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Motive Power Fundamentals – Parts and Counter Personnel (MPFP)
Motive Power Technician – Service and Management (MPTN)

Available as a one or two-year program

Train for a career in the fast-paced and ever-changing automotive field with expertise that can be applied to motive power trades such as heavy equipment, small engine, marine, power sport, truck and coach and agricultural technician.
  • Program Code

    MPFP/MPTN

  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Certificate (Fundamentals)

    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

Motive power tradespeople possess refined knowledge, diagnostic abilities and business management skills.

  • A one-year certificate prepares you for a career as parts and counter personnel.
  • A two-year diploma prepares you for a technical position, and provides the practical training to manage a small business or franchise.
  • Graduates work with dealerships, manufacturers, service and repair shops, parts distributors, retail stores, wholesalers, insurance appraisers and adjustors, and manufacturing plants for automotive-related items.
  • Activities may include repairs, writing customer service orders, sales, customer relations, parts counter service, warranty claim processing, supervision and insurance appraisal.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Auto Parts Counter Person, Benson Auto Parts
  • Apprentice Technician, Boyer Kia
  • Service Writer, Canadian Tire
  • Automotive Technician, JFP Automotive Inc.
  • Automotive Technician, Heninger Toyota
  • Automotive Apprentice, Ford Canada
  • Counter Person, CarQuest
  • Vehicle Sales Associate, Belleville Toyota

Is it for you?

You love cars. But do you want to do this for a living? People who succeed in this program:

  • Have often grown up taking things apart and putting them back together
  • Enjoy troubleshooting and solving problems
  • Have a good background in math
  • Like to know how things work

Experiential learning

Get a hands-on education that will prepare you for this trade:

  • Learn by doing in Loyalist’s new state-of-the-art Bay of Quinte Skills Centre.
  • Practise your skills on real vehicles and vehicle components in a safe learning environment.
  • Gain practical knowledge of safe environmental practises and small business management.
  • Enjoy extracurricular opportunities including the annual Show and Shine event, Drive to Survive, Santa Claus parade, Heels on Wheels, and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.
  • SEMA has invited Loyalist students to participate in its student placement program for the past seven years – the only College Automotive program in Canada to participate in the program.
  • Selected parts of the course content mirrors that of the three levels of the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn with an experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic faculty.
  • Professors are licensed Automotive Technicians recognized and in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades, with experience teaching high school and college automotive programs.
  • The program coordinator has been recognized with Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Canadian Auto Workers and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs.

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