Motive Power Technician – Heavy Equipment

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

Program Codes
T121 (PC) – Timmins Campus

Tackle some of the mightiest machines on Earth

When it comes to machinery, if you believe bigger is better, then this program is for you. Northern’s two-year Motive Power Technician – Heavy Equipment diploma will give you the knowledge and skills you need to take on the monster machines that power our economy.

In an apprenticeship environment focused on teamwork, personal safety and problem solving, you’ll be trained to meet the challenges of today’s increasingly complex work environments.

And—while developing a standard of craftsmanship that sets you apart—you’ll learn to diagnose and repair the mechanical, electric and electronic systems that our industries depend on.

After that, you’ll be qualified to work in the forestry, mining and construction industries or at a dealership, insurance company, or service and repair shop.

This program will also prepare you to apply your knowledge in analyzing and solving heavy duty equipment system problems. You will learn how to diagnose and repair mechanical, electronic and electrical heavy duty equipment components and systems using a variety of troubleshooting techniques and testing equipment to support heavy equipment operations. This program provides a basis for you to:

  • Develop desirable work attitudes and a keen sense of responsibility, particularly with regard to personal safety.
  • Acquire sound theoretical training to meet the challenges of today’s increasingly complex work environments.
  • Reinforce fundamental skills of the trade through exposure to practical applications.
  • Develop high standards of craftsmanship, problem solving skills and personal pride in your trade.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may work in dealerships, service and repair shops, or retails stores. They may also work within the forestry, mining and construction industries or for insurance companies.

 

Contact Information

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

Admission Requirements

Domestic Admission Requirements

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

Or mature student status (an applicant who does 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). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

International Admission Requirements

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+

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 History & Relations

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.

HD2003 Fluid Power I

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of hydraulic systems and their components, as well as testing procedures and design differences.

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. 

HD3003 Fluid Power II

This course will develop a more advanced level of hydraulics related to graphic symbols, calculations, fluids, conditioners, control valves and hydraulic pumps.

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.

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.

WE3002 Welding III

This course is designed to develop more advanced skills in Arc Welding by building on past skills of oxygen acetylene, arc welding and by progressing to the horizontal and vertical position. The emphasis is placed on practical applications. The course content will be shared between shop and classroom time at the discretion of the professor.

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.

HD2024 Heavy Equipment Techniques Practical Lab

The Heavy Equipment Techniques Practical Lab allows students supplementary hands on learning in a trades shop environment. Students practice, and master practical skills required to be successful in the motive power industry. Practical elements include mechanical systems competencies such as: engine, fuel, brakes, steering, suspension, electrical, driveline, welding, and fabrication.

HD3025 Fuels II

Students will learn the operating principles, component design, function, diagnosis and repair procedures of electronically managed diesel fuel injection systems and emission systems. Also, students will learn computer principles and demonstrate scan tool diagnosis.

HD4002 Fluid Power III

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of hydraulic systems and their components, as well as testing procedures and design differences.

HD4004 Steering, Suspension and Brakes II

Students will gain fundamental knowledge of Suspension, Steering and Brake systems specific to Heavy Equipment, as well as proper service procedures for these systems.

PT4006 Power Trains II

Students will gain fundamental knowledge of Heavy Equipment Power-train design and function as well as hands-on practice of proper service procedures. Proper use of service manuals and other published service information will be stressed.

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