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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

  • Field experience is a mandatory credit course, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience courses 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.

September 2024

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Lunenburg Campus
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.

Admission requirements

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 2023-24 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

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 as mechanics 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. View 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.

INDR 1010 - Industry Readiness
A crucial component of trade practice is the ability to share information. Explaining work, applying trade skills and meeting industry standards involves communicating effectively. This course introduces these skills with a trade focus and will help prepare students to contribute to employment and in the classroom. Course work may tie directly to projects and assignments happening elsewhere in the program and in its shops.

INDR 1020 - Working Effectively in the Trades
Almost all trades professionals will need to work well with others. Students in this course will learn to be effective team members and adapt and analyze how they share information with others. A selection of activities relevant to the particular trade will be used to practice collecting, analyzing and using trade information. Course work may tie directly to projects and assignments happening elsewhere in the program and in its shops.

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 - Safety Basics – 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 - Safety Basics – Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces students to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the student 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 - Safety Basics – Respiratory Protection
This course introduces students to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion topics include identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. 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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