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Motorcycle and Marine Services

Motorcycle and marine engines are becoming more sophisticated and require technicians to have extensive technical training. Motorcycle and marine engines are a separate technology from automobile or diesel mechanics. The motorcycle service industry includes ATVs, dirt bikes and street bikes. The marine service industry relates to bass boats, pleasure boats, PWC (personal watercraft), and cruisers. While all have similar maintenance and repair requirements, all can develop unique problems that test the expertise of the technician.

As the pool of qualified technicians shrinks, the program is working with the motorcycle and marine industry to combat the shortage of qualified technicians and increase starting pay. Only full-time day classes are offered on the main campus.

Program Length: 

1 year

Cost: 

$5112

Job Placement %: 

95%

Average Earnings: 

$17.35/hr

About Program

Motorcycle and marine engines are becoming more sophisticated and require technicians to have extensive technical training. As the pool of qualified technicians shrinks, Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) a division of Chattanooga State is working with the motorcycle and marine industry to combat the shortage of qualified technicians. Today’s motorcycle and marine products include items that require general maintenance as well as major repair. Technicians must be skilled in many areas of expertise and find themselves facing new challenges on a daily basis.  

Classroom and shop learning experiences are focused on basic fundamentals and principles of operation. Students deal with live projects and determine the complaint of the owner, the cause of the complaint, and the correction required to repair the problem in a professional manner.

Job Expectations

Technicians may work in all types of conditions including cold, heat, various lighting conditions and confined or tight spaces. Hazards include muscle strains, possible eye injury, possible exposure to chemicals, possible injury from contacting rotating mechanical assemblies and hot surfaces. Appropriate safety equipment and extreme care must be used to prevent injury.

Expected Earnings

Earnings as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows: Mean hourly wages of Motorcycle Technicians were $16.32. The low 10% eared less than $10.07 and the top 10% earned more than $24.24. Mean hourly wages of Marine Technicians were $17.96. The low10% eared less than $10.88 and the top 10% earned more than $26.66.

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day class only
  • Enrollment is limited to 30 students in each class
Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
Semester Day Class Evening Class Days
Fall (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm Not Available Monday - Friday
Spring (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm Not Available Monday - Friday
Summer (390 hours) 7:45am – 2:45pm Not Available Monday - Friday

Tools

Students should contact the Motorcycle & Marine Program Instructors for a listing of tools, needed for first semester. An estimated price for all tools is around $1500.00. Tool list is subject to change please contact instructors before purchase.

Tool List
Quantity Description
1 * Roll Cabinet Minimum Size 26” wide * 16” to 18” Deep * 28 or Higher
  With Roller Bearing Drawers (You may also use a roll/service cart 30’’ wide * 17’’ to 24” deep 36” or higher, minimum 3 roller bearing drawers)
1 * Safety Glasses must be clear (no tint or mirror finish)
1 * Head Phones Hearing Protection 25 db minimum protection (no ear plugs)
1 Set of Shallow Sockets 6 point 3/16” thru 5/8” 1/4” Drive 11 Sockets
1 Set of Deep Sockets 12 point 3/16” thru 9/16” 1/4” Drive 10 Sockets
1 Set of Shallow Sockets 6 point 5mm thru 16mm 1/4” Drive 13 Sockets
1 Set of Deep Sockets 12 point 5mm thru 15mm 1/4” Drive 12 Sockets
1 Set Hex socket drivers 5/32 thru 3/8”
1 Set Hex socket drivers 6 mm thru 14mm
1 Ball Swivel 1/4” Drive
1 Spark Plug Socket 13/16”
1 Spark Plug Socket 5/8”
1 Spark Plug Socket 18mm
1 Socket organizers for the 11 items above
1 Ratchet 1/4” Drive
3 1/4” Drive Extension 1”, 3”, 6”
1 Ratchet, 3/8” Drive
3 Extension (3” 6” 10”) 3/8” Drive
1 Set Combination Wrenches Standard Length Standard Size 1/4” thru 7/8” 12pt 11 wrenches
1 Set Combination Wrenches Standard Length Metric Size 8mm thru 19mm 12pt 12 Wrenches
2 15 Slot Wrench Rack/organizer
3 Slotted Screwdrivers Small, Medium, Large
3 Phillips Screwdrivers #1, #2, #3
1 Diagonal Cutter 8”
1 Needle Nose Pliers 6”
1 12 oz. Ball Ping Hammer
1 16 oz. Soft Faced Dead Blow Hammer
1 Adjustable Arc Joint Pliers 9”
1 Adjustable Wrench 12”
1 Vise grips 10”
1 Wire Strippers / Crimper
1 12Volt Test Light
1 Heavy Duty Flashlight
1 Snap-On Digital Multi Meter number 504 recommended (this is the only meter that will be used in training)
1 Claw Pick-Up Tool
3 * Uniforms shirts minimum (you may purchase more)
1 * Pencil/ Pen and something to write on
1 * Calculator (basic can be found for under $10.00, you can use nicer one if desired)
1 * CDI test board (can be purchased from the bookstore or CDI Electronics)
1 * Flash drive (thumb drive) Minimum 4GB
1 * Headphones/ ear buds for sound when watching training materials on computers
1 * Roll Cabinet Minimum Size 26” wide * 16” to 18” Deep * 28 or Higher
1 With Roller Bearing Drawers (You may also use a roll/service cart 30’’ wide * 17’’ to 24” deep 36” or higher, minimum 3 roller bearing drawers)
1 * Safety Glasses must be clear (no tint or mirror finish)
1 * Head Phones Hearing Protection 25 db minimum protection (no ear plugs)
   
  Recommended Placement Hand Tool Set
  A graduating student will need this list of tools to help in industry success.
1 Set 3/8” Drive Sockets Standard Shallow 6 Point ½” thru 13/16” 6 Sockets
1 Set 3/8” Drive Sockets Standard Deep 6 Point ½” thru 13/16” 6 Sockets
1 Set 3/8” Drive Sockets Metric Shallow 6 Point 13mm thru 18mm 6 Sockets
1 Set 3/8” Drive Sockets Metric Deep 6 Point 13mm thru 18mm 6 Sockets
4 Socket Rails 3/8” Drive
1 Ball Swivel 3/8” Drive
1 Set ½” Drive Sockets Standard Shallow 6 Point 3/4” thru 1& 5/16” 10 Sockets
1 Set ½” Drive Sockets Standard Deep 6 Point 3/4” thru 1& 5/16” 10 Sockets
2 Socket Rails 1/2” Drive
1 Ratchet ½” Drive
3 Extension (3” 6” 10”) ½” Drive
1 Ball Swivel ½” Drive
1 Breaker Bar ½” Drive
1 Set Combination Wrenches Standard Length Standard Size 7/8” thru 1 & 3/16”
1 1/4” drive Inch Pound Torque Wrench Minimum Range 40 to 200 Inch Pound Ratcheting
1 3/8” drive Inch Pound Torque Wrench Minimum Range 200 to 1000 Inch Pound Ratcheting
1 1/2” drive Foot Pound Torque Wrench Minimum Range 50 to 250 Foot Pound Ratcheting
1 Wire Gap Gauge and Feeler Gauge
1 Compression Gauge (range minimum 0-250 PSI)
1 1magnetic pickup tool 16 oz lift minimum
  * Required

Cost

3 semesters – 1,290 clock hours
450 hours $1,192.00
450 hours $1,192.00
390 hours $1,192.00
Tools (estimate) $1,500.00 (avg.) Dependent on brand and quality
Books (estimate) $400.00

Books

Your text books will cost around $400.00

  • Understanding the Outboard Motor -Third Edition, Author: Eugene W. Stagner, ISBN 0-13-094318-5
  • Modern Motorcycle Technology, 2nd Edition Author: Edward Abdo, ISBN 10: 1111640645 or 3: 9781111640644

Curriculum

Fall Semester

  • Shop Safety
  • Hand Tools, Fasteners, and Micrometers
  • Trouble Shooting Basic
  • Communication, Literature and Work Orders
  • Yamaha Five Star (optional)
  • Internal Combustion Engines Principle
  • Four Stroke Engines
  • Two Stroke Engines
  • Fuels and Fuel System Operation
  • Carburetor Fuel Systems
  • Fuel Injected Systems
  • Cooling Systems Theory
  • Midsections and Exhaust Systems

Spring Semester

  • Shop Safety
  • Hand Tools, Fasteners, and Micrometers
  • Trouble Shooting Basic
  • Communication, Literature and Work Orders
  • Yamaha Five Star (optional)
  • Electrical Systems Theory
  • Battery Systems Theory
  • Starter System Theory
  • Charging Systems Theory
  • Ignition Systems Theory
  • Fuel injection System
  • Trouble Shooting Advanced
  • Introduction to Motorcycle & Marine Service

Summer Semester

  • Shop Safety
  • Hand Tools, Fasteners, and Micrometers
  • Trouble Shooting Basic
  • Communication, Literature and Work Orders
  • Yamaha Five Star (optional)
  • Propeller, Wheel and Tire Selection
  • Drive Systems
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Frames and Hulls
  • Motorcycle & Marine Industry Standards

Career Opportunities

Service Technician- Motorcycle/Marine/Small engine/Power equipment/Lawn and garden equipment
Parts sales
Service manager
Shop foreman
Other fields that utilize internal combustion engines
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