All-terrain vehicles have risen in popularity over the years. Today, owners use ATV’s and the new UTV’s for pleasure and work around the home and in the field. Riders and clubs often join together with their machines for rides, hunters use them to get around their land, and homeowners use them to plow and farm the land they own. With the rise in popularity among owners, the demand for more certified ATV mechanics has grown at repair and sporting shops across the country.
For youngsters that have a knack for small engines and a passion for ATV’s, becoming an ATV technician may be the right career choice for them. Right now, the average salary for a certified technician is $32,480 per year, or around $15.60 per hour. But, to get hired at a repair shop or power sports retail shop, getting certified with either a diploma, certificate or Associate’s degree from an ATV mechanic school. These schools span across the United States and often offer students very reasonable tuition for the program. Following are some of the top schools in the country with ATV technician programs.
Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska offers a motorcycle, ATV and personal watercraft technology diploma that teaches students about all aspects of the technology in those vehicles. This provides students with a broad depth of knowledge when entering the workforce. This two-year program entails a wide variety of coursework and hands-on training. Estimated tuition for the program is between $8,628-$10,078.
Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa offers students looking for an ATV mechanic school an excellent option. This program caters to students seeking for a wide variety of classwork and hands-on classes that run the full spectrum of motorcycle and power-sports technology including small engines, electrical systems, fuel systems, wheels/tires, system diagnostics, engine tuning and more. The Associate’s program encompasses 71 total credits over two years, and the full tuition is around just over $8,000 for the program.
Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa offers students an Associate’s degree in Powersports and Power Equipment technology. The program focuses on a wide array of vehicles, ranging from ATV’s, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, motorcycles and lawn equipment. The Associate’s degree option is between 77-80 credits for the two-year program. The school also offers a diploma program of only 44 credits that can be finished in a shorter time frame. Students looking at the Associate’s program here can expect between $11,000-$12,000 tuition for the two years.
Out west, Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah offers students education in engine operations, electrical, drive train, suspensions, fuel injection and maintenance procedures in a motorcycle/outdoor power equipment certificate of completion program. This is a one-year certificate course for students looking for a quick program to be fully trained. The one-year tuition is around $3,600 for an in-state student and over $11,000 for an out-of-state student.