Motive Power Technician – Heavy Equipment

Program Title – Motive Power Technician – Heavy Equipment
  • Credential Earned
    Ontario College Diploma or Level 2,3 Apprenticeship upon completion of placement

    Delivery
    Full Time

  • Program Length
    4 Semesters

    Program Status
    Open

  • Tuition and Fees Second Career Career Coach

Program Codes
T121 – Full Time (4 Semesters) – Timmins Campus
T121B – Full Time (4 Semesters) Co-op Apprenticeship – Timmins Campus

Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.

Program Description
This program will prepare you to apply your knowledge in analyzing and solving heavy duty equipment system problems. You will learn how to diagnose and repair mechanical, electronic and electrical heavy duty equipment components and systems using a variety of troubleshooting techniques and testing equipment to support heavy equipment operations. Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship programs provide a basis for you to:

  • Develop desirable work attitudes and a keen sense of responsibility, particularly with regard to personal safety.
  • Acquire sound theoretical training to meet the challenges of today’s increasingly complex work environments.
  • Reinforce fundamental skills of the trade through exposure to practical applications.
  • Develop high standards of craftsmanship, problem solving skills and personal pride in your trade.

Pathways to Success
Students may also choose to continue their education to earn another diploma in Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service (Compressed Program).

The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program is offered on a “Thruway” basis and offers students multiple possible exit points:

Exit 1
Successful completion of Semester 2 earns the 1-year College Certificate and Level 1 of the in-school apprenticeship training.

Exit 2
Successful completion of Semester 3 earns Level 2 of the in-school apprenticeship training.

Exit 3
Successful completion of Semester 4 earns 2-year college diploma and Level 3 of in-school apprenticeship training.

Students are encouraged to complete a co-op placement during the summer months after first and second year. The college will make every effort to assist students in finding co-op placements.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may work in dealerships, service and repair shops, or retails stores. They may also work within the forestry, mining and construction industries or for insurance companies.

Contact Information
trades@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 11 Math (C, M, U)

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Semester 1
EL1120 Electrical and Electronics I
EN1592 Communication Fundamentals
GN1033 Health and Safety
HD1166 Trade Practices and Applications I
IN1092 Computer Methods Trades Software
MA1002 Mathematics and Precision Measurement I
MP1005 Engines I
WE1092 Welding I

Semester 2
EN1582 Applied Communications I
HD2003 Fluid Power I
HD2004 Fuels I
HD3006 Steering, Suspension and Brakes 1
MA2022 Mathematics and Precision Measurement II
PT2004 Power Trains I
WE2092 Welding II
T093B Co-Op Option

Semester 3
EL1003 Elective I
HD3003 Fluid Power II
HD3004 Fuels II
HD3015 Engines II
WE3002 Welding III

Semester 4
BU4063 Introduction to Small Business
EL4006 Electrical and Electronics II
HD4002 Fluid Power III
HD4004 Steering, Suspension and Brakes II
MP3004 HVAC
PT4006 Power Trains II
T093B Co-Op Option

Semester 1
EL1120 Electrical and Electronics I
Students learn the fundamentals of basic motor vehicle electrical and electronics systems, including the proper maintenance, cleaning and inspection procedures of those systems and components. Topics include basic electrical and electronic theory and introduction to lead acid batteries and electrical system diagrams.

EN1592 Communication Fundamentals
Students review and practice the fundamental conventions of standard English and develop independent learning skills.

GN1033 Health and Safety
This course is an introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. Topics include the Act and several related regulations. The student will also complete a valid WHMIS certification course during the semester.

HD1166 Trade Practices and Applications I
Topics include proper lifting practices, fire safety and suppression systems, hazardous fumes, carbon monoxide poisoning, and the use and selection of various precision tools and testers used in the motor vehicle trade. Students will hands on experience in what they have studied in theory classes.

IN1092 Computer Methods Trades Software
Students will learn about trade software and how to use the Alldata system. They will also learn how to identify different vehicles by their VIN numbers, how vehicle warranties work, the different positions and responsibilities of workers in the automotive industry, how to complete work orders and how to deal with the public.

MA1002 Mathematics and Precision Measurement I
The Mathematics & Precision Measurement I course for the Industrial Millwright Mechanic Techniques, Motive Power Fundamentals and the Heavy Equipment Techniques programs consists of trade related mathematical problems and their solutions. The course begins with an introduction to precision measurement tools and then moves on to a review of essential mathematical concepts required in a variety of trade-related practices and applications. Early concepts include a brief review of BEDMAS, averages, and estimation and then study units deal with fraction, decimal, and percent uses relevant to work carried out in the workplace. The semester ends with ratio and proportion concepts useful in solving problems associated with RPM calculations and gear train problems.

MP1005 Engines I
Students are introduced to the basic construction of internal combustion engines. They will learn the proper maintenance, cleaning and inspection procedures of gasoline engines and components. Topics will include the construction and repair of engine crankshaft, connecting rod, piston and piston rings, cylinder block, air and liquid cooling systems, lubrication systems and maintenance, testing and repair of the above systems.

WE1092 Welding I
Students will be introduced to the use of welding equipment, hazards, and to welding equipment safety.

Semester 2
EN1582 Applied Communications I
Students practice the fundamentals of career-related applications of basic communications skills.

HD2003 Fluid Power I
Students are introduced to hydraulic and pneumatic fundamentals, basic circuits, system components, graphic symbols, conductors and connectors, maintenance schedules as well as safety precautions and procedures specific to fluid power.

HD2004 Fuels I
Students are introduced to fundamentals of gasoline and diesel fuel systems, diesel fuel injection principals, diesel fuel injection sub-systems, diesel hydraulic injection systems and components, diesel fuel system component service and repair.

HD3006 Steering, Suspension and Brakes I
Students will explore the different types, the history and basic functions of, be introduced to the basic construction of and will learn the proper maintenance, cleaning and inspection procedures of components included in the following modules: brake systems, steering and suspension systems used on heavy equipment.

MA2022 Mathematics and Precision Measurement II
The Mathematics course for the Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Millwright, Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service and the Heavy Equipment Techniques consists of trade related mathematical problems and their solutions.

PT2004 Power Trains I
Students will learn about the various power-train systems and components used in all types of equipment. Clutching and gearing fundamentals, manual transmissions, drive-shafts, drive axle assemblies, power dividers.

WE2092 Welding II
Students will become familiar various cutting and welding processes and build upon skills learned in Welding I.

T093B Co-Op Option
Students complete 16 week co-op placement and are granted Level 1 of apprenticeship.

Semester 3
EL1003 Elective I
Students may choose a post secondary course from a program they are working towards or a regular General Arts and Science course as an elective. Notes: Students cannot take post-secondary courses which require prerequisites. Certain programs such as, BSc. Nursing, Law Clerk and others, have predetermined electives. A list of eligible elective courses for these programs will be provided by the program coordinator at the beginning of each semester in which an elective is required.

HD3003 Fluid Power II
Students will learn at a more advanced level of hydraulics related to graphic symbols, calculations, fluids, conditioners, control valves and hydraulic pumps.

HD3004 Fuels II
Students will learn the operating principles, component design, function, diagnosis and repair procedures of electronically managed diesel fuel injection systems.

HD3015 Engines II
Students will become familiar with design fundamentals, diagnostic procedures, component diagnosis, repair and reconditioning procedures for cylinder head and valve train components and assemblies, engine short block components and assemblies as per manufacturers specifications.

WE3002 Welding III
Students continue to build on skills learned in Welding I and II.

Semester 4
BU4063 Introduction to Small Business
This course deals with the skills and knowledge required to set up a small, independent business. Topics include the entrepreneurial skills required to become self-employed, business registration, legal ownership, research and analysis, small business marketing, finance and business planning.

EL4006 Electrical and Electronics II
Students will learn about starting systems, charging systems, computerized management systems and electrical diagnosis as well as electronics fundamentals and the electronic devices and systems found on today’s heavy equipment.

HD4002 Fluid Power III
Students will review hydraulic principles and study hydraulic actuators, accumulators, schematics, circuit applications as well as hydraulic system diagnosis.

HD4004 Steering, Suspension and Brakes II
Students will study more advanced steering, braking, suspension and undercarriage systems used in the heavy equipment industry.

MP3004 HVAC
This course is designed to provide the student with practical experience in diagnosis and repair of heating and air conditioning systems

PT4006 Power Trains II
Students will learn about power-shift transmission systems, torque-converters, fluid couplings, hydraulic retarders as well as hydrostatic drive systems.

T093B Co-Op Option
Students complete 16 week co-op placement and are granted Level 3 of apprenticeship.

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