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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

After an introduction to basic work practices and training on the proper use of hand tools, pneumatic tools, and shop equipment, you will learn how to diagnose and perform quality repairs for the various sub-systems of vehicles, including:

  • Computer systems
  • Emissions systems
  • Braking systems
  • Fuel injection systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Manual and four-wheel drive transmissions
  • And more

Courses will be a 50/50 split between hands-on and classroom training.

Special focus will be placed on electrical and electronic components throughout the program while performing diagnostic repairs.

Program Highlights

  • 2 year – 4 semesters
  • Courses delivered 50% in the classroom and 50% in a shop environment
  • Hands-on training in our fully-functioning automotive shop where you’ll conduct service repairs on all sub-systems found on today's modern vehicles
  • As a graduate, you’ll have completed apprenticeship theory levels 1, 2, and 3
  • Educational partnership with ConsuLab

Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program Option

The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program combines a college diploma and apprenticeship training. The placement for this program is an optional co-op and is not required for you to graduate. You can choose to complete your postsecondary program and graduate with a certificate or diploma without participating in the co-op option. However, if you choose, and qualify, to participate in this optional Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program, you may become a registered apprentice sponsored by your co-op employer. Through your participation in this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in paid co-op placements while earning a college certificate or diploma. Your academic curriculum, which enables you to receive Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 Trade School completion from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development after each successful year of schooling, will be enhanced by the experiences from your co-op placements.

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Skills and Trades Training

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), (U), or (M)
  • any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)


  • Automotive-related courses

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

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.

Semester 1Credits
APP 1101Trades Practice Applications I 16
DTS 1141Drive Train Systems I 15
MTH 1205Computer Methods - Trades Software 12
SSB 1151Steering/Suspension/Brakes I 16
ENG 1002College Communications 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 2
ELC 1217Electrical Electronics I 16
FLS 1000Basic Fuel System Fuel Manag 17
MOT 1000Gas Engines I 15
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 3
APP 1000Repairer s Rights and Responsibilities 12
ELC 2303Electrical Systems Electronics 18
ENG 1780Applied Communication II 2
MOT 1002Gas Engines II 13
PWT 2305Power Train Controls II 14
The following General Education course:  3
Personal Finance 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 4
DTS 2401Drive Train System II 15
EFI 2401Electronic Fuel Injection Systems 15
ICE 1000Air Conditioning Systems 4RS 14
PRS 1430Personal Relations Skill Attitude 12
SSB 1411Steering/Suspension/ABS Brakes 14
One of the following General Education course:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 23
 Total Credits: 88


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 & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $3,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as:

  • General automotive service technicians

  • Specialty technicians (e.g., electrical/driveability, transmission)

  • Service advisors/consultants

  • Automotive parts/retail salespersons

  • Manufacturing/fabricating/custom work employees

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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