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Motorcycle and Power Products Repair

Get the skills you need for a career to maintain and repair motorcycles, ATVs and gas-powered products.

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If you like working on engines, we give you hands-on experience in the maintenance and repair of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, marine equipment and outdoor power products.

In this program, you learn to use general and specialized hand and shop tools, equipment and hardware. You get the skills to diagnose, service and repair engines, systems and components. You also learn how to carry out business and shop practices to industry standard.

Work experience

  • Work placement is a mandatory credit course, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
    • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • This program has been designed with industry input and balances theory with practical experience.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

Other info

  • If you're chemically sensitive, it's important to note that chemicals (petroleum products) and cleaning solutions are commonly used.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official criminal record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

2023-24 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2023

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


Tuition amounts are for the 2022-23 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. 2023-24 tuition will be announced in the late Spring.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates work in large and small power product repair facilities. They're involved in motorcycle and recreational vehicle service and retail power equipment sales and service
  • Learn more about labour market information. Visit Career Options

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

MPPR 1001 - Hand and Shop Tools
This course will explore the proper use measuring instruments, hand and power tools, shop equipment, fasteners and hardware used in the Motorcycle and Power Products Repair trade. The course will cover the maintenance of the above mentioned equipment.

MPPR 1003 - Electrical Systems
This course covers the basics for direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) as well as the operation and testing of ignition, starting, charging, lighting and vehicle accessory systems. Learners will be given the opportunity to use electrical testing equipment and diagnostic tools in troubleshooting procedures.

MPPR 1006 - Brakes, Suspension, and Propulsion Drive Systems
This course will give the learner the opportunity to gain knowledge and the necessary skills to diagnose, service and repair brake, steering, suspension and drive systems. Topics covered will include hydraulic and manual brakes; drum and disc type brakes; wire (spoke), cast and stamped wheels; wheel bearings, swing arms, swing arm bushings and bearings. The various types of drive systems including chain, belt, track, shaft and differentials.

MPPR 1007 - Fundamentals for the Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Engine
In this course the learner will be introduced to engine theory and systems identification. The course will cover two and four-stroke engine theory, engine systems and components used in motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, watercraft, snowmobile and power products.

MPPR 1008 - Engine Overhaul
Learners will be given the opportunity to diagnose, service and repair internal combustion engines used in motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, watercraft, snowmobile and power products. Emphasis will be placed on proper safety precautions and personal protective equipment.

MPPR 1009 - Transmission and Clutches
Learners will be introduced to the theory of operation of transmissions and clutches and be given the opportunity to diagnose, service and repair associated systems and components.

MPPR 1010 - Fuel and Emissions Systems
Learners will be introduced to types of fuel and emission systems. The course will cover fuel system components, carbureted and fuel injected systems, and four-stroke and two-stroke emission system and components.

MPPR 1015 - Business and Workplace Procedures
This course provides awareness of how a Motorcycle and Power Products repair business operates and the critical procedures that support operation. This course includes professionalism, customer service, department procedures, time management, supply management and equipment identification and inventory control.

MPPR 1100 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

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