Motorcycle Mechanics

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Also known as:
All Terrain Vehicle Technician, ATV Technician, Motor Scooter Mechanic, Motorcycle Mechanic, Motorcycle Repairer, Motorcycle Service Technician, Motorcycle Technician, Scooter Mechanic

ABOUT MOTORCYCLE MECHANIC CAREERS
Video transcript

For many people, motorcycles are not just machines; they are symbols of excitement and freedom. As aging baby boomers find themselves with increased leisure time and spending money, more and more are swelling the rank of motorcycle enthusiasts. That means more work for motorcycle mechanics.

You can get mechanical training in career school or on the job. Some manufacturers offer training to mechanics in their dealerships. If you learn this way, you'll probably specialize in a particular brand of motorcycle. Other mechanics are employed in general repair shops. They'll find themselves working on everything from a little moped, to a big touring bike.

Mechanics prevent problems by routinely inspecting, cleaning and adjusting various parts of the motorcycle. They also diagnose and repair problems. The work is very physical, with a lot of bending and lifting. You will get dirty, and repair shops can be noisy.

But despite it all, most motorcycle mechanics love the machines. When the workday is done, it's not unusual to see mechanics put away their tools and ride off on their own bikes.

SNAPSHOT
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
HIGH
Daily tasks

Reassemble frames and reinstall engines after repairs.

Remove cylinder heads and grind valves to scrape off carbon and replace defective valves, pistons, cylinders, or rings, using hand and power tools.

Disassemble subassembly units and examine condition, movement, or alignment of parts, visually or using gauges.

Reassemble and test subassembly units.

Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output, ignition timing, or other engine performance indicators.

Listen to engines, examine vehicle frames, or confer with customers to determine nature and extent of malfunction or damage.

Repair or replace other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline or oil tanks, starters, or mufflers.

Repair or adjust motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, or drive chains, according to specifications.

Replace defective parts, using hand tools, arbor presses, flexible power presses, or power tools.

Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, or generators.

Mount, balance, change, or check condition or pressure of tires.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
TOP SKILLS
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.