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Motorcycle Mechanic Training Frequently Asked Questions

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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:

How do I become a motorcycle mechanic?

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.

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 a core program that combines classroom preparation and hands-on experience. 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 42-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.

What are motorcycle mechanic qualifications?

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.1 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:

  • Passion: A career as a motorcycle mechanic is truly for enthusiasts. Successful technicians have a passion for the industry, which is reflected in the quality of their work.
  • Dexterity: Mechanics need to be skillful with their hands so they can install and align even the smallest of parts. Misalignments can lead to performance problems, and it’s the job of a mechanic to ensure every part is working together in harmony.
  • Technical & product knowledge: Motorcycle mechanics possess in-depth knowledge of their craft and the bikes they work on. They can make recommendations to customers related to repair procedures and products.
  • Communication skills: Mechanics often discuss needed repairs with their customers, which requires great communication skills. They must also be available to address customer questions and concerns.

How long is motorcycle mechanic school?

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 (42 weeks).

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 24 weeks of manufacturer-specific training that aligns with future career goals.

How much does MMI cost for motorcycle training?

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 school10 while others take out loans to be repaid. Additionally, some graduates get tuition reimbursement and incentives from employers to help pay for their schooling.14

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.

How much do motorcycle mechanics make and what is the career outlook?

If you’re considering a career in this field, you may be wondering, “How much do motorcycle mechanics make?” The average motorcycle mechanic salary is depends on several factors, including education, skill level, work experience and location. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for motorcycle technicians was $36,790 in May 2018.30

When it comes to career outlook, overall employment of motorcycle mechanics is projected to grow 9.2 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 13

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