Motorcycle Technology Degree Programs in CA with Course Summaries

Research motorcycle technology programs in California, which currently has five schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the programs and get some quick facts for two California schools to decide which program is right for you.

California Motorcycle Technology Programs

Several 2-year schools in California provide training in motorcycle repair and maintenance technology. Learn about the curricula and hands-on training experiences available at two of these schools. Find out how these programs can help graduates prepare for entry-level positions or provide advanced training opportunities for those already working in the field. The table at this article's conclusion provides additional school data.

  • Sacramento City College, located in Sacramento, offers a certificate and an associate's degree in motorcycle maintenance.
  • City College of San Francisco, in San Francisco, offers a motorcycle technician certificate and an associate's degree for aspiring technicians.

Sacramento City College

Sacramento City College provides technical and career training to more than 23,000 undergraduate students. Students in the motorcycle technology certificate and degree programs can take advantage of the college's technology building in addition to the campus' laboratory facilities.

Certificate in Motorcycle Maintenance

This degree program begins with an introductory course in motorcycles, motorcycle design and maintenance theory. Core courses discuss fuel, lubrication and cooling, electrical systems, engine theory and engine overhaul. Students are encouraged to learn the operating theories behind engines, transmissions and exhaust systems in addition to repair techniques. In the motorcycle dyno operation and data acquisition course students learn how to use a dynamometer to measure a motorcycle's acceleration, torque or shifting. These measurements are used to determine the proper trouble-shooting or maintenance procedures.

The certificate program is for students who wish to receive training without completing the additional courses in the humanities and natural sciences required for the associate degree. Students who complete the core courses receive a certificate of completion and are prepared for entry-level positions at motorcycle repair shops or dealerships.

Associate of Science in Motorcycle Maintenance

Core course requirements for this program are identical to those of the certificate program. However, students can take an elective course in new motorcycle inspection, assembly, service and detail which prepares students for employment at dealerships. Students may also pursue independent study and experimental offerings in motorcycle maintenance. Additional general education requirements in the liberal arts and sciences are required. It is also recommended that students take electives in chemistry and physics.

City College of San Francisco

The City College of San Francisco's Evans Campus is home to the School of Applied Science and Technology. The school's automotive technology department offers a certificate program and an Associate of Science degree for students interested in careers as motorcycle technicians.

Motorcycle Technician Certificate

All students begin with a course in motorcycle design and maintenance. This course discusses the history of motorcycles and their basic design principles. Topical courses discuss the functions of a motorcycle's transmission, fuel, cooling, electrical, frame and brake components. In motorcycle engine overhaul, students learn how to diagnose and repair modern engines. After completing this course students are able to perform a complete tear-down and rebuild of various engine styles. Completion of this program prepares graduates to diagnose, rebuild or repair all other operating systems and components.

Associate of Science - Motorcycle Technician

The associate degree differs from the certificate program only in that students are required to take additional general education courses in the liberal arts and mathematics. The same nine courses required for the certificate make up the associate degree's 34 credit hours of technical training. An additional 24 hours of general education curriculum round out this two-year degree program.

Comparison of Schools

At first glance, the programs described above may seem quite similar. Check out the table below to compare school information pertaining to enrollment, tuition and graduation rates.

Sacramento City College City College of San Francisco
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013) 23,509* 26,706*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $1,104 (in-state)*
$7,200 (out-of-state)*
$1,274 (in-state)*
$6,748 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013) 76%* 56%*
Acceptance Rate (2013) 100% (open admissions)* 100% (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2013) 69%* 68%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013) 25%* 31%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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