Motive Power Technician – Technical Offering Focuses on Hands-on Skills

Automotive apprentices, service advisors, lead hands, repair technicians, automotive service and parts management or automotive import/export: These are some of the positions for which graduates of Centennial College's Motive Power Technician - Technical program can apply. In fact, one instructor of the program says, "Many of our students end up back at Centennial College, either in body work or mechanical. Some of them go onto dealerships to work at part departments and that sort of thing."

Accredited by the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) National Accreditation Board, this offering, officially known as (Automotive) Motive Power Technician - Technical, takes two years to complete and results in an Ontario College Diploma. The focus of the motor vehicle technician program is on motor vehicle technology. It is ideal for those with strengths in mathematics and physics. In addition, all of the in-school content taught in this program is the same as the Automotive Service Technician (AST) apprenticeship qualification. This ensures motor vehicle technician students are prepared to enter the industry as well as be successful on exemption testing for licensing qualification.

During classroom and shop activities, students gain both theoretical and practical knowledge as well as hands-on skills and experience through demonstration and application of standard industry techniques and processes included/imbedded in the program curriculum. More specifically, the first semester of Motive Power Technician offering features courses that are common to both the administration and technical streams. This ensures that students have a chance to decide which aspect of the industry is best suited for then. Among the topics covered in this first semester are: applied mechanics, engines, transmissions, fuels, alignment, vehicle technology, mathematics and more. Meanwhile, the second semester sees a focus on component design and includes topics such as transportation administration, applied vehicle dynamics, and higher levels of topics offered in the first semester. The last two semesters concern themselves with the highest level of topics such as engines, alignment, transmission and others such as air conditioning, technical drawings, properties of materials and more.

Students train out of labs that include our transmission lab, our engine lab, fuels, electrical, electronics, and our chassis systems. These labs take place in Ashtonbee Campus, which houses the largest training school for transportation technology in Canada and is equipped with cars, car parts and the most up-to-date tools that are found in the industry.

Applicants to this motor vehicle technician program are required to possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older. They must also obtain the compulsory English 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. However, it should be noted that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

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