Motorcycle Mechanics

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About the Job

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.

It is also Called

  • Vehicle Mechanic
  • Shop Foreman
  • Service Technician
  • Scooter Mechanic
  • Motorsports Technician
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Motorcycle Subassembly Repairer
  • Motorcycle Service Technician
  • Motorcycle Repairer
  • Motorcycle Mechanic Apprentice
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What They Do

  • Hammer out dents and bends in frames and weld tears and breaks.
  • Reassemble and test subassembly units.
  • 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.
  • Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output, ignition timing, or other engine performance indicators.
  • Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, or generators.
  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $35,930 with most people making between $21,470 and $53,840

Outlook

0.93%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 970 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,060 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 9 openings due to growth and about 21 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.



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