What Our Students Learn
- Tool identification and usage to perform specific tasks or functions
- Mechanical and electrical theory
- Observing and testing vehicle equipment to detect potential problems
- Replacement of worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts and basic maintenance
- Shop management, design, and best business practices
- Employment opportunity in this field is 4 times higher than the national average of a job
- Entry level salaries start at $26,000 and up
- Median salary is $41,000
- 10% of workers earn $64,000 or more
- Students spend 50% of their time learning concepts in a classroom, and 50% of their time in the shop with hands-on practical work
- Students gain experience in a simulated shop environment with industry grade equipment
- Enrollment options are available for both high school students and post-secondary students
- 2 years of classes
Tom Laing has been teaching for over 20 years, and had spent over 14 years in the industry before that. Over his time in the industry, Tom gained experience in all aspects of American and Metric Motorcycle dealership operations with the majority of his experience invested as a line mechanic and service manager. Tom is active in the Skills-USA Student Organization ad was recognized as the Advisor of the Year by his peers in 2017, and his students have placed in the top 10 every year at the National Level from 2001-2016.
Manufacturer-certified technician for several American and Metric Power Sports Brands including: Arctic Cat, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson, Honda, and Yamaha.
Accredited Certificate Courses (48 credits)
All credits earned at Pickens technical college are recognized by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), and are eligible for transfer to other colleges within the state of Colorado.
Designed as an orientation to the sport vehicle repair industry. Students receive an overview of job possibilities as well as learn various types of sport vehicle construction. Focuses on general sport vehicle repair and service shop safety procedures with an emphasis on personal and environmental safety issues. Students also learn the proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. Names, uses, and maintenance procedures for a variety of tools and equipment are addressed.
Designed to introduce students to the major “chassis” components of motorcycles. This class will provide training in the basic servicing of motorcycle frames, suspension, tire, wheel, and brake systems. Diagnostic procedure, routine maintenance, minor repair, adjustment, and special tools will be studied.
Introduces automotive electricity and includes basic electrical theory, circuit designs, and wiring methods. Focuses on multi-meter usage and wiring diagrams.
Introduction to Basic Four-Stroke engine theory, operation, and repair.
Designed to expose students to the thought process required to correctly diagnose Sport Vehicle Electrical Systems as well as provide hands-on training to allow for learning of proper repair techniques.
Designed to introduce students to Drive components used on modern Sport Vehicles, including Transmission Assemblies, clutch components, Chain and Belt Drive Systems.
Designed to introduce students to the world of business development and ownership as related to the Sport Vehicle Industry.
Covers material designed for career and technical or general studies students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics may include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, graphs, and/or finance. These are presented on an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications.
Covers material designed for career technical or general studies students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics may include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, graphs, and/or finance. These are presented on an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications.
Provides students with a vehicle to pursue in-depth exploration of special topics of interest.
Offers students the development of skills that are needed to search for a job.
Designed to build on previous learning and focus student skills as related to the major chassis components of motorcycles. This class will provide advanced training in the servicing and repair of motorcycle frames, suspension, tire, wheel, and brake systems. Diagnostic procedures, routine maintenance, major repair, adjustment, and special tools will be studied. Hands-on lab activity and actual line work will be the focus of this advanced curriculum.
Advanced repair and troubleshooting of Sport Vehicle Electrical systems with an emphasis on ignition and charging system diagnosis and repair techniques.
Focuses on lecture and related laboratory experiences in the diagnosis and necessary corrective actions of Sport Vehicle two and four stroke engine performance factors. Additionally, repair and renewal procedures, for Sport Vehicles are thoroughly explored.
Provides necessary training in general shop operations, including: documentation for basic business requirements, basic accounting techniques, shop insurance requirements, safety regulations, and customer relations. Provides necessary training in sport vehicle repair operation/shop format study including training in general vehicle diagnosis, repair, follow-up inspection, and performance analysis of Sport Vehicles.
Focuses on students working at an approved job site related to the Sport Vehicle industry. The student will complete tasks and meet practical objectives as assigned by the employer and agreed upon by the student and instructor. An on-the-job learning experience at an approved Sport Vehicle-related business.
Designed to allow the student to focus on a topic of study as agreed upon between the student and the instructor. Course study will be tailored to each student’s specific needs.