Diploma in Motive Power Technician (Automotive)

General

Program Description

Rev up your skills with our auto mechanic courses

The modern vehicle is a technical marvel on wheels. With computers and sophisticated power trains 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.

In our auto mechanic course, you'll learn all there is to know about internal combustion spark-ignition engines, power trains 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 in the pursuit of your mechanic certification.

After graduating with your mechanical engineering technician diploma

When you graduate from our auto mechanic courses, you'll have the skills necessary to find work with motive power equipment manufacturers, oil companies or industrial, commercial and passenger vehicle manufacturers. Our mechanic courses prepare you so that you can even work for motive power equipment dealers in servicing, parts, warranty claims, merchandising sales, and insurance estimating, with advancement possibilities to supervisory and administrative positions. Upon successful completion of our auto mechanic course, 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.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. 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.
  2. Diagnose* and repair climate control systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  3. Diagnose* and repair engine systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  4. Diagnose* and repair electrical, electronic, personal safety, and emission components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  5. Diagnose* and repair drive train components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  6. Diagnose* and repair suspension, steering, and brake components and systems in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  7. Disassemble and assemble components to required specifications by applying workshop skills and knowledge of basic shop practices.
  8. Select and use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and test equipment to assess electronic circuits, vehicle systems, and subsystems.
  9. Apply knowledge of hydraulics and pneumatics to the testing and analysis of motive power systems and subsystems.
  10. Communicate information effectively, credibly, and accurately by producing supporting documentation to appropriate standards.
  11. Use information technology and computer skills to support work in a motive power environment.
  12. Prepare, support, maintain and communicate data from the log, record, and documentation systems.
  13. Apply business practices, project management skills, and communication skills to improve customer service.
  14. Assist in quality-control and quality-assurance programs and procedures.
  15. Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth, job performance, and work relationships.
  16. 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.

Courses

Year 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • MOTP-1050 Engine Fundamentals Theory
  • MOTP-1051 Engine Fundamentals Lab
  • MOTP-1052 Electrical Fundamentals Theory
  • MOTP-1053 Electrical Fundamentals Lab
  • MOTP-1054 Power Train Fundamentals Theory
  • MOTP-1055 Power Train Fundamentals Lab
  • MOTP-1056 Fuel & Emission Fundamentals Theory
  • MOTP-1057 Fuel & Emission Fundamentals Lab
  • MOTP-1058 Vehicle Control Fundamentals Theory
  • MOTP-1059 Vehicle Control Fundamentals Lab
  • MOTP-1060 Technical Practices Theory
  • MOTP-1061 Technical Practices Lab
  • MATH-1162 Applied Mathematics
  • WRIT-1039 Reason & Writing 1-Technology
  • MKTG-1047 Marketing Principles
  • ACAD-1007 Skills for Success

Year 2

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • MOTP-5017 Automotive Engine Mechanical Systems Theory
  • MOTP-5018 Automotive Engine Mechanical Systems Lab
  • MOTP-5019 Automotive Electrical/Electronic Sys Theory
  • MOTP-5020 Automotive Electrical/Electronic Sys Lab
  • MOTP-5021 Automotive Power Train Systems Theory
  • MOTP-5022 Automotive Power Train Systems Lab
  • MOTP-5023 Automotive Fuel & Emission Systems Theory
  • MOTP-5024 Automotive Fuel & Emission Systems Lab
  • MOTP-5025 Automotive Vehicle Control Systems Theory
  • MOTP-5026 Automotive Vehicle Control Systems Lab
  • MOTP-5027 Automotive Climate Control Systems Theory
  • MOTP-5028 Automotive Climate Control Systems Lab
  • MOTP-5029 Alternative Energy Vehicle Systems Theory
  • MOTP-5030 Alternative Energy Vehicle Systems Lab
  • MGMT-5041 Management Principles
  • MGMT-5043 Applied Management Principles
  • MOTP-5014 Applied Vehicle Dynamics
  • COMM-3040 Communications-Motive Power

General Education - Electives

  • Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally Taken in Level 2

Program Residency

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.

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Admission Requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream

or

  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)

or

  • Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate

or

  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

or

  • 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 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
  • 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

Advanced Standing

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:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. 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).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Note:
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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment opportunities with motive power equipment manufacturers and dealers, oil companies, industrial, commercial and passenger vehicle manufacturers and dealers in servicing, 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 Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) policies, may also gain credit for completion of in-school training for that particular trade.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including ... Read More

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students from 97 different countries. Read less
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