Motorcycle Technician Training Prides Itself On Practical Lessons
It is often said that the best way to learn something is to do it yourself. This philosophy is exemplified by
Centennial College’s motorcycle technician training, which sees students obtain their education
through a combination of in-school lessons and on-the-job experiences.
If you like motorcycles, enjoy working with your hands and computerized equipment, and have the
stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time, the Motorcycle Technician field may be for you. In
addition to these qualities, those who apply for Centennial College’s motorcycle technician training
(officially known as Motorcycle Technician Level 1) are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario
Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. They must also be employed as an apprentice. However,
it is not possible to apply directly to the college or ontariocolleges.ca for admission to this apprenticeship
program. For general information about apprenticeship registration, please contact the Ministry of
Training, Colleges and Universities. Roy King, an instructor in the motorcycle technician training at
Centennial College, explains, “It is a restricted trade in the sense that in order to work on the products,
you have to be licensed or be a registered apprentice. You’ll go through roughly three years for an
apprenticeship, and within that apprenticeship, on the job, you’ll then be scheduled in by the Ministry of
Colleges and Universities into one of our two sessions — a level one and level two session — of the in-
school portion of your apprenticeship.”
Through the Motorcycle Technician training, students total three training periods of 1,800 hours with their
employer and two eight-week college sessions. This format works to the students’ benefit, as they are
able to learn new skills, apply them and then learn more advanced skills.
In an eight-week session, covered topics include: engines, power train, electrical systems, fuel systems
and more. In addition, motorcycle technician training students learn to use computer diagnostic
equipment to assess operating malfunctions on small engine vehicles. All of this is possible as the program
is facilitated from Ashtonbee Campus, which is the province’s largest transportation training centre and
comes fully equipped with tools and actual motorcycles on which students practice. While they are training
on campus, students may qualify for income support through Employment Insurance Canada benefits or
On the flip side, when students of the Motorcycle Technician training gain their on-the-job experience,
they get to deal with a variety of customers, network and apply their new skills to repairing motorcycle
brakes and clutches, transmissions, engines and other operating systems as well as explaining diagnostic
test results to customers while giving them cost estimates for repairs. While students are working with
their employer, they are compensated for their work.
Those who complete motorcycle technician training, can rest assured that the number of motorcycles
being purchased is on the rise and is creating job growth for technicians and mechanics. More
than100,000 motorcycles are registered in Ontario and numbers have climbed for the past several years.
Also, growing in popularity are off-road bikes.