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Motorcycle Repair - Overview


Motorcycle repair programs prepare people to repair and maintain small motorcycles and similar vehicles, such as scooters. Students learn to work on engines, ignition systems, and fuel systems. They also learn how to adjust moving parts and use hand tools.

Motorcycles are incredibly symbolic of the bond between man and machine. After all, those two wheels require the body to be incredibly balanced. But without the machine, the body could never go that fast. You're on the road, but there's nothing besides your helmet and your protective coat and pants to separate you from the air. Some feel it's the only way to truly experience the freedom of driving.

Motorcyclists are often passionate people who feel strongly both about their hobby and the motorcycle itself. When it breaks down, they don't trust just anybody to fix it

Motorcycle repair programs are a great way to become a trusted motorcycle technician. A few two-year technical schools offer certificate and associate programs in this field. Depending on how advanced you would like your skills to be, both are good choices, since many employers look for applicants who have formal training. Typically, you'll gain additional skills on the job.

Motorcycle repair programs usually begin with course work that introduces you to how motorcycles are designed, function, and maintained. After that, you study the individual systems that make up the "bike." You study tires, wheels, and brakes. You also study engines and how to tune them up and overhaul them. In addition, you study fuel, lubrication, and cooling. There are also courses in transmission and electrical systems. Motorcycles are increasingly complex, so your course work will reflect this. You'll also get plenty of hands-on training, where you work on actual motorcycles.

Typically, your studies will last between one and two years, depending on if you get a certificate or an associate's degree.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.
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