This program will prepare individuals to pursue a career related to automotive service, maintenance, and/or repair. The Motive Power Technician - Automotive Service (AS) program is designed to provide the student with a strong foundation in general and specific trade related academics, safety training, technical skills, and the business skills needed to succeed in automotive service related careers. During the first year of the program students will receive much of the theoretical and work related experience which registered apprentices normally acquire in the workplace. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify, inspect, and test basic automotive components and systems; to identify basic automotive power system problems; and to use a variety of test equipment. In addition, students will develop safe working practices in the use of machinery, tools, and equipment and will be able to apply basic communication, documentation, information technology, and computer skills to support working in an automotive service related environment.
During the second year students will focus on advanced technical courses including electrical, power train, and engine failure analysis; hybrid technologies and alternative fuels; motive power business; shop management and parts management. Those who possess a Red Seal or an Ontario College Motive Power certificate, as well as Motive Power journeypersons, may be eligible to enter directly into the second year of the program.
Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program Delivery Sequence: Guelph - September/2013 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter Location: Guelph Start: September First-Year Capacity: 30 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.
Analyse, diagnose and solve various automotive power system problems by using problem solving and critical thinking skills and strategies, and by applying fundamental knowledge of automotive operation, components and their interrelationships.
Diagnose and repair automotive climate control systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
Diagnose and repair automotive engine components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
Diagnose and repair automotive electrical and electronic components and systems, and personal safety systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
Diagnose and repair automotive drive train components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
Diagnose, repair and maintain automotive suspension, steering, and brake components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
Disassemble and assemble automotive components to required specifications by applying workshop skills and knowledge of basic shop practices.
Use a variety of test equipment, schematics, and troubleshooting techniques to assess automotive electrical/electronic systems, fuel systems, and subsystems.
Apply knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics to the testing and inspection of automotive systems and subsystems.
Apply knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics to the testing and inspection of automotive 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, support, maintain, and communicate data from logs, records, and documentation systems to appropriate standards.
Apply business practices, project management skills, and communication skills to improve customer service.
Assist in quality-control and quality assurance programs and procedures.
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.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or 19 years of age or older with mature student status. (See Mature Student Definition for details.)
Grade 12 Compulsory English, C or U or M or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270).
Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U or M or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Trades and Apprenticeship (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.
Those who possess a Red Seal or an Ontario College Motive Power certificate, as well as Motive Power journeypersons, may be eligible to enter directly into the second year of the program.
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: The student will be given an overview of automotive systems, plus the operation and interpretation of tools, automotive equipment, and meters, including basic function and usage of trade related hand and power tools. A major component of this course will deal with part and component identification and location. Hours: 142 Credits: 10 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 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 working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of major air conditioning systems heating and ventilation systems. Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Coverage includes two and four cycle internal combustion engines. In depth coverage of engine short block components and assemblies as well as oiling and cooling systems. Hours: 36 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Coverage includes an overview of electrical operation including batteries and battery testing, component testing with electrical meters and the application of electrical mathematical calculations. Basic electrical motor operation and components as well as electronics used in the automotive trade along with purposes and testing procedures. A basic understanding of vehicle emission and manufacturer installed emission control devices and testing procedures. Hours: 96 Credits: 7 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: major cranking systems and control circuits; charging systems and control circuits; electronic ignition systems and controls; fuel characteristics; gasoline electronic fuel injection systems; and engine management/engine control systems. Hours: 96 Credits: 7 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: A basic coverage of gears, levers and mechanical advantage. A thorough coverage of manual drive line components including; Standard transmissions and transaxles, clutch and clutch controls, drive axle assemblies and differentials. Hours: 36 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of manual transaxle, front wheel drive axles, non-lockup torque converters, automatic transmission, transfer cases and front/rear wheel drivelines. Hours: 36 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Coverage includes basic laws governing suspension movement and design, suspension types and components. Braking systems, components and operation. Wheels and tires as well as service safety and precautions for all the above areas. Hours: 42 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of suspension systems, manual and power steering systems, brake systems and the purpose and application of alignment angles and measurements. Hours: 42 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to the basics of Economics and Business both in Canada and internationally. Students will study various business structures as well as topics in economics, accounting, marketing, and operations management. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will examine the causes of engine failure. The student will demonstrate analytical skills to determine the reasons for engine failure by examining wear factors, oil analysis and macroscopic/microscopic examination and failed components. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: In this course the student will continue to build off of previous electrical knowledge. Components will include wiring diagrams, electrical/electronic components identification and operation, electrical/electronic diagnosis and test procedures and electrical/electronic replacement procedures and programming. Data Lines Communication Systems and Bussed Electrical Connections and Multiplexing will also be covered. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will observe and analyze drivability issues relating to fuels, sensor readings and faults and exhaust emission analysis. Students will also become familiar with scan tool data parameters, output controls and data recording. Also studied will be fuel and diesel injection systems, exhaust treatments, advancements and diagnostics. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Student will diagnose common failures in driveline, differential, transmission and coupling devices. The students will learn the fundamentals of vibration analysis, the effects of overloading (i.e. power adders) and correct repair techniques. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will look at the legal issues in the Motive Power Trades that cover subjects pertaining to Environmental issues, Liens Act, Vehicle Safety Inspection and sign-off , liabilities and Health and Safety Legislation issues (OHSA). Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will build on Motive Power Business I. The student will study Quality control / Quality assurance methods in business practices. Also covered will be Human Resource functions as per hiring, retaining and firing employee practices. The student will examine the cost to the business of hiring and training employees, payroll cost/legalities of current employees (i.e. Benefits, pension plans, CPP, WSIB, etc.). Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The main focus of this course is to introduce the students to different types of hybrids including current and future designs. Safety precautions while operating/working on or with hybrid vehicles will be addressed. The student will study the operation of hybrid systems, system disable procedures and scan tool diagnostics. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The student will study proper shop documentation, repair orders, service reports, warranty claims and equipment maintenance responsibilities. This can include pay structures, customer retention, waste management and recall notices. Shop organization and reporting structure of different types of businesses will also be studied. Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will chose an area of advanced Motive Power Technology, then design a project to test results of experiments to improve system(s) efficiencies or operations. Hours: 90 Credits: 6 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: In this course students will examine inventory control, stock and restocking systems and procedures, updating inventory obsolete stock, parts request procedures and special order parts and terms. Comparison between dealership and independent operation. Models will be covered. Students will review new account setup and monthly billing, trade pricing verses retail, how to deal with overdue accounts and profit margin. The student will also cover parts delivery/comebacks for part return procedures. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course is an advance supplement to the fuel and diagnostic section. It is designed to expose the students to the types, benefits and disadvantages of each alternative fuel that is currently available to the transportation industry. These include but are not limited to, Bio diesel, Ethanol, Methanol, Blended fuels, Hydrogen and Flex Fuel equipped vehicles. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours
Graduates may hold positions such as apprentice automotive service mechanics, service writers, shop managers, business owners, and work in settings that include manufacturing, service and sales.
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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