The modern vehicle is a technical marvel on wheels. With computers and sophisticated powertrains and engines, today's vehicles need tech-savvy professionals with specialized skills to help keep them on the road. If a career that lets you get your hands dirty while keeping up-to-date on the many technical advances in vehicle manufacturing is important to you, the Motive Power Technician (Automotive) program will deliver the skills necessary for an in-demand career.
You'll learn all there is to know about internal combustion spark-ignition engines, powertrains, and related modern vehicle systems in cutting-edge shops and with state-of-the-art tools and diagnosing equipment. You'll also learn to communicate effectively, diagnose and solve problems logically and undertake responsible work tasks with minimum supervision.
When you graduate, you'll have the skills necessary to find work with motive power equipment manufacturers, oil companies or industrial, commercial and passenger vehicle manufacturers. You can even work for motive power equipment dealers in service, parts, warranty claims, merchandising sales and insurance estimating, with advancement possibilities to supervisory and administrative positions. You'll also be well-prepared to enter the workplace in the Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship, and depending upon the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) policies, may also gain credit for completion of in-school training for this particular apprenticeship.
Admission Requirements - 2019/2020
- OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years.
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years.
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years.
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10.
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Transportation Technology (C)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Technological Design (M)
- Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Business Studies (C), (M), or (O)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics OR Chemistry (C) or (U)
- Basic Computer Skills
- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course and Computer Skills course
Recommended Personal Preparation
- Training or experience in any of the following areas may be helpful preparation for this program: technological studies in automotive, welding or drafting courses; physics or environmental science courses; part-time employment in the motive power industry
- Ontario Youth Apprentice Program (OYAP)
- Specialized High Skills Major participant
Credit for a specific program course may be given to students who can demonstrate that they have the required education and experience to meet the objectives and evaluation criteria of the detailed course requirements.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Motive Power Technician (Automotive) program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Motive Power Technician (Automotive) program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Motive Power Technician (Automotive) program.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
- Engine Fundamentals Theory
- Engine Fundamentals Lab
- Electrical Fundamentals Theory
- Electrical Fundamentals Lab
- Power Train Fundamentals Theory
- Power Train Fundamentals Lab
- Fuel & Emission Fundamentals Theory 3
- Fuel & Emission Fundamentals Lab
- Vehicle Control Fundamentals Theory
- Vehicle Control Fundamentals Lab
- Technical Practices Theory
- Technical Practices Lab 1
- Applied Mathematics
- Reason & Writing 1-Technology
- Marketing Principles
- Skills for Success
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
- Automotive Engine Mechanical Systems Thy
- Automotive Engine Mechanical Systems Lab
- Automotive Electrical/Electronic Sys Thy
- Automotive Electrical/Electronic Sys Lab
- Automotive Power Train Systems Theory
- Automotive Power Train Systems Lab
- Automotive Fuel & Emission Systems Thy
- Automotive Fuel & Emission Systems Lab
- Automotive Vehicle Control Systems Thy
- Automotive Vehicle Control Systems Lab
- Automotive Climate Control Systems Thy
- Automotive Climate Control Systems Lab
- Alternative Energy Vehicle Systems Thy
- Alternative Energy Vehicle Systems Lab
- Management Principles
- Applied Management Principles
- Applied Vehicle Dynamics
- Communications-Motive Power
Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Year 2
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 19 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program.
Graduates may find employment opportunities with motive power equipment manufacturers and dealers, oil companies, industrial, commercial and passenger vehicle manufacturers and dealers in service, parts, warranty claims, merchandising sales and insurance estimating with advancement possibilities to supervisory and administrative positions.
Graduates are also well positioned to enter the workplace in the Automotive Service Technician trade and, depending upon the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) policies, may also gain credit for completion of in-school training for that particular trade.
The Motive Power Technician (Automotive) Diploma program is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program. The program is designed to develop graduates with essential advanced technical, organizational, interpersonal, administrative and managerial skills required for the automotive service industry as well as providing progressive and comprehensive learning experiences on internal combustion spark-ignition engines, powertrains, and related modern vehicle systems. Students will learn to communicate effectively, diagnose and solve problems logically and to undertake responsible work tasks with a minimum of supervision.
Graduates may also be in a favorable status if they wish to apply for our alternative Motive Power Technician (Diesel) Diploma program. Credit for those courses that bridge our diploma programs will be granted; therefore, significantly reducing the requirements for this second Ontario College Diploma.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Analyze, 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.
- Diagnose* and repair climate control systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
- Diagnose* and repair engine systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
- Diagnose* and repair electrical, electronic, personal safety, and emission components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
- Diagnose* and repair drive train components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
- Diagnose* and repair suspension, steering, and brake components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
- Disassemble and assemble components to required specifications by applying workshop skills and knowledge of basic shop practices.
- Select and use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and test equipment to assess electronic circuits, vehicle systems, and subsystems.
- Apply knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics to the testing and analysis of motive power systems and subsystems.
- Communicate information effectively, credibly, and accurately by producing supporting documentation to appropriate standards.
- Use information technology and computer skills to support work in a motive power environment.
- Prepare, support, maintain and communicate data from the log, record, and documentation systems.
- Apply business practices, project management skills, and communication skills to improve customer service.
- Assist in quality-control and quality-assurance programs and procedures.
- Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth, job performance, and work relationships.
- 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.