May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Pre-Employment Motorcycle Mechanic

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus)

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Turn your love of motorcycles and mechanics into a career.

Our 12-week Pre-employment Motorcycle Mechanic program will provide foundational training in the assembly, maintenance, repair and restoration of motorcycles and multi-wheeled lightweight all-terrain vehicles.

A combination of theory and hands-on learning in a shop environment, your classes will explore:

  • lubrication and cooling systems
  • electrical and ignition systems
  • carburetion
  • fuel systems
  • adjustments of moving parts
  • safety protocols.

Designed with input from industry, this program is for those interested in becoming an apprentice but do not yet have any knowledge or training in the field. 

You’ll graduate with the technical knowledge and skills to become a motorcycle mechanic apprentice and repair, service and maintain motorcycles and other similarly powered vehicles.

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Motorcycle mechanics tend to be objective, methodical and innovative.

You need:

  • an aptitude for mechanics
  • strength and stamina
  • good people skills
  • a willingness to work long hours during busy seasons
  • the ability to safely lift heavy objects
  • attention to detail
  • hand-eye coordination
  • to be reliable
  • to take pride in your work.

You should enjoy doing work with precision and problem-solving. 

Academic path

This program aligns with the first period of Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training’s (AIT) Motorcycle Mechanic curriculum.

Graduates are eligible to register as apprentices and challenge the first-period exam.

Once you pass the exam and complete the necessary training hours with an employer, you may register for SAIT’s Motorcycle Mechanic apprenticeship program beginning in period two.


After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a Pre-employment Motorcycle Mechanic Certificate.

Program length

12 weeks

Accepts international applicants - not-PGWP eligible

This program is open to international applicants; however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program

Not eligible for CAJG

This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades (72020)
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (72410)
  • Auto body collision, refinishing and glass technicians and damage repair estimators (72411)
  • Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics (72423)
  • Automotive and heavy truck and equipment parts installers and servicers (74203)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • at least 50% English Arts 20-1 or English Arts 20-2, and
  • at least 50% Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or 60% in Math 20-3, and
  • at least 50% in one Grade 11 Science.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Pre-Employment Motorcycle certificate requires 13.5 credits (seven courses) to complete.

Required courses

You must take all of the following courses to complete this program.


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $625.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available approximately two weeks before classes begin. Your learning resources will cost approximately $115.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

You’ll require:

  • Steel-toed boots
  • Coveralls
  • Safety glasses.

These will cost between $250 and $500 total. You’ll be able to use this PPE once you graduate and begin work.

Transportation program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School of Transportation.

Phone: 403.284.8471

Program outcomes

This program will prepare students to challenge the first period Trade Qualification Exam for motorcycle mechanics. Once they have passed their exam, they will be prepared to enter into the apprenticeship stream of any motorcycle mechanic program in Alberta through AIT. See the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Motorcycle Mechanic Curriculum Guide for further information on all four periods of motorcycle mechanic training. The Pre-employment Motorcycle Mechanic Program consists of the following learning outcomes:

  • Apply legislation, regulations, and practices ensuring safe work.
  • Use industry standard practices for climbing, lifting, rigging, and hoisting.
  • Apply industry standard practices for hazardous materials and fire protection.
  • Work effectively in motorcycle service.
  • Use common motorcycle shop equipment effectively.
  • Perform thread repair procedures on a variety of materials.
  • Demonstrate the use of common hand tools.
  • Use specialized equipment for cleaning, measuring, testing and service work.
  • Perform the metal cutting and heating operations.
  • Perform meter tests to diagnose and repair electrical problems.
  • Perform battery maintenance and testing.
  • Use wiring diagrams to identify electrical problems.
  • Repair electrical wires and connectors.
  • Apply operating and design principles of four stroke engine operation.
  • Apply operating and design principles to two stroke engine operation.
  • Service motorcycle fuel systems,air filters and air box.
  • Perform compression,leak-down, and crankcase sealing tests.
  • Perform an engine tune-up.
  • Perform manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance.
  • Perform wheel and tire maintenance.
  • Repair and maintain brake systems.
  • Handle crated motorcycles.
  • Perform assembly, pre-delivery inspections and related tasks.
  • Prepare motorcycles for storage.

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