About Our Students
Motorcycle & Marine Technician
Previously called Power Sports & Marine Technician Program
- All four levels of the Inboard/Outboard Apprenticeship
- All four levels of the Motorcycle Mechanic Apprenticeship
Click on the program title above or in the upper left menu bar for more information on each of these programs. Contact us to take a tour of the Motorcycle & Marine Technician shop and meet our instructor.
The Industry Training Authority and Vancouver Island University are currently working on some changes to the Motorcycle and Marine Technician Foundation program that will see the program better align with industry demands. These changes will be in effect for the October 2016 intake and will be updated on the VIU Program and Course Calendar once they are finalized. If you have any questions regarding the changes, please contact the program chair.
Motorcycle & Marine Technician
This 9-month Foundation program is suited to individuals with all levels of mechanical experience and prepares students for careers as inboard/outboard marine technicians or motorcycle/outdoor power equipment technicians. Upon successful completion, students receive a VIU Motorcycle & Marine Technician Certificate. Graduates also receive Industry Training Authority Level I Apprentice certification in both Motorcycle Mechanic (Motorcycle and Power Equipment Technician) and Inboard/Outboard Mechanic. The program encompasses theory, practical knowledge, and techniques essential to maintain and repair modern inboard/outboard marine, motorcycle, and other power equipment. Hands-on training with customer products is emphasized. Students are required to spend approximately one month on introductory basic mechanical skills prior to servicing customers' products.
Instruction consists of classroom lectures, labs and field training. There is also a two-week practicum with shops in and around Nanaimo.
Full-time program - 4 days per week
The 9-month program covers the following topics:
- Shop Safety & Tools and Equipment
- Engine Mechanical Systems
- Electrical and Ignition Systems
- Fuel Systems
- Drive Systems
- Service and Maintenance Systems
- Personal Management Skills
- Marine & Motorcycle Technician Math
- Business Operations
- The Emerging Workplace
- Employment Strategies and Work Experience
- Steel-toed boots
- Safety glasses
- Tools and coveralls provided by VIU
See Program Costs for details regarding current fees.
(All fees are subject to change without prior notice.)
See Admission Requirements for details.
Upon successful completion, students receive a VIU Motorcycle & Marine Technician Certificate. Graduates also receive Industry Training Authority Level I Apprentice certification in both Motorcycle Mechanic (Motorcycle and Power Equipment Technician) and Inboard/Outboard Mechanic.
Graduates of this program may receive credit towards the technical portion of the first year of apprenticeship training. In order to complete the apprenticeship and become a journey person, graduates would find an employer in the industry to provide on-the-job training, and return to a participating training institution for 4 weeks per year in each of the next three years. See our Apprenticeship page for more information.
Graduates of this program may find work as apprentice inboard/outboard marine technicians or motorcycle/outdoor power equipment technicians. Job opportunities exist throughout BC. Graduates have found employment in small engine, motorcycle and marine shops and fishing lodges as apprentices, mechanics, technicians, shop supervisors, parts persons or manufacturing technical representatives.
To become a student in the Motorcycle and Marine Technician Program, apply to VIU.