Motive Power programs offer apprenticeship training levels 1 and 2
Students contemplating a career in the automotive, heavy truck and coach, and heavy duty equipment trades have a new route to get into the field that combines classroom instruction with valuable hands-on training in the workplace.
Centennial College's Automotive, Truck and Coach, and Heavy Duty Motive Power Technician diplomas now offer equivalency for levels 1 and 2 apprenticeship in-school training as part of the programs, which means students can complete their in-class training requirements at college before they go out to find an employer to sponsor them in the workplace.
The benefits to students are considerable: when they graduate from their two-year program, students can immediately sign an agreement with an employer and register as an apprentice. Employers don't have to accommodate their return to college for some time, though apprentices will return for eight weeks to get their Level 3 training after working for two or three years. Motive power apprentices typically need to work for three to five years after completing the in-school training before they can earn their technician's license.
The School of Transportation at Centennial College is Canada's transportation training hub with more than 3,000 apprentices in the automotive, truck and coach, and modified apprenticeship programs. Programs are supported and reviewed by the industry to ensure quality and learning outcomes. Centennial's partners include General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Canadian Tire, Volvo Truck, ATSSA and Air Canada.