Students who want training in motorcycle repair can earn an associate's degree, certificate or diploma from a community or technical college. There are also schools that offer continuing education courses in the field.
10 Motorcycle Repair Schools
These ten schools offer some level of training in motorcycle repair:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Program Offered||Tuition (In-state, 2015-2016)*|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$9,210|
|Pulaski Technical College||North Little Rock, AK||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,332|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,816|
|Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston-Salem, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's degree||$2,025|
|Ashworth College||Norcross, GA||4-year, Private||Diploma||$609-$739 (total)|
|El Paso Community College||El Paso, TX||2-year, Public||Continuing education course||$80 (total, 2017)|
|Western Iowa Tech Community College||Sioux City, IA||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate's degree||$4,104|
|Kansas City Kansas Community College||Kansas City, KS||2-year, Public||Continuing education course||$99 (total, 2017)|
|Georgia Piedmont Technical College||Clarkston, GA||2-year, Public||Diploma||$2,840|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's degree||$1,598|
*Sources: School websites, National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When considering different motorcycle repair training options, it can be helpful to keep the following considerations in mind:
- Two-year associate's degree and one-year certificate programs generally provide more in-depth training than continuing education courses that may last for only a single term. You should choose a program that fits your schedule and career goals.
- It can be helpful to find out about the hands-on training options a program provides, such as practice at an on-site garage or internships at local auto repair shops or manufacturer plants.
- If you choose a training program offered by a specific manufacturer, it may be easier to transition from schooling to that company's plant or dealership.
- If you want to pursue a more general automotive services career, you should look for programs that also provide training in marina and power equipment services, which can give you a broad range of knowledge in the field of automotive service and make you more employable.
Associate's Degree Programs
In associate's degree programs that cover motorcycle repair, students learn about the theoretical concepts underpinning motorcycle technologies, and they gain hands-on experience with repairing and maintaining motorcycles. Some programs include motorcycle studies within broader programs in related fields, such as power sports technology. Students must also fulfill general education requirements. In total, these programs take two years to complete, and they often confer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
Certificate / Diploma Programs
Certificate and diploma programs cover the same general topics as associate's degree programs, but they do not require students to complete general education courses. As a result, they can usually be completed in a single year. In addition to on-campus theoretical and practical courses, students may also gain experience in the field through an internship prior to graduation.
Continuing Education Courses
For individuals who are interested in motorcycle repair but don't plan to pursue a career in the field, community colleges offer standalone continuing education courses that cover the very basics of motorcycle repair. Students learn about shop safety, tool selection, and basic tune-ups. These classes usually run for one or two months.
Whether you're looking for a basic class in motorcycle repair, a certificate, a diploma or a full degree program, you can find a college that meets your educational needs.