Motive Power

What to expect from a career as a Motive Power Technician and more

The motive power industry is one that is constantly changing. It requires highly trained professionals who can not only manage the mechanics of today’s popular vehicles, but also keep up with the technological advancements of those just beginning to enter the mainstream. Motive power programs at Ontario colleges teach not only the fundamentals of motive repair and mechanical work, but also the ability to keep up with the latest cutting-edge features and fabrications.

If you’re interested in a mechanic or technician career in the motive power industry, here’s what you need to know.

Motive Power Courses

Most motive power programs have a focus on one or many types of motor-powered vehicles, from cars and trucks to coaches, sport and recreation vehicles and more. Programs have different outcomes and different courses:

  • Motive Power Fundamentals. These programs provide students with entry-level theory and skills training, and are often used as building blocks for further study in the motive industry. Graduates can also choose to enter the workforce as automotive parts and counter personnel. Courses in these programs include introductions to service shops, automotive electrical, heavy equipment maintenance and much more.
  • Motive Power Techniques. These programs are also introductory programs, but are focused more on preparing students for technician assisting work or for motive power apprenticeships. Graduates can act as lube technicians, parts installers, automotive appraisers and other entry-level careers, or they can achieve credit toward becoming automotive service technicians. Courses in these programs include computer applications, materials science, customer relations, work practices, fabrication and more.
  • Motive Power Technician. These programs are more advanced and prepare students to work as qualified technicians in the service or mechanical aspects of the automotive industry. Courses will vary depending on the program’s focus, but all will include core courses such as motive power and electrical system fundamentals. Some programs may include a co-op component.

General Motive Power Program Requirements

Ontario college motive power programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Additional academic requirements will vary by program.

Note: Most motive power programs can be used as a starting point for apprenticeships, and will satisfy the in-class component. After completing the program, students can register with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, find a willing employer and begin the practical component of their apprenticeship training.

Motive Power Jobs and Salaries

There are opportunities across many industries for graduates of motive power programs, whether they choose to pursue the service or the mechanical sides of the industry. A sample of these opportunities includes:

  • Service and repair shops
  • Dealerships
  • Parts distributors and wholesalers
  • Insurance appraising and adjusting companies

Salaries in the field depend on level of experience and position. Entry-level positions typically start between $27,000 and $37,000 per year, but professionals who have completed their apprenticeships can expect to make more.

Ontario Colleges Offering Motive Power Programs

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