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Motorcycle Mechanic

Ongoing

Length: 4 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn to be an integral part of the movement of materials in a wide variety of industries including agriculture, forestry, health, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, transportation and retail industries. 

If you take pride in precise work, love motorcycling and like mechanical problem-solving, you will enjoy a career as a motorcycle mechanic.

As a motorcycle mechanic, your duties will include assembly, pre-delivery, inspection, maintenance, repair and restoration of motorcycles and other multi-wheeled lightweight all-terrain vehicles that have astride seating and handlebar controls.

When a customer brings in motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles for preventative maintenance or repair, your job will be to discuss complaints with customers or the service manager, diagnose problems and locate failures with the electrical system, engine, powertrain, suspension or frame by inspecting the vehicle, listening to it operate and using testing equipment, dismantle, adjust and repair or replace mechanical and electrical system parts and components, perform routine maintenance such as cleaning and adjusting the carburetor, adjusting the clutch, brakes and drive chain, and replacing worn parts, know how to rebuild or replace parts and operate equipment such as valve seat cutters, chassis dynamometers, tire changers and computers.

This is a compulsory trade – to work in this trade, you need to hold a recognized trade certificate or be a registered apprentice.

Is this the right fit for me?

To be successful in their trade, motorcycle mechanics must have:

  • mechanical aptitude
  • customer relations skills
  • interest and pride in their work
  • the strength, stamina, and ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • a willingness to work long hour
  • the ability and willingness to continuously upgrade their knowledge and skills.

Credentials

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

This s a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice.

Motorcycle mechanics are employed by motorcycle dealerships or repair shops or are self-employed.

After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to supervisory positions or take on new apprentices. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.

$28 - $38
Average hourly wage
4
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $972.92   
Year 2: $972.92  
Year 3: $758.94
Year 4: $758.94   


*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

  • Registration for apprenticeship intakes opens August 2020

Admission and completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Minimum requirements
Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Science 10

OR

A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

OR

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam


Recommended Path
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 20 and Chemistry 20 OR Science 20
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB

After you register

Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Courses

Apprentices in this trade will spend four years (four 12-month periods) of on-the-job training and technical training at SAIT.

Technical training will be eight weeks each year.

Find an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice
Apply as an apprentice with AIT and your employer 
Sign contract and receive record book
Written entrance examination or get approved for previous transcripts
Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1360 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass first-period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1360 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend second period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass second-period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete third period of on-the-job training (1420 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend third period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass third period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete fourth period of on-the-job training (1420 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend fourth period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass fourth period Trade Qualification Exam
Become a Journeyperson 
Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam

Technical Training Performance 

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees 2020/21 total
1 $784 $177 $71.72 $972.92
2 $784 $177 $71.92 $972.92
3 $588 $177 $53.94 $758.94
4 $588 $177 $53.94 $758.94

SAIT Fees

Lab and material fee: $67 
Student support fee:
 $25  
Student technology fee: $25

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for classes average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Wellness centre

Membership to the SAIT Wellness centre - including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and eight-room is available to apprentices at a discounted rate.

Financial planning tool

Our apprenticeship cost calculator can help you make a financial plan by identifying and adding up your expected expenses while attending SAIT — find out exactly how much money you need to save, seek or borrow to get you through your studies.

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Transportation
403.284.8471
transportation.info@sait.ca

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