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Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology

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AOS Degree - Code #2590

Eric Wilmot, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
Email address: wilmotej@alfredstate.edu

Motorcycle and power sports technology is a two-year AOS degree program that prepares students for careers as motorcycle / power sports / small engine technicians. This program incorporates a progressively challenging format and hands-on laboratories using full-size functioning vehicles. Training will include all aspects of motorcycle and small vehicle repair, including the diagnosis and repair of gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, electrical/electronic systems, brake systems, steering systems, and suspension systems.

Advantages

  • Provides a simulated real-world practice environment that will prepare the student for immediate entry-level employment as a technician after graduation.
  • The diverse tools and equipment provided for hands-on practice will prepare the student for a variety of employment opportunities.
  • Instructors are well trained, with many years of field experience.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Prepare a focused, coherent, and organized written report.
  • Perform mathematic calculations required for entry-level employment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to retain and apply written instructions and specifications relevant to their work environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand operation and diagnostic procedures of modern vehicle electrical and electronic systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation of, diagnose, and repair drive train systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation of, diagnose, and repair modern engines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation of, diagnose, and repair steering, brakes, and suspension systems.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program. Graduates who have credit for freshman composition, statistics, literature, history, and speech may complete the BBA program in two additional years; others may complete the BBA program in two-and-one-half years.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Motorcycle technician
  • Marine vehicle technician
  • Small engine/lawn and garden equipment technician
  • Service manager
  • Shop foreman

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 75 percent ā€“ 75 percent are employed.

 

Employment Statistics

New York State:

SOC Code Title Employment Annual Wages
Mean
Annual Wages
Median
Annual Wages
Entry
Annual Wages
Experienced
49-3502 Motorcycle Mechanic 740 $37,560 $35,470 $27,110 $42,830
49-3503 Outdoor Power Equipment
and Other Small Engine Mechanics
1,260 $38,130 $37,260 $25,150 $44,620

Related Programs

Required Tools/Equipment

A list of required tools, equipment, PPE, etc. for all of the programs mentioned above can be found at http://www.alfredstate.edu/admissions/accepted-students/required-tools-supplies.

A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering this degree program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.  

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards

Applicants in the motorcycle and power sports technology program must meet the following physical requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with a person 6 to 10 feet away.
  • Must be able to visually decipher small images on a monitor or digital display.
  • Must be able to distinguish sounds associated with mechanical failures.
  • Must be able to comprehend written information found in service repair manuals.
  • Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services.  This office may be contacted by email at DisabilityServices@alfredstate.edu or by phone at 607-587-4506.  Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Certification Or Licensure

The New York State vehicle inspector exam is offered on campus.

Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology - AOS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

MOTO 1003 Intro to Shop Service Basics 3
MOTO 1005 Basic Electrical Systems 5
MOTO 1015 Welding & Fabrication 5
MOTO 1025 Brake Systems 5
      18

Second

MOTO 2005 Starting & Charging Systems 5
MOTO 2013 Inspection & Preventative Mntn 3
MOTO 2015 Suspension & Steering Systems 5
MOTO 2035 Fuel & Ignition Systems 5
      18

Third

MOTO 3010 Adv Engines & Transmissions 10
MOTO 3023 Final Drive Systems 3
MOTO 3045 Adv Fuel and Exhaust Systems 5
       
      18

Fourth

MOTO 4015 Advanced Electrical 5
MOTO 4055 Adv Chassis and Suspension 5
MOTO 4005 Advanced Drivability 5
MOTO 4043 Advanced Applications 3
      18

Graduation Requirements

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a ā€œCā€ average.