Motive Power Technician - Automotive Service

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Courses - September 2025

Level 1

Course details

Automotive Maintenance and Repair
AUTO1467

Description:

In this course, students will be given an overview of motive power safety, WHMIS/GHS, automotive systems, and functional concepts of electrical theories and systems. Students will perform shop tasks including inspection and service of various automotive systems and related components. A major focus of this course will be the development of safe and efficient work habits, while increasing students' familiarity with automotive systems and service.

  • Hours: 154
  • Credits: 8
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Automotive Repair Practices
AUTO1475

Description:

In this course, students will learn about the proper procedures to safely inspect and use various automotive lifting devices, tools, and equipment. Students will learn and perform various maintenance and inspection tasks to industry standards, including the application of precision measurement and associated tools. Online service information software will be used to access maintenance schedules, fluid capacities and specifications, and other trade related information. Students will learn the fundamentals of bearings, gaskets, sealers, and service procedures associated with each.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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College Reading & Writing Skills
COMM1085

Description: This course introduces students to the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse a variety of texts and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising to produce writing that meets the expectations of selected audiences and purposes. The course prepares students for college-level writing tasks, research, and documentation by asking them to produce clear, informed, and purposeful documents relevant to both academic and professional contexts.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Computer Applications
COMP1280

Description:

This course will introduce students to the use of word processing and spreadsheet software, as well as, operating systems and the Web to produce technical documents.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Applied Mathematics
MATH1830

Description: This course is an applied mathematics course enabling the student to utilize 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: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Motive Power Business I
MOTV2205

Description: This course will introduce students to the foundations of business both in Canada and globally. Students will study various business structures as well as topics in economics, accounting, marketing, finance and operations management.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course details

Engine Systems I
AUTO1231

Description:

In this course students will demonstrate a working knowledge of two- and four-cycle internal combustion engines. Course content includes in depth coverage of engine short block components and assemblies.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 2
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Electrical/Electronic Fuel and Emission Systems I
AUTO1250

Description:

This course provides an overview of vehicle fuel, electrical/electronic and emission systems. Content includes fundamental motor operation and components, electronics used in the automotive trade, vehicle emissions and manufacturer installed emission control devices and testing procedures.

  • Hours: 98
  • Credits: 7
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Drive Train Systems I
AUTO1271

Description: This course provides basic coverage of gears, levers and mechanical advantage, and a thorough coverage of manual drive line components including: standard transmissions and transaxles, clutch and clutch controls, drive axle assemblies and differentials.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 2
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Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems I
AUTO1291

Description: In this course students will learn the basic laws governing suspension movement and design, suspension types and their components. Expanding on the knowledge gained in the Introduction to Automotive Service and Repair, this course will also cover braking systems, their components and operation. Through practical activities students will be able to perform inspection and testing on suspension system components and sub-assemblies, repair of tire and rim assemblies, and brake systems all according to manufacturers’ service procedures. This knowledge will constitute the foundation for key concepts studied later in the program.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 2
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Career Launch
CDEV1820

Description: This course prepares students to conduct an effective job search. Students will explore labour market trends to uncover the hidden job market. Students will learn to identify their transferable skills and market them effectively. They will create targeted resumes and cover letters aimed at employers in their field. Students will learn strategies to communicate their skills effectively in an interview. They will explore the skills, attitudes and expectations needed to successfully transition into the workplace. Throughout the duration of this course, a personalized job search plan will be created to support their future career goals.
  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Welding for Motive Power
WELD1610

Description: In this course the student 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 include safe operating principles, applications, equipment set up and troubleshooting.
  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Level 3

Course details

Air Conditioning Systems
AUTO1220

Description:

In this course, the student will demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Electrical/Electronic and Emission Systems II
AUTO1260

Description:

In this course, the student will 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: 98
  • Credits: 7
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Engine Systems II
AUTO2060

Description:

In this course, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the purpose, construction and principles for cylinder head assembly components.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 2
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Drive Train Systems II
AUTO2080

Description:

In this course, the student will perform visual inspections, testing, diagnosis and repair of front wheel drive axle assemblies, rear wheel drive assemblies, final drive assemblies, automatic transmissions, transaxles and torque converters.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 2
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Motive Power Business II
MOTV2265

Description: This course provides the student with an introduction to the requirements of operating a small business. Entrepreneurial concepts such as business management including feasibility assessment, raising capital, business planning, marketing products and services and managing employees are introduced. The course also covers principles needed to operate a business. Students will develop a formal and thorough business plan, and will utilize prior and concurrent learning in areas of marketing, accounting, finance and operations.
  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: MOTV2205
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Motive Power Shop Management
MOTV2285

Description:

In this course 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: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Level 4

Course details

Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems II
AUTO2090

Description: In this course students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of suspension systems. In addition, students will examine manual and power steering systems, brake systems including the purpose and application of alignment angles and measurements.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 2
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Advanced Electrical Systems
ELEC2130

Description:

This course emphasizes advancements in vehicle electrical systems with a focus on industry trends. Students will have the opportunity to learn topics including, computer fundamentals, module-to-module communication, and diagnostic strategies. Students will gain knowledge regarding the operation and usage of digital storage oscilloscopes, and professional scan tools. This course combines both theory and hands-on training and expands on content covered in previous electrical courses within the program.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
MOTV2180

Description: In this course students will be introduced to different types of hybrids including current and future designs. Students will study safety precautions while operating/working on or with hybrid vehicles, in addition to the operation of hybrid systems, system disable procedures and scan tool diagnostics.
  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 3
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Failure Analysis
MOTV2215

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: 42
  • Credits: 2
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Parts Management
MOTV2305

Description:

In this course students will analyze point of purchase transactions including Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) decoding and parts lookup, inventory control procedures, billing and account setups; in addition to parts delivery, core charges and return processes. Students will also examine independent and dealership models including trade and retail accounts.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Fuels and Diagnostics
MOTV2455

Description:

In this course students will receive advanced exposure to gasoline and diesel electronic fuel injection systems, including operating principles, driveability issues, and diagnosis. Students will learn about emission related faults as well as exhaust emission analysis; and will become familiar with scan tool data input parameters, output controls, and freeze-frame data recording. Additionally, students will develop an understanding of the various types and designs of valve train systems used today in both gasoline and diesel-powered light duty vehicles.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Program outcomes

  1. Analyse, diagnose, and solve various motive power system problems by using problem-solving and critical thinking skills and strategies and by applying fundamental knowledge of motor vehicle operation, components, and their interrelationships.
  2. Diagnose and repair climate control systems in compliance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  3. Diagnose and repair engine systems in compliance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  4. Diagnose and repair electrical, electronic, personal safety, and emission components and systems in compliance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  5. Diagnose and repair drive train components and systems in compliance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  6. Diagnose and repair suspension, steering, and brake components and systems in compliance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  7. Disassemble and assemble components to required specifications by applying workshop skills and knowledge of basic shop practices.
  8. Select and use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and test equipment to assess electronic circuits, vehicle systems, and subsystems.
  9. Apply knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics to the testing and analysis of motive power systems and subsystems.
  10. Communicate information effectively, credibly, and accurately by producing supporting documentation to appropriate standards.
  11. Use information technology and computer skills to support work in a motive power environment.
  12. Prepare, support, maintain, and communicate data from log, record, and documentation systems.
  13. Apply business practices, project management skills, and communication skills to improve customer service.
  14. Assist in quality-control and quality-assurance programs and procedures.
  15. Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth, job performance, and work relationships.
  16. 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.