New York Motorcycle Mechanic Schools and Training Programs

Career Information for Motorcycle Mechanics in New York

Getting started as a motorcycle mechanic takes much more than a love of small engines and the thrill of the open road; it also requires a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree or certificate.

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Motorcycle Mechanic Schools in New York

New York motorcycle mechanic programs offer an excellent start for anyone who wants to join this high demand and exciting career. And with so many bikes with small engines on the road these days, learning this trade could be an extremely smart idea for anyone's future. Fortunately, there are several educational options available for hopeful motorcycle mechanics in New York, and they're spread throughout the state.

  • Capital Region Career & Technical School: Located in Albany, New York, Capital Region Career & Technical School offers an exciting program in small engine repair. Through the small engine repair program, students can learn all about the inner workings of small engines, including motorcycle engines, plus how to troubleshoot programs and fix them. As part of a broader educational program sponsored by the local Board of Cooperative Educational Services, they also offer an array of programs including cosmetology, healthcare, computer technology, culinary arts, carpentry, and electrical trades.
  • Canton State University of New York: As part of the SUNY college system, Canton State University of New York offers degrees in everything from architecture to nursing and web development. For future motorcycle mechanics in New York, however, it offers a powersports performance and repair certificate. During this program, which is located in Canton, New York, students learn about motorcycle engines, common repairs, and how to perform ongoing maintenance. Upon completion of the program, students will be adequately prepared for any career fixing and maintaining motorcycles and other powersports vehicles.
  • Wilson Tech: Wilson Tech is a small technical school located in Huntington Station, New York. For motorcycle enthusiasts, they offer a marine and sports technology program that gives students insights into the way small engines in both boats and motorcycles work. Students who sign up learn all about servicing, rebuilding, and maintaining small engines in a hands-on environment.

While earning a degree at New York motorcycle mechanic programs isn't always a requirement for employment, it can help you get your foot in the door. With all the knowledge you gain, you'll have a leg up over other aspiring mechanics competing for the same jobs.

New York Motorcycle Mechanic Programs

Since these programs are usually a student's first introduction to motorcycles and small engines, New York motorcycle mechanic programs have to start with the basics. Students will learn about each of the individual components that make up a small engine, then how each part works together to keep the engine functioning properly.

While some small engine programs focus mostly on motorcycles, others branch out to include other vehicles that include small engines such as boats, golf carts, and utility vehicles. Students who participate in this program specifically, however, will take an array of courses that prepare them for the challenge. Popular courses offered include in New York motorcycle mechanic programs include:

  • Small Engine Maintenance and Repair
  • Exhaust and Engine Systems
  • General Service Station Duties
  • Facility Maintenance Basics
  • Basic Engine Theory
  • Parts Removal and Installation
  • Safety Awareness

Students who thrive in motorcycle repair programs tend to have a natural curiosity about engines and the way they work. Excellent customer service skills are also a must, along with interpersonal skills, general mobility, and hand-eye coordination. It also may be necessary for aspiring motorcycle mechanics to own some of their own tools and supplies to complete their degree program. These tools can include goggles, hard-soled shoes built for safety, and coveralls to protect their clothing from oil and spills.

Other Education Requirements for Motorcycle Mechanics in New York

While there are no specific degree requirements for motorcycle mechanics in New York, there are certifications that can lead to better job prospects and higher pay. For example, the BLS notes that many motorcycle manufacturers offer certifications that let mechanics display their mastery of their products. In that respect, certification from the Equipment & Engine Training Council is the industry-recognized standard.

Beyond certification, motorcycle mechanics in New York must also have license to drive a motorcycle in the state. Further, some continuing education may be required for mechanics to stay up-to-date on the various changes within their industry.


  1. Automotive Services, Small Engine Repair, Capital Region Career & Technical School, http://www.capitalregionboces.org/CareerTech/Programs/autosvcssmen.cfm
  2. Marine & Motorsports Technology, Wilson Tech, http://www.wilsontech.org/high-school-students/marine-motor-sports-technology/
  3. Powersports Performance and Repair Certificate, Canton State University of New York, http://www.canton.edu/csoet/powersports/
  4. Small Engine Mechanics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015-16 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/small-engine-mechanics.htm#tab-1

Schools for Motorcycle Mechanics in New York are listed below.

Selected Motorcycle Mechanic Schools in New York

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More New York Motorcycle Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
CUNY Bronx Community College Bronx Associate 9,003
Columbia-Greene Community College Hudson Associate 1,823
Corning Community College Corning Associate 5,072
Erie Community College Buffalo Associate 13,053
Fulton-Montgomery Community College Johnstown Associate 2,235
Hudson Valley Community College Troy Associate 12,296
Monroe Community College Rochester Associate 17,482
Morrisville State College Morrisville Bachelor 3,388
Onondaga Community College Syracuse Associate 10,637
Rockland Community College Suffern Associate 6,653
SUNY College of Technology at Alfred Alfred Bachelor 3,184
SUNY College of Technology at Canton Canton Bachelor 2,737
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Delhi Bachelor 2,767
SUNY Westchester Community College Valhalla Associate 12,073
Suffolk County Community College Selden Associate 22,092

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Motorcycle Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for New York. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Motorcycle Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Motorcycle Mechanics relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary

New York

Albany 0 $40680 0
Schenectady 0 $40680 0
Troy 0 $40680 0
Glens Falls 70 $37800 11.79
Buffalo 0 $33270 0
Cheektowaga 0 $33270 0
Niagara Falls 0 $33270 0
Syracuse 0 $29440 0
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