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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 training allowance. 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.
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