Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

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
  • Drive train systems
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Power train control systems
  • And more

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

Special focus will be placed on basic automotive repair, along with electrical systems and electronic components throughout the program while performing service and or diagnostic repairs according to manufactures procedures.

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
  • Educational partnership with ConsuLab
  • Upon successful completion of our program, your diploma equates to the three levels of theory required towards your apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification.

Optional Paid Co-op

Our program features an optional, paid co-op directly related to your program of study. During this work-integrated learning experience, you’ll apply your skills and knowledge in an actual work environment, giving you industry training that you can showcase to potential employers when you graduate.

You will be required to complete work preparation sessions prior to the work term to help you develop an industry-specific resume and effective interviewing skills. Cambrian’s Career Centre will support you through this process and will also help you to source and apply for placement opportunities.

International students: Study permits prohibit international students from participating in optional co-ops. However, if you are an international student and are interested in work-integrated learning opportunities, visit Cambrian’s Career Centre to discuss available options with a career advisor. Opportunities may include volunteer positions or part-time or full-time jobs during academic breaks and/or during the academic year.

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


  • Automotive-related courses

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Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

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

Winter Term Start

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

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

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
APP 1101 Trades Practice & Applications I 1 6
SID 1205 Computer Methods - Trades 2
SSB 1151 Steering/Suspension/Brakes I 1 6
DTS 1141 Drive Train Systems I 1 5
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
ELC 1217 Electrical & Electronics I 1 6
MOT 1000 Gas Engines I 1 5
FLS 1000 Basic Fuel System & Fuel Manag 1 7
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
APP 1000 Repairer s Rights and Responsibilities 1 2
ELC 2303 Electrical Systems & Electronics 1 8
ENG 1780 Applied Communication II 2
MOT 1002 Gas Engines II 1 3
PWT 2305 Power Train Controls II 1 4
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
DTS 2401 Drive Train System II 1 5
EFI 2401 Electronic Fuel Injection Systems 1 5
PRS 1430 Personal Relations Skill & Attitude 1 2
SSB 1411 Steering/Suspension/ABS Brakes 1 4
ACS 1000 Air Conditioning Systems 4RS 4
One General Education course. 2 3
 Total Credits88

 Course with Lab Component


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


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, tool rental, PPE and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,500. We now have a tool rental program to help reduce costs. Students wishing to purchase their own tools should budget for 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 are prepared for employment opportunities 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.