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.