Hot Rod and Custom Motorcycle Fabrication Schools

Dec 05, 2019

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 (2018-2019)*
Universal Technical Institute Orlando, FL 2-year, Private for-profit Certificate Not available
Utah Valley University Orem, UT 4-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's, Bachelor's In-state $5,726; Out-of-state $16,296
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 Not available
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,696; Out-of-state $10,372
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,520; In-state $4,104; Out-of-state $5,520
WyoTech Blairsville, PA 2-year, Private for-profit Certificate, Associate's Not available
American River College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,104; Out-of-state $8,712
North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's In-state $5,132; Out-of-state $12,402

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.

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