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For small motor and engine enthusiasts, motorcycles aren't just a mode of transportation. In fact, motorcycles are a true passion and a lifestyle for many. From clothing to accessories, the popularity of motorcycles is big business. Of course, somebody needs to make sure that the bikes keep running smoothly. That's where motorcycle mechanics come in.

Demand for knowledgeable repair technicians continues to increase across all small engine and motorsport vehicle fields. In addition to motorcycles, mechanics are needed to repair other small engines often found on ATV and marine vehicles. Turning a love for small engines into a career typically means earning at least a high school diploma. Mechanics may then be required to receive some technical or vocational training. Florida motorcycle mechanic programs can help aspiring motorcycle mechanics gain the academic knowledge and hands-on training needed to succeed in their chosen career.

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Motorcycle Mechanic Schools in Florida

  • Motorcycle Mechanics Institute - Aspiring motorcycle mechanics in Florida don't have to travel far to find a top quality training facility. Centrally located in Orlando, the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) is within a few hour's drive from all corners of the state. MMI is part of the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) which has more than a dozen campuses located throughout the country. The Orlando campus opened its doors in 1991, and features 2 classrooms and 32 labs. The motorcycle program introduces students to motorcycle repair as well as repair of sport and dirt bikes. In addition to the motorcycle repair program at UTI in Orlando, students will also find related programs like auto and diesel repair and marine mechanics repair.
  • WyoTech Daytona - Located in Daytona, FL, WyoTech Daytona was originally known as the American Motorcycle Institute. The school was founded in 1972, beginning with just one classroom and shop. The motorcycle mechanic program offers five different concentrations: Harley-Davidson Models, Off-Road Power Models, European Models, Asian Models, and Applied Service Management. WyoTech's Daytona campus also offers programs for other small engine repair enthusiasts. Students may enroll in the Marine Specialist program where they will concentrate on repairing marine engines and vehicles.
  • Tom P. Haney Technical Center - The Marine Service Technology program through the Tom P. Haney Technical Center prepares Floridians for a career in small engine repair on marine vehicles. Located in Panama City, FL, the school operates under the control of the Bay County School Board. Haney Technical Center offers more than a dozen technical and licensure programs at the school. Some concentrations include aircraft mechanics, welding technology, and automotive service technology. Additionally, students will find a variety of basic adult education programs.

Motorcycle mechanics in Florida are not always required to earn a degree or certificate prior to employment. Some mechanics may be able to learn their trade while working on-the-job. That being said, many employers prefer job applicants to show proof of technical post-secondary training. Florida motorcycle mechanic programs can help students gain the knowledge and hands-on skills they need to impress future employers and embark on a successful career.

Florida Motorcycle Mechanic Programs

With several Florida motorcycle mechanic programs from which to choose, students should compare each program to ensure that the school's training suits their individual career goals. While some programs are geared specifically toward motorcycle repair, others may include instruction on marine vehicles or other small engines. Some schools offer general education in motorcycle repair, while others offer tracks designed to suit specific makes and models.

Because each school's training requirements are different, their curriculums also vary. Most schools typically offer courses designed to cover the following topics:

  • Motorcycle Theory
  • Service Department Operations
  • Performance Testing
  • Machining Operations
  • Electrical Design
  • Power Flow and Precision Measuring
  • Engine Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
  • Clutches, Transmissions, & Drives
  • Four-stroke Internal Combustion Engines
  • Two-stroke Internal Combustion Engines
  • Chassis & Suspension Systems
  • Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Safety Awareness

Exhibiting a thorough knowledge of motorcycles and small engine issues isn't always enough to be successful. The ingredients for success usually include both mechanical skill and an appreciation for great customer service. Thus, motorcycle mechanics in Florida should be both technically skilled and excellent interpersonal communicators.

Additional Requirements for Motorcycle Mechanics in Florida

While not legally required to obtain employment, motorcycle mechanics in Florida may be able to improve their prospects and increase their salary demands by completing postsecondary training. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services requires shops and self-employed mechanics to register their business every two years.

Sources:

  1. Marine Service Technologies, Tom P. Haney Technical Center, http://www.bayschools.com/htc/Programs/MarineServiceTechnologies.aspx
  2. Motor Vehicle Repair, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services/Consumer-Resources/Consumer-Protection/Motor-Vehicle-Repair
  3. Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Orlando, FL, Universal Technical Institute, http://www.uti.edu/campus-locations/orlando-fl-motorcycle
  4. Motorcycle Technology Program, WyoTech Daytona, http://www.wyotech.edu/program/motorcycle-technology
  5. 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
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More Florida Motorcycle Mechanic Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Fort Lauderdale
Bachelors
43,700
Lake Worth
Bachelors
30,520
Tampa
Associates
27,061
Jacksonville
Bachelors
24,078
Fort Pierce
Bachelors
18,244
Sanford
Bachelors
17,706
Cocoa
Bachelors
15,825
Gainesville
Bachelors
15,404
Daytona Beach
Bachelors
12,706
Ocala
Bachelors
7,375
Orlando
N/A
2,909
Coconut Creek
N/A
2,737
Avon Park
Bachelors
2,722
Orlando
N/A
2,489
Marianna
Bachelors
2,231
Hollywood
N/A
1,612
Miami Lakes
N/A
971
Davie
N/A
936
Tampa
N/A
924
Kissimmee
N/A
900
Sarasota
N/A
885
Tallahassee
N/A
877
Bradenton
N/A
829
Saint Petersburg
N/A
783
Clearwater
N/A
766
Fort Myers
N/A
736
Eustis
N/A
643
Winter Haven
N/A
642
Naples
N/A
619
Tampa
N/A
613
Miami
N/A
581
Milton
N/A
578
Miami
N/A
578
Pensacola
N/A
539
Saint Augustine
N/A
418
Panama City
N/A
413
Lakeland
N/A
407
Leisure City
N/A
345
West Palm Beach
Bachelors
345
Immokalee
N/A
324
Inverness
N/A
288
Tampa
N/A
257
Chipley
N/A
241
New Port Richey
N/A
212
Port Charlotte
N/A
194
Fort Walton Beach
N/A
182
Ormond Beach
Associates
176
Live Oak
N/A
164
Starke
N/A
163
DeFuniak Springs
N/A
157
Miami
N/A
84
Hialeah
N/A
67

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Motorcycle Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. 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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Orlando-Kissimmee-SanfordN/A $34,420
Panama City40 $35,420
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-BrentN/A $
Punta Gorda70 $32,680
TallahasseeN/A $
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater380 $40,580
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-DestinN/A $
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach80 $39,680
North Port-Sarasota-BradentonN/A $32,180
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach100 $27,920

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