic systems such as: TPMS, ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Steering and Suspension systems.

MP3033 Motive Power Electrical III

In this course, students will be introduced to the tools and strategies required to diagnose motive power electronic circuits, lighting, driver information and power accessory systems. Students will also learn the fundamentals of operation and diagnostic testing procedures for charging systems.

MP3043 HVAC

This course is designed to provide the student with practical experience in diagnosis and repair of heating and air conditioning systems.

MP3053 Fuels II

This course is designed to provide the student with the principles of computers and scan tools, and practical experience in the diagnosis and repair of fuel and engine management and emission control systems.

Semester 4
BU4073 Entrepreneurship

This course introduces students to the nature of business and entrepreneurship.  Students will obtain an overview of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process then expand into key concepts including business types, customers, marketing, financials and human resources.  The options of franchising and purchasing existing businesses are also covered in this course.  Students will outline and assess the components of a Business Plan.

MP2011 Motive Power-Automotive Placement

The two-day Motive Power Automotive Placement provides a valuable opportunity for students to experience a workplace setting first hand while providing a realistic and practical method of career education. The placement allows students to practice theoretical knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and Lab and to develop practical job required skills. Placement helps orient the student in their chosen field, and results in a well-developed career plan before graduation.

MP3025 Drive Train Systems II

This course is designed to provide the student with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in diagnosis and repair of torque converters and automatic transmissions and transaxles. This course will be presented through lectures, class discussions, assignments, individual instruction, and handout material

MP4003 Motive Power Electrical IV

Students will learn about ignition systems, vehicle communication systems, supplemental restraint systems and anti-theft systems found on today’s motor vehicles. Additionally, the students will have the ability to explain the principles of operation and diagnosis of fuel, electrical drive and regenerative braking systems associated with hybrid vehicles.

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