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Accelerate Your Career with Motorcycle Repair Training

PCDI Canada's online motorcycle repair training consists of easy-to-follow lessons and visual demonstrations. Study from home, at your pace. Graduate fast so that you can begin your new career.

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Careers for Mechanics and Technicians  

An overview of potential career paths and professional development available for students who formally develop their mechanical and technical skills. Includes a summary of math and science concepts important to mechanics as well as applications of modern technologies in the mechanics workplace. The lesson concludes with an overview of general workplace safety practices and applications of personal protection equipment.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Engine Design and Operation  

This lesson introduces students to the components and operation of both two-stroke and four-stroke motorcycle engines. Lesson coverage also includes analysis of popular engine configurations and the detailed explanation of critical engine systems such as the lubrication and cooling, ignition, intake, fuel and exhaust systems.

Lesson 4: Motorcycle Drive and Chassis Systems  

Students will investigate common clutch and transmission types and their operation, as well as chain, belt, and shaft final-drive systems. Coverage also includes suspension systems, drum and disc brake assemblies, and frame and steering systems. Standard inspection and maintenance procedures are reviewed for all major systems and components.

Lesson 5: Electrical Systems  

Lesson coverage provides a summary of basic electrical and electronics concepts and circuit theory that applies to common motorcycles. Instruction is also provided related to battery configurations and their related charging systems. Students will also learn about lighting systems as well as the maintenance and troubleshooting practices related to motorcycle electrical systems.

Lesson 6: General Maintenance and Troubleshooting  

Instruction in this lesson includes the basic procedures used to perform routine maintenance procedures that keep motorcycles performing to specification and that help prevent breakdowns before they occur. Students will also learn about vehicle cleaning, surface refinishing and techniques for vehicle adjustment to maximize user comfort and performance.

Lesson 7: Laying Out Your Motorcycle Workshop  

This lesson provides instruction about the different types of workshop layouts and the types of repair facility that may be appropriate for each layout. Students will learn to apply building-system concepts such as lighting, HVAC, and electrical service requirements as appropriate to various sizes and specialization of repair facilities.

Lesson 8: Basic Motorcycle Repair Tools  

Students will learn to identify the tools most commonly used in basic motorcycle repair and maintenance and how to apply each tool for the tasks required in standard repair procedures.

Lesson 9: Tools for Advanced Motorcycle Repair  

Lesson coverage of tool identification and application continues with instruction on diagnostic and repair equipment used for electrical/electronic troubleshooting and adjustment as well as precision measuring devices used for engine analysis and modification. Students will also learn about specialty tools used for chain repair and wheel alignment as well as tools and techniques for damaged threads and fasteners.

Lesson 10: Specialized Tools and Equipment  

Coverage in this lesson moves to more advanced shop practices and the tools required to safely and effectively complete them. Instruction is provided on lifting and welding equipment as well as pneumatic tools and the air-systems required to power them. This lesson also covers the set-up and use of painting facilities and also how computers are applied to the modern repair process.

Lesson 11: Electrical/Electronics Basics  

Provides expanded, more detailed coverage of electrical and electronics principals and their application to the troubleshooting and diagnostic process. Students will learn basic applications of Ohm's Law and the standard test methods and equipment used to troubleshoot battery-powered systems.

Lesson 12: Motorcycle Electrical High-Current Systems  

Students will apply knowledge of electrical fundamentals to the charging, starting and ignition systems found in many common motorcycle configurations.

Lesson 13: Motorcycle Ignition and Fuel Injection Systems  

This lesson develops students' diagnostic and troubleshooting skills through the application of electronics theory to the operation of electronic fuel-injection systems.

Lesson 14: Using Wiring Diagrams, Troubleshooting Electrical Systems and Accessories  

The program concludes by teaching students how to accurately read and interpret wiring diagrams and simple schematics to evaluate and repair the electrical and electronics systems found in common motorcycles.

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Program Description

The Motorcycle Mechanics program provides students with a basic understanding of motorcycle engine parts and operation as well as the components and structure of related vehicle systems such as drive, chassis, and electrical systems. Students learn about the tools, equipment, and safe-work practices necessary to become a successful repair technician. The program also provides focused instruction on motorcycle electrical and electronics systems, including electronic fuel injection.

Program Objectives

After completing the Motorcycle Mechanics program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic tools and materials used by trained mechanics to safely repair and maintain two-stroke and four-stroke motorcycles and ATVs.
  2. Describe the parts and operation of the components used in two-stroke and four-stroke internal combustion engines.
  3. Explain the composition and operation of the various systems required for the safe and efficient operation of motorcycles and ATVs, including drive trains, ignition, electrical, and lighting systems, as well as lubrication and cooling systems.
  4. Describe the parts and operation related to wheels, tires, frames, suspension, and brakes for both installation and minor maintenance and repair.
  5. List the steps required for a comprehensive evaluation and tune-up of two-stroke and four-stroke motorcycles and ATVs.

Enrolling in our motorcycle repair training is easy. Work toward your diploma today. Call 1-800-535-1613 or enroll online today.

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