Students are registered as apprentices at the beginning of the program to a consortium of local employers. This program will provide students with a combination of training at the post-secondary apprenticeship level and at the apprenticeship level for the Truck and Coach Technician trade. At the post-secondary apprenticeship level, students will receive the theoretical and work related experience which registered apprentices would normally acquire in the workplace, in addition to trade related skills such as mathematics, computer applications and communications.
Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program Delivery Sequence: Guelph - September/2013 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer Location: Guelph Start: September First-Year Capacity: 15 Tuition: Please refer to Program Fee Chart for information *Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. *Recreation/Athletics, Graduation/Alumni, Insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies are additional. *Apprenticeship classroom fees, apprenticeship registration fees and related costs are additional
Identify basic motive power system problems by using critical thinking skills and strategies and by applying fundamental knowledge of truck and coach operation, components, and their interrelationships.
Identify, inspect, and test basic truck and coach engine components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
Identify, inspect, and test basic truck and coach electrical, electronic, and emission components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
Identify, inspect, and test basic truck and coach drive train components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
Identify, inspect, and test basic truck and coach suspension, steering, and brake components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
Disassemble and assemble components to required specifications by applying workshop skills and knowledge of basic shop practices.
Use a variety of test equipment to assess basic electronic circuits, vehicle systems, and subsystems in trucks and coaches.
Apply basic knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics to the testing and inspection of basic motive power systems and subsystems.
Communicate information effectively, credibly, and accurately by producing supporting documentation to appropriate standards.
Use information technology and computer skills to access data concerning repair procedures and manufacturers' updates.
Prepare logs, records, and documentation to appropriate standards.
Apply business practices and communication skills to improve customer service.
Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth, job performance, and work relationships.
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.
Perform soldering operations, welding and cutting using oxy-fuel and welding using GMAW.
Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op and Career Services webpage for more details.
The college cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Co-op Office.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or GED, or equivalent.
Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270).
Grade 11 Mathematics, C, M (U/C) or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Trades (MATH1420).
English and/or mathematics testing may be required.
An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C course used in the calculation of academic strength.
Twenty (20) additional marks are added to each post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength. Please note: Beginning with the application cycle for fall 2014, post-secondary courses used in the calculation of academic strength will receive a bonus of ten (10) marks.
A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
For program information call the Information Centre for details at 519-748-5220 ext. 3656.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Description: This mandatory course prepares students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for post-graduate careers. Students will learn to critically evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate and interpret available opportunities in the workplace. Self-marketing techniques using resumes, cover letters, cold-calls, and interviewing will be learned and students will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace with regards to social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues. Hours: 16 Credits: 1 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This one semester course is designed to introduce students to workplace communication practices in the motive power industry. The communication exercises are designed to emphasize customer service practices in the motive power industry, especially writing, speaking and presentation skills. All students are expected to participate in group work throughout the semester and are expected to give oral presentations. Through the course assignments, students will learn how to deal with customers in a motive power environment. Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to the use of word processing and spreadsheet software program, as well as, operating systems and the Web to produce technical documents. Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course is an applications oriented mathematics course in which the student utilizes arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry and geometry to solve technically oriented problems. This course is designed to develop a proficiency in mathematics necessary for subsequent courses in the Motive Power trades. The course covers both vocational (job oriented) and generic skills (written, analytical and problem-solving). Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Review safe working practices, housekeeping, hazard awareness, the use of personal protective equipment, safety legislation and regulations, WHMIS. Hours: 15 Credits: 1 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will cover a basic understanding of the electrical flow and sources and a basic understanding of schematic interpretation and trade symbol usage. Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The student will be given an overview of Truck and Coach systems, plus the operation and interpretation of precision measuring tools and meters. Basic function and usage of trade related hand and power tools. A basic understanding of hydraulic and pneumatic operations in an applicable trade format will be covered. A major component of this course will deal with part and component identification and location. Hours: 142 Credits: 10 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The students will learn the fundamentals of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) processes as well as oxy-fuel welding and cutting. Topics will include safe operating principles, applications, equipment setup and troubleshooting. Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of recommended trade work practices; construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of tools and equipment, bearings, seals and sealants, fasteners, precision measuring equipment, personal safety and legalities, setup and safety for oxy-acetylene cutting and heating. Hours: 40 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of arc and GMAW welding, information systems and PC's, cabs and control systems, tractor-trailer and articulating coach configurations. Hours: 32 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of fluid power fundamentals, components, graphic symbols and operation. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of fluids, filters, conductors and connectors and setting up a proper maintenance schedule. Hours: 24 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the purpose, construction, repair and principles for cylinder heads and valve trains, diesel engine blocks, and gasoline engine operation, testing, diagnostics and repair. Hours: 40 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of electrical system circuits and components, light and heavy duty lead acid batteries, gasoline fuel systems, intake and exhaust systems and emission control systems; demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the design, layout and interpretation of electrical system wiring diagrams. Hours: 48 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of electrical definitions and fundamentals of applied test equipment; the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of the following: heavy duty batteries, heavy duty cranking systems and control circuits; charging systems and control circuits, heavy duty electrical circuit schematics, auxiliary electrical components, electronic fundamentals, and electronic input circuit components. Hours: 40 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the construction, operating principles; testing and servicing of power train clutch assemblies, gearing fundamentals, countershaft manual transmissions, driveshafts, PTO's and single drive axle assemblies. Hours: 32 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of; clutch and flywheel assemblies, multiple countershaft manual transmissions and auxiliary sections, multiple speed and double reduction drive axle assemblies, power divider tandem drive assemblies, electronically controlled standard transmissions, and transfer cases drop boxes and power take-off assemblies. Hours: 40 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of hydraulic brake and air brake systems. Hours: 32 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of air brake systems, hydraulic and air-over-hydraulic brakes, tire and wheel assemblies, wheel end assemblies, mechanical suspension systems, and air suspension systems. Hours: 48 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in their trade under the direct supervision of the tradespeople in the workplace. This course will increase the students understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment and enhance self-marketing skills. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as laid out in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Hours: 560 Credits: 19 Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020 CoRequisites:
Graduates may choose to enter the workforce and can continue their truck and coach apprenticeship and eventually complete Level III of the in-school training, or they may resume their studies in a Motive Power Technician college program with advanced standing. Other career opportunities in this field include truck and coach service, sales or other motive power related apprenticeship trades.
100% of 2010-2011 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities see the Government of Canada web site: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
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The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website: http://osap.gov.on.ca. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Aid/Awards.
The College appoints Program Advisory Consortia members for apprenticeship programs. The committee acts as a sponsor group to register student apprentices in some of the programs they oversee. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Consortia.
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