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Motive Power Fundamentals - Heavy Equipment and Truck Repair (5085)

1 Year - 2 Semesters      Ontario College Certificate

Program Overview

The Motive Power Fundamentals - Heavy Equipment and Truck Repair program is designed to prepare you for an entry level position in Truck and Coach and Heavy Equipment repair trades. As a student, you will learn how to identify basic heavy equipment and truck system problems by applying fundamental knowledge of motor vehicle component and system operation. As well, you will learn how to identify, inspect and test basic heavy equipment and truck engine components and systems, electrical, electronic and emission components and systems, drive train components and systems, and suspension, steering and motive power brake components and systems in compliance with manufacturers` recommendations. You will learn how to disassemble and assemble components to the required specifications by applying workshop skills and knowledge of basic shop practices. You will use a variety of test equipment to assess basic heavy equipment and truck electrical, electronic circuits, vehicle systems and subsystems, and apply basic knowledge of heavy equipment and truck hydraulics and pneumatics to the testing and inspection of basic motive power systems and subsystems.

As a successful student, you will be able to communicate information effectively, credibly, and accurately, use information technology and computer skills to access data concerning repair procedures and manufacturers` updates, prepare logs, records and documentation to appropriate standards, apply business practices and communication skills to improve customer service, and 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.

Students may have the opportunity to be involved in applied research projects. Please see the Applied Research Centre section for more information relating to the Sault College Applied Research Centre.


If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and currently unemployed, you may qualify for second career funding for this program! To learn more about your options and how to get started, contact us at

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