Motive Power Techniques - Truck and Coach Repair


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About the Program

Trucks and buses are critical to a successful economy by moving people and products to their final destinations. Train for a career that is in demand and keeps these vital modes of transportation on the road. Through a combination of hands-on activities in our state-of-the-art shops and theory-based classes, graduates from the Motive Power Techniques - Truck and Coach Repair certificate program are well-positioned to enter and be successful working in this trade area. Throughout the duration of your program, you will develop a strong foundation of technical skills needed for the truck and coach trade.
You will develop safe working practices in the use of tools, machinery, and equipment to complete the repair of engines, transmissions, drive trains and electrical/electronic components, and will apply basic communication, documentation, information technology, and computer skills to support a motive power-related work environment. To round out your training, you will be introduced to the basics of running a motive power business and relevant legal issues.
As a graduate of the certificate program, you will have an opportunity to receive automatic exemption from Level 1 of the Truck and Coach Technician apprenticeship in-school training should you choose to pursue that career pathway.

For more information, please contact our Student Recruitment staff at

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Guelph - September/2020 - Fall | Winter
Location: Guelph
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 30

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2020-2021 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Motive Power Techniques - Truck and Coach Repair - Program # 1384

Guelph - Fall 2020 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2020-09-08)
Description Fall 2020 Winter 2021
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00 $1348.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $20.95 $28.45
Administration Fee $18.40 $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75
CSI Association Fee $84.50 $110.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
HST $17.24 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $30.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $15.00 $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $3.50 $4.00
Locker Fee $0.00 $0.00
Alumni Services $0.00 $0.00
Student Spaces $0.00 $0.00
Graduation fee $0.00 $0.00
Academic Support Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $0.00 $0.00
Health and Wellness Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $0.00 $0.00
Career Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Career Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
Supply Fee (Taxed) $132.60 $0.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00 $5.00
Student Services $50.65 $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fees (optional) $0.00 $65.00
Session Total $2176.34 $1822.50
Year Total   $3998.84

International fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

Financial Assistance

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. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may seek employment as a truck and coach, heavy duty equipment, agricultural equipment, or powered lift truck apprentice in truck, trailer or coach sales, service writing, or parts positions. Alternatively, graduates may resume their studies in a Motive Power Technician college program with advanced standing.

On average, 83% of graduates from the last three years (2017 to 2019 found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

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. 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. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1384)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

COMP1280 Computer Applications

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

CON0101 Conestoga 101

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

MATH1830 Applied Mathematics

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

MOTV1210 Drawings, Schematics and Basic Electricity

Description: This course will introduce the student to basic electrical theory, electrical laws, test equipment, and schematic diagrams and symbols.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

TRCK1710 Trade and Repair Practices

Description: In this course, students will cover fastening devices, bearings, seals and sealants and the use of precision measuring tools
Hours: 14
Credits: 1

TRCK1720 Introduction to Truck and Coach Service and Repair

Description: In this course the student is given an overview of truck and coach systems, including the operation and interpretation of precision measuring tools and meters. Basic function and usage of trade related hand and power tools, including motive power safety and WHMIS is also covered. A major component of this course includes part, component identification and location.
Hours: 182
Credits: 9

WELD1610 Welding for Motive Power

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: 28
Credits: 2

Level 2
CDEV1820 Career Launch

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

MOTV2205 Motive Power Business I

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

MOTV2250 Legal Issues in Motive Power

Description: This course will review 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: 28
Credits: 2

TRCK1140 Fluid Power Systems

Description: This course covers the fundamentals 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. Another component of this course covers the design, layout and interpretation of electrical system wiring diagrams.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

TRCK1155 Engine and Fuel Systems I

Description: In this course, students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of diesel combustion engine assemblies, cylinder heads and valve trains, lubrication systems, cooling systems, intake and exhaust systems. Additionally, they will examine the fundamental properties, composition and operation of fuel systems – specifically diesel fuel systems, enabling students to perform inspection, maintenance and testing procedures on diesel fuel systems, and recommend appropriate reconditioning or repairs.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5

TRCK1740 Electrical Systems I

Description: Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the principles of electrical theory and laws, and use of electrical test equipment. Demonstrate an ability to trace, test and repair electrical circuits and components. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of electromagnetic devices and test and service batteries
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

TRCK1780 Drive Train and Brake Systems I

Description: This course covers the basics of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of power train clutch assemblies, gearing fundamentals, countershaft manual transmissions, driveshafts, power take-off systems (PTO's) and single drive axle assemblies. In addition, students will demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the construction, operating principles, testing and servicing of hydraulic brake and air brake systems.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

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