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Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology

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AOS Degree - Code #2590

Kent Johnson, Program Coordinator
Email address: johnsokw@alfredstate.edu

Motorcycle and power sports technology is a two-year AOS degree program that prepares students for a career 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, diagnose, and repair drive train systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose, and repair modern engines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, 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

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

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.

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

Third

MOTO 3003 Diesel Engines 3
MOTO 3005 Two & Four Stroke Engines 5
MOTO 3015 Transmissions 5
MOTO 3035 Drive Systems 5
      18

Fourth

MOTO 4023 Exhaust & Induction Systems 3
MOTO 4005 Advanced Drivability 5
MOTO 4015 Advanced Electrical 5
MOTO 4025 Advanced Applications 5
      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.