(Automotive) Motive Power Technician

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Program Code: 8202

School: School of Transportation

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Ashtonbee Campus

Email: dweatherhead@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 7226

This (Automotive) Motive Power Technician – Technical program is for you if you've ever wondered how an engine works or what makes a transmission drive.

With an emphasis on motor vehicle technology, this dynamic and inclusive program prepares you for work within the transportation industry. Through various Motive Power Technician courses, which are theoretical and practical, you acquire trade-relevant skills and knowledge that helps you undertake challenging positions in a variety of motive power employment opportunities.

In keeping with Ministry and the Ontario College of Trades standards, the program provides academic and practical content that meets the requirements for Level One and Level Two in-school apprenticeship training. Additionally, you actively participate in comprehensive hands-on training activities in fully-equipped, modern transportation lab facilities.

If you're looking for a challenging and rewarding experience where wrenches and technology meet, you'll find it in Centennial's Motive Power program.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
AUTO-106 Electrical Fundamentals Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-107 Workplace/Trade Practices Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-108 Fluid Power Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-110 Engines 1 Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Ashtonbee Campus
GS-150 Pathways to Success Ashtonbee Campus
MCAL-100 Measurements and Calculations 1 Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
AUTO-120 Electrical Diagnosis 1 Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-121 Steering, Suspension, and Brakes 1 Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-122 Drivelines 1 Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-123 Fuels & Emissions 1 Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus
MCAL-200 Measurements and Calculations 2 Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
AUTO-231 Engines 2 Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-232 Electrical Diagnosis 2 Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-233 Steering, Suspension, and Brakes 2 Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-234 Drivelines 2 Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-235 Fuels & Emissions 2 Ashtonbee Campus
FOPM-100 Fixed Operations Management 1 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
AUTO-241 Engines 3 (Maintenance & Repair) Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-242 Steering, Suspension, and Brakes 3 (Maintenance & Repair) Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-243 Systems Diagnostics (Fuels/Elec) Ashtonbee Campus
AUTO-244 HVAC & ODP Certification Ashtonbee Campus
ENGL-219 Communications for Motive Power Professionals Ashtonbee Campus
FOPM-200 Fixed Operations Management 2 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus

Companies Offering Jobs

Canadian Tire, Department of National Defence, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda Canada, State Farm Insurance, Toyota

Program Highlights

  • Graduates meet requirements associated with Level 1 and Level 2 Automotive Service Technician in-school apprenticeship training
  • Graduates earn ODP certification (Ozone Depletion Prevention)
  • Graduates earn a recognized two-year diploma
  • Students practice aspects of vehicle repair and diagnosis in one of Canada's largest transportation training centers 

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow students to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario


The Canadian Automotive Repair and Service National Accreditation Board accredits the (Automotive) Motive Power Technician – Technical program.

Career Outlook

  • Automotive apprentice technician
  • Automotive technician (following apprenticeship)
  • Automotive technical supervisor
  • Automotive service advisor
  • Automotive service manager
  • Automotive parts manager
  • Automotive teacher (college/high school/factory training)

Academic Requirements

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $942.00 $3,709.00
International $12,800.00 $2,137.00 $14,937.00