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How to Choose a Motorcycle Maintenance School or Program

Students can learn about motorcycle maintenance through certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs in motorcycle maintenance or small engine technology. Postsecondary education is not typically required but is preferred by some employers.

Certificate and diploma programs in motorcycle maintenance offer short, concentrated curricula that deal with various elements of motorcycle systems. Associate's degree programs typically include motorcycle repair courses along with general education courses, and some programs specialize in the maintenance of small engine technology, such as marine craft, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles.

Motorcycle Maintenance Schools

These institutions offer motorcycle maintenance programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Central Carolina Community College Sanford, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma In-state $2,412; Out-of-state $8,556
Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA 2-year, Public Diploma In-state $2,840; Out-of-state $4,976
Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville, IA 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's In-state $5,686; Out-of-state $6,028
Austin Community College Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $2,550; In-state $9,210; Out-of-state $11,340
Fort Scott Community College Fort Scott, KS 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,820; In-state $2,910; Out-of-state $4,590
Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN 2-year, Public Certificate $5,159
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,880; Out-of-state $9,218
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $2,424; In-state $3,816; Out-of-state $5,016

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are a number of important considerations for choosing a motorcycle maintenance program:

  • The curriculum for aspiring motorcycle maintenance technicians interested in self-employment or repair shop ownership should provide business and management education tracks.
  • Students should look for schools with up-to-date motorcycle repair facilities, either on-campus or through local internship opportunities.
  • Students with broad mechanical interests or those looking to prepare for a wider variety of careers in vehicle and equipment repair might consider pursuing a degree program in small engine technology.
  • Some schools offer training or assistance with interview and resume preparation for graduates seeking employment.

Certificate in Motorcycle Maintenance

Certificate programs in motorcycle maintenance can be completed in 2-3 semesters. Coursework commonly covers various motorcycle systems, such as fuel, brake, ignition, electrical and exhaust systems.

Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance

Diploma programs in motorcycle maintenance can be completed in two years or less, based on extensiveness and variety of coursework. Courses cover the maintenance and repair of various motorcycle systems. Other topics of study might include customer relations, business and management.

Associate Degree in Small Engine Technology

Associate degree programs in small engine technology offer courses in motorcycle maintenance alongside courses in other small vehicle repair including watercraft and lawnmowers. General education courses are typically included, and students may have the opportunity to specialize in an area of interest and engage in an internship.

A number of public colleges offer certificate and diploma programs in motorcycle maintenance as well as associate's degree programs in motorcycle maintenance or small engine technology. These programs can offer students hands-on training in repair facilities and job placement assistance in addition to business and management training for prospective entrepreneurs.


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