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Motive Power Fundamentals – Parts and Counter Personnel
Motive Power Technician – Service and Management

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.

This program will be delivered in-person for the Winter semester. For more information, please visit our Winter 2022 Program Delivery page.

  • 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 several 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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