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Ever thought about becoming a motorcycle mechanic?
Motorcycle mechanics (also called motorcycle technicians) specialize in the upkeep, maintenance and repair of two, four and even three-wheeled vehicles like dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, scooters and more. The parts they work on include engines, chassis
and suspension systems, transmissions and electrical systems. They also perform vehicle maintenance.
If you want to learn more about what a career as a motorcycle mechanic entails, you’ve come to the right place. Here are answers to five commonly asked questions about the industry:
If you’re wondering how to become a motorcycle mechanic, know that there are programs specifically designed to prepare you for a career in the field.1
For example, in the Motorcycle Technician Specialist training program offered by Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI), students
learn the foundations of motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides, snowmobiles and personal watercraft. They learn to troubleshoot and diagnose engines, test performance and drivability, and receive specialized training on leading brands in the industry.
Students start their training with the Motorcycle Technician Prerequisite (MTP) program, which combines classroom preparation and hands-on experience.18 This prerequisite covers the key components of motorcycle
technology and serves as a foundation for professional development. From here, students can customize their training by choosing one or more of the following manufacturer-specific courses:
After completing the 48-week program, which includes Harley-Davidson Late Model training or two 12-week courses featuring imports, students may choose to advance their motorcycle mechanic education by completing additional training programs. These include
Harley-Davidson Early Model, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle® and Performance and Drivability. Graduates also can re-enroll to take their education even further by completing additional manufacturer-specific training.
To become a motorcycle mechanic, you will most likely need a high school diploma or GED certificate in addition to completing a specialized training program.
While this is not always required, completing a program like MMI’s Motorcycle Technician Specialist training program can help give you an advantage when applying for jobs. MMI’s industry
relationships ensure you’ll receive hands-on training using industry tools and technology. Additionally, attending MMI can give you opportunities to connect with leading manufacturers and employers looking to hire the next generation of technicians.
Some qualities of a great motorcycle mechanic include:
The length of your motorcycle training depends on the school you attend. At Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, you can train to become a motorcycle mechanic in less than a year (48 weeks).7
Your first 18 weeks are spent learning the foundational knowledge of motorcycle technology in a strong core program that combines classroom preparation and hands-on experience. You then take 30 weeks of manufacturer-specific training that aligns with
future career goals.
The cost of completing your motorcycle training at MMI depends on a variety of factors. Some students are able to use grants and scholarships to pay for school, while others take out loans to be repaid.10
At Universal Technical Institute, we understand that every student’s financial situation is unique. Our Financial Aid office can help you explore your options, fill out the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) and more.
If you’re considering a career in this field, you may be wondering, “How much do motorcycle mechanics make?” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual
salary for motorcycle technicians was $38,170 in May 2021.30 This means half of motorcycle technicians earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience,
employer, demand and cost of living in the area.
Want to learn more about training for a career at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute? Check out our Motorcycle Technician Specialist training program page and request more information today.
If you're interested in learning how you can register for the Motorcycle Technology program Just click the link below or call (800) 834-7308 to speak with one of our friendly Admissions Representatives.
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1) MMI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
10) Financial aid, scholarships and grants are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
18) UTI now offers all of its automotive, diesel, motorcycle and marine technician training in a blended learning format consisting of online lecture courses along with in-person, hands-on lab training.
30) MMI’s Motorcycle Technician Training program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as motorcycle technicians. Estimated annual salary shown above is for Motorcycle Mechanics as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for MMI graduates. MMI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. MMI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some MMI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a motorcycle technician, such as service writer, equipment maintenance, and parts associate. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary for persons employed as Motorcycle Mechanic (49-3052) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $30,660 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled motorcycle technicians in North Carolina is $20.11 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages, Motorcycle Mechanics). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $14.40 and $12.67, respectively.
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