Love the sound of a finely-tuned engine? Picture yourself in an exciting career as a Motorcycle Mechanic! As a Motorcycle Mechanic, you will repair and maintain many different brands and models of street, off-road and dual sport bikes. This popular program can help you gain the required experience to land your first job.
You’ll receive training in motorcycle charging, starting and ignition systems, four-stroke tuning and top end diagnosis, inspection and reconditioning procedures, transmissions, crankshaft repair and more. You’ll also be able to recognize and interpret parts, plus learn how to ship and receive parts and control inventory.
We take a hands-on approach to learning. With instructor approval, you can even bring in your own motorcycle for use in shop class! The work is demanding but very rewarding. Expanding your horizons will ensure year round employment.
The skills and experience you gain in this program will prepare and certify you for entry-level employment. It will also provide pre-apprenticeship opportunities for those who may be interested in pursuing apprenticeship. As a successful graduate, you will have the opportunity to write the first and second-year Alberta Apprenticeship Board Motorcycle Mechanic Apprenticeship exams.
Although a high school diploma is not required as a prerequisite for entrance into this program, students should be aware that some employers may require a high school diploma as a prerequisite for employment.
- English 10-1, English 10-2 or equivalent
- Math 10-C, Math 10-3 or equivalent
Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted to the program but they will be required to pass the AIT Trades Entrance Exam during the first semester if choosing to pursue an apprenticeship.
Due to the popularity of the program, applicants seeking admission as a mature student will be admitted on a merit basis. Preference will be granted to those with previous mechanical experience, involvement in activities related to this field, and who have references in regard to achievements and potential in this industry. A letter outlining your research into this industry may be helpful. An interview to confirm your suitability for this program may be required.
Special materials required
At school, you will have tools available on a loan basis. Materials and supplies required are:
- Safety approved footwear
- Cotton coveralls or shop smock (acquired on campus)
- Welding gloves and welding beanie
- Safety glasses (mandatory)
- Clipboard and basic calculator
- Miscellaneous shop supplies (acquired on campus)
- Metal project (acquired on campus)
- Parts for personal shop projects
First Year (26 credits)
Fall (16 weeks)
Winter (12 weeks)
Students must complete all required courses with a grade point average of no less than 2.00 and no failing (F) grades.
Students who have successfully completed the program and also completed an acceptable Alberta Apprenticeship Prior Learning Assessment Application may have the opportunity to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) first and second year motorcycle mechanic exams.
To register for technical apprenticeship training you must be indentured as an apprentice and eligible for training. Typically, students would be employed full-time with a company and have signed a contract of apprenticeship with them and have that contract registered by AIT.
Apprenticeship information can be accessed by visiting http://tradesecrets.alberta.ca.