How to Become a Harley Davidson Motorcycle Service Technician
If you love Harley Davidson motorcycles and enjoy working with your hands, you can earn a good living as a motorcycle service technician. There are several trade schools across the U.S. that specialize in motorcycle service and repair. Programs take between 12 and 18 months to complete and classes can be attended at the institutes or through correspondence and online.
One of the most recognized motorcycle service technician programs is offered at WyoTech. Students are taught to diagnose, service and repair modern motorcycles, and given the option to choose the motorcycle manufacturer of their choice. Wyotech offers motorcycle service and repair classes in Daytona Beach, Florida and Fremont, California.
At the Baran Institute of Technology, you'll receive hands-on training with various brands of motorcycles. As a student, you'll get up close and personal with the intricacies of motorcycle service and repair. From the engine to the exhaust system, and clutches to electrical systems, this 75.5 quarter credit hour program is designed to prepare you to enter the world of motorcycle service and repair. Class size is limited to 20 students and the program can be completed within one year.
Motorcycle Mechanics Institute offers a unique program to Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. MMI's Motorcycle Technician program addresses the basics of motorcycle repair and service on a full range of motorcycles. Students learn in a classroom environment and through hands-on training. After completion of the prerequisite training, students choose 12 weeks or more of elective course training.
Harley Davidson course electives include:
- Harley Davidson Early Model Technology - focuses on repair and restoration of motorcycles dating back to 1936.
- Harley Davidson Late Model Technology - Training to become an entry level Harley-Davidson motorcycle technician.
- Screamin' Eagle - Focuses on the Screamin' Eagle performance motorcycle.
- V-Rod Motorcyle - Focuses on the award-winning VRSCA (V-Rod) motorcycle.
- Buell - Focuses on design, technology and engineering of Buell motorcycles.
Motorcycle Mechanics Institute offers the only certificate course in the nation that's officially sponsored by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Classes are offered in Orlando, Florida.
Penn Foster Career School offers distance learning classes, which are conducted online and through print publications. Students have access to instructors and a toll-free instructional support hotline. If necessary, Penn Foster can help potential students earn their GED. Motorcycle technician training can be completed in nine months and financial assistance is available.
Professional Career Development Institute is a nationally accredited correspondence school founded in 1987. PCDI does not require any educational prerequisites to get started as a motorcycle service and repair technician. Students learn about each part, each system and how the entire motorcycle works. Courses can be completed in a matter of months. Upon completion of training, graduates receive a nationally accredited diploma.
With the ever-rising cost of gasoline, motorcycles are quickly becoming a favorite mode of transportation. Over the course of the next decade, more and more people will be riding motorcycles so the need for service technicians will increase. Additionally, there is an ever-growing need for motorcycle mechanics in the field of motorcycle racing.
Regardless of your choice of learning institution, becoming a certified motorcycle repair and service technician can provide you with an exciting and rewarding career.
Wyotech - www.wyotech.com
Baran Institute - www.baraninstitute.com
Motorcycle Mechanics Institute - www.uticorp.com
Penn Foster Career School - www.pennfoster.edu
Professional Career Development Institute - www.pcdi.com