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Motive Power Technician – Truck & Coach

TCTNSchool of Skilled Trades

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Arthur Pringle

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6240
International Admissions
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Program Overview

Keep our roads safe and our critical supply chain moving. 

You’ll love your job, learn something new every day, and develop skills that will last a lifetime as a truck and coach technician. Our experienced professors are passionate about their trade. Our program follows the Ontario College of Trades apprenticeship training standard and features an optional, paid co-op where you’ll apply your skills in an actual work environment. 
First, you’ll learn the fundamentals of electrical systems, hydraulic systems, and brake systems for heavy equipment, as well as diesel engines and power trains. Then you’ll focus on the particular challenges of being a truck and coach technician. You’ll tackle new technology and earn the skills that our industry partners are looking for. Hands-on training in the lab prepares you to service trucks, buses, trailers, and related equipment while taking personal pride in your work. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Capped enrolment 
  • Diploma equates to 3 levels of required theory towards your apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification 
  • Optional paid co-op to gain industry training 
  • Opportunity for select students to participate in the Ontario Skills Competition 
  • Complete a second diploma in Heavy Equipment Technician in just 1 year 


Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ELC 1120Electrical & Electronics I 14
HDM 1161Trade Practices & Applications I 15
HDM 1170Diesel Engines 14
MTH 1010Trade Math I3
HDM 1221Hydraulics4
Semester 2
HDM 1230Fuel Systems 14
HDM 1162Trade Practices II4
SSB 1100Suspen/Steer/Brake Sys I Pneumatics 14
PWT 1210Power Train Systems 14
ENG 1002College Communications3
One General Education course. 23
Semester 3
ENG 1780Applied Communication II2
TCT 1000Fuel Systems II 17
TCT 1001Steering Suspension and Brakes 17
TCT 1002Drive Train Systems 16
One General Education course. 23
Semester 4
TCT 1003Trade Practices 16
TCT 1004Electrical/Electronics 17
TCT 1005Engine Systems 17
One General Education course. 23
 Total Credits90

 Course with Lab Component


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$4,114.95Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,726.98Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

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Whether it’s fear, financial reasons, or something else that is impacting your decision to start school, we’re here to listen to you and help in any way we can!

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Skilled Trades

Cambrian was originally founded as a trade school, a field where we excel. We collaborate with industry partners to give qualified learners the opportunity to start working upon graduation by teaching in-demand skills. From the longest-running powerline program in the province to our motive power technician programs and much more, Cambrian provides the tools for satisfying careers in skilled trades.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates may find employment as apprentices in the industry or may find employment in related truck and coach component overhaul and maintenance shops.

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Need a career coach?

Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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