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Motive Power Technician / Automotive Service Technician Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program

Available at: Cornwall


Advances in technology have created unprecedented changes in the automotive industry and these changes have created a demand for a highly skilled technical service workforce.

In response to the needs of the automotive service sector, the Motive Power Technician Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program provides students with a specific range of technical training and generic skills required for employment in this rapidly changing industry. This two-year program provides participants with a theoretical background and hands-on training in the various automotive systems with an emphasis on personal safety and in a safe and barrier-free work environment. Students learn to assess and diagnose vehicle systems and to select the proper tools and service information to resolve vehicle operation issues. 

This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

This program is not open to International students.


Students benefit from:

  • Registration as an Apprentice with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • Paid co-op work placement
  • Placement hours logged for apprenticeship
  • Qualifying for the Certificate of Qualification for Automotive Service Technician upon successful completion of the program and the work requirements for apprenticeships

Skilled Trades at St. Lawrence College

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Career Opportunities

Analysis of the labour market shows that the Province of Ontario is facing skills shortages in the transportation sector and that more than half of the new positions created in this sector will be in technical service.  Program graduates are prepared for a variety of employment opportunities including work as an automotive service technician, service advisor, service manager, parts manager, technical assistance advisor and retail associate.   

Current Grant Opportunities

This program is considered a Red Seal trade (see Apprenticeship grants are designed to make a career in the trades an attractive choice and to encourage more apprentices to complete their training. Eligible apprentices can receive up to $4,000 which can be used to pay for tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.

As per the Service Canada website, registered apprentices who have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) in one of the Red Seal trades can apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) which is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year/level up to a maximum of $2,000. Registered apprentices who have completed their training and become a certified journeyperson in a designated Red Seal trade and who obtain either the Red Seal endorsement or a provincial or territorial Certificate of Qualification can apply for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) which is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. For more information visit

Program Name

Motive Power Technician / Automotive Service Technician Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2019-20

Semester 1
COMP 201 Basic Computer Applications
MATH 17 Introductory Mathematics for Trades Technicians
MOTO 101 Work Practices I
MOTO 102 Engine Systems I
MOTO 103 Electrical, Electronics, & Fuel Systems I
MOTO 104 Drive Train Systems I
MOTO 105 Suspension, Steering & Brakes Systems I

Semester 2
MOTO 201 Air Conditioning Systems
MOTO 202 Engine Systems II
MOTO 203 Electrical, Electronics and Emissions Systems II
MOTO 204 Drive Train Systems II
MOTO 205 Suspension, Steering & Brakes Systems II
COMM 62 Skilled Trades Applied Communications
AUTO 1210 Technical Mathematics

Semester 3
AUTO 1306 Customer Relations and Communications
AUTO 1403 Blueprint Reading and Computer Aided Design
MOTO 303 Electrical, Electronic and Emissions Systems III
AUTO 1404 Hydraulics
GENE 24 Ethics and Critical Thinking
General Education Course

Semester 4
AUTO 1401 Automotive After Market
AUTO 1407 Technology & Business Practices
MOTO 301 Work Practices II
MOTO 302 Engine Systems III
MOTO 304 Drive Train Systems III
MOTO 305 Suspension, Steering & Brake Systems III
AUTO 1402 Microcontrollers
GENE General Education Course (Online)
AUTO 1408 Welding for the Motive Power II

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Health Requirements


When we're in hiring mode, we contact St. Lawrence College and recruit. There is always a need for the servicing of vehicles no matter what the economy is doing.

Mark Conti

Program Contact

Mark MacDonell

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

This program is designed and delivered by experienced faculty who have extensive expertise in the automotive industry and who have delivered training to that industry. In addition, the faculty has been involved in the development and delivery of the in-school curriculum for the provincially regulated trade of Automotive Service Technician.

Graduates of this two-year program are eligible to receive an Ontario College Diploma in Motive Power Technician. At the same time, graduates will be registered as an Automotive apprentice and receive the equivalent of all the in-school training necessary to meet the requirements of the provincially administered apprenticeship program. Upon completion of this program and with the additional work experience (on-the-job training) detailed in the training standards for the Automotive Trade, apprentices will then be eligible to challenge the exam for the Certificate of Qualification for the Trade.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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