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 one 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.
- City College of San Francisco, in San Francisco, offers a motorcycle technician certificate and an associate's degree for aspiring technicians.
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.
|City College of San Francisco|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||23,610*|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|| $1,598 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||55%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||100% (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2013 returning Fall 2014)||70%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2011)||27%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
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 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.