Students interested in careers in hot rod and custom motorcycle fabrication can find appropriate training programs at community and technical colleges. It's possible to complete a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree to prepare for this career field.
Schools for Hot Rod and Custom Motorcycle Fabrication
Hot rod and custom motorcycle fabrication programs are offered at the institutions listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Universal Technical Institute||Orlando, FL||2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate||$29,650|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, UT||4-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's, Bachelor's||In-state $5,386; Out-of-state $15,202|
|Hot Rod Institute||Rapid City, SD||Less than 2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate, Diploma||Not available|
|Ohio Technical College||Cleveland, OH||2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate, Associate's||$27,900|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $1,598; Out-of-state $7,554|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $2,424; In-state $3,816; Out-of-state $5,016|
|WyoTech||Blairsville, PA||2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate, Associate's||$24,321|
|American River College||Sacramento, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,104; Out-of-state $7,440|
|North Dakota State College of Science||Wahpeton, ND||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate's||In-state $4,571; Out-of-state $10,850|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites
School Selection Criteria
There are many things to consider when looking into motorcycle fabrication training programs:
- Choose schools that offer hands-on training with access to up-to-date equipment and facilities.
- Many schools offer career services for help with interview skills, resumes, and job placement.
- Some schools employ faculty who are industry professionals and can share real-world experience.
- Relevant programs are offered at both public and private institutions, and the tuition costs vary widely, which may be a factor when selecting a program.
Diplomas in Auto Body and Motorsports Technology
Aspiring auto technicians can earn a diploma in motorsports technology or auto body technology with a specialty in street rod fabrication. Programs can usually be completed in less than a year and allow students to focus on gaining the technical skills needed for immediate employment.
Associate's Degrees in Auto and Motorcycle Technology
Students can earn an undergraduate degree, such as an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Automotive Technology with an emphasis in motorcycle service or an A.S. in Automotive Collision Technology with courses in hot rod customization. Such 2-year programs include general education courses along with courses in various automotive systems.
Certificates in Custom Auto and Motorcycle Fabrication
Mechanics who have prior education or experience in automotive technology and want specialized training might consider a certificate program. Students can learn about welding, sheet metal fabrication, custom graphics and upholstery.
Programs in automobile technology and motorcycle fabrication can help students learn how to build and customize motorcycles. There are a range of programs that typically last from from less than a year to two years and result in a certificate, diploma, associate's degree or bachelor's degree.