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New motorcycle facility races toward fall opening

Printer-friendly version Posted Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 09:15

To provide a new facility that enables students to learn about motorcycle and power sports diagnosis and repair, Alfred State has construction crews in high gear to meet a fall deadline.

“Right now students are signing-up to join the first class of our motorcycle and power sports technology program, which is a first-of-its-kind degree in the entire northeast,” stated Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State. “These students will be moving into a brand new building, specifically built for the needed hands-on laboratories. Students will work on all kinds of full-size functioning vehicles from motorcycles to jet skis.”

The Associate in Occupational Studies degree will train graduates for careers such as a motorcycle technician, marine vehicle technician, small engine/lawn and garden equipment technician, service manager, and repair shop supervisor. Some graduates may also choose to be their own boss and own a maintenance and repair shop.

Training includes all aspects of motorcycle and small vehicle repair, working with gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, electrical/electronic systems, brake systems, steering systems, and suspension systems.

The new motorcycle and power sports facility is being built in Alfred between the college farm and motorsports technology labs, along Route 244. Several years earlier the site was dubbed ‘Pioneer Landing’ and construction was to include both the college president’s residence, and a space to host special events. After his inauguration in 2014, President Sullivan decided that the college should seek another purpose for the location. College leaders considered construction of a new student residence hall before determining that a facility for academic programs would be best.

“I believe making use of this location for our new motorcycle and power sports technology lab is a great way to facilitate another in-demand program which helps interested students and employers seeking these graduates,” said Sullivan. “It’s a tremendous new facility, and I can’t wait to see it filled with students, bikes, and other power sports equipment.”

rendering of the motorcycle and power sports technology facility
Rendering of the motorcycle and power sports technology facility