Students of the Marine Technician and Motorcycle Mechanic program repairing an engine

Motorcycle Mechanic and Marine Technician

  • Program Length 
    9 Months
  • Credential 
  • Options 
  • Location Offered 

If you like to solve problems, enjoy a mechanical challenge, and see yourself working with small engines, the Motorcyle and Marine Technician program at VIU is for you.

Skilled workers are in demand in B.C. and across Canada for jobs in marine, motorcycle, and small engine repair and service.

As a student in this 9-month program, you will work in small classes with expert instructors to learn what you need to be a success in this highly skilled industry. After a month in the program, you’ll be applying your new skills to servicing customers’ products, and you will also benefit from a two-week practicum to gain valuable workplace experience.

If you’re looking for a small engine repair course -- Vancouver Island University’s program will get you on the road to success.

The Motorcycle Mechanic and Marine Technician Certificate Program

This program is currently under review, and we expect that significant changes will be incorporated beginning September, 2022. Further details will be posted on the program website as they become available.

This certificate 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 credit from the Industry Training Authority for Level 1 Apprentice Technical Training for 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.

Note: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada may assist students in this program; contact your local Employment Centre regarding eligibility for sponsorship.

Motorcycle & Marine Technician

MMTP 110T - (Shop Fundamentals)

MMTP 115T - (Engine Fundamentals)

MMTP 116T - (Electrical Fundamentals)

MMTP 135T - (Fuel System Fundamentals)

MMTP 140T - (Drive System Fundamentals)

MMTP 145T - (Service Component Systems)

MMTP 170T - (Welding)

Essential Skills for the Workplace

ESFP 100T - (Personal Management Skills)

ESFP 105T - (Marine and Motorcycle Technician Math)

ESFP 110T - (Business Operations)

ESFP 115T - (The Emerging Workplace)

ESFP 120T - (Employment Strategies and Work Experience)

All program courses must be successfully completed before certificates will be issued.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

* See a VIU Advisor for information on equivalencies.

Notes on Admission

  • Good health and not allergic to solvents and lubricants.
  • An interview may be required.

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 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. For more information on apprenticeship training, please visit the ITA BC website, contact the Industry Training Centre at 1-866-660-6011, or call Tanya Reiber at Vancouver Island University toll-free at 1-888-920-2221, Ext. 6112.

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.



Tuition (9 months x $470.40 per month)


Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)


Student Services fee (4.42% of tuition)


VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $20.90 per month)


Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)


Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)





The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Next Intake(s)

September 2023

Accepting International Applications
Application Fee
Testing Required
Admissions Assistant

Name: Miranda MacCallum
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2584

Chair Contact

Name: Dean Cadieux
Phone: 250-740-6148

Further information on this program can be found on the Department website.

Previous versions of this program can be found in the Program Archive.