Motorcycle Mechanics
SOC: 49-3052.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
17,000 employed

Projected (2024):
18,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • All Terrain Vehicle Technician (ATV Technician)
  • Custom Bike Builder
  • Dirt Bike Mechanic
  • Frame Repairer
  • Frame Straightener
  • Master Motorcycle Technician
  • Motor Bike Mechanic
  • Motor Scooter Mechanic
  • Motor Vehicle Technician
  • Motorcycle Fabricator
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic Apprentice
  • Motorcycle Repairer
  • Motorcycle Service Technician
  • Motorcycle Subassembly Repairer
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Motorsports Technician
  • Scooter Mechanic
  • Service Technician
  • Shop Foreman
  • Vehicle Mechanic


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reassemble and test subassembly units.
  • Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, or generators.
  • Remove cylinder heads and grind valves to scrape off carbon and replace defective valves, pistons, cylinders, or rings, using hand and power tools.
  • Repair or replace other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline or oil tanks, starters, or mufflers.
  • Disassemble subassembly units and examine condition, movement, or alignment of parts, visually or using gauges.
  • Mount, balance, change, or check condition or pressure of tires.
  • Reassemble frames and reinstall engines after repairs.
  • Hammer out dents and bends in frames and weld tears and breaks.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Air lifts
  • Angled air chucks
  • Arbor presses
  • Automatic cylinder hones
  • Automatic part cleaners
  • Battery cable wrenches
  • Brake cylinder hones
  • Bubble balancers
  • Bushing pullers
  • Cable lubers
  • Carburetor diagnostic tools
  • Carburetor synchronizers
  • Chain breakers
  • Clamp meters
  • Clutch holders
  • Clutch hub spanners
  • Clutch pullers
  • Crankcase splitters
  • Crate lifts
  • Cycle docks
  • Decibel meters
  • Digital multimeters
  • Dirt bike lifts stands
  • Drag link sockets
  • Dynamometers
  • Electrical diagnostic tools
  • Electronic torque wrenches
  • Engine degree wheels
  • Engine exhaust analyzers
  • Equipment dollies
  • Flow benches
  • Flywheel pullers
  • Fork cap removers
  • Fork seal drivers
  • Front end stands
  • Head surfacing machines
  • Hex bits
  • Hydraulic vehicle lifts
  • Impact drivers
  • Large slotted bits
  • Lift-arm jacks
  • Lock ring tools
  • Magnetic bit holders
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Motorcycle chain breakers
  • Motorcycle compression gauges
  • Motorcycle cylinder bores
  • Motorcycle valve refacers
  • Neck bearing adjusters
  • Nylon brushes
  • O-ring pullers
  • Oil extractors
  • Oil fillers
  • Oil filter wrenches
  • Oil level gauges
  • Oil seal pullers
  • Peak voltage testers
  • Phillips bits
  • Ratchet sets
  • Ratcheting wrenches
  • Riveters
  • Rocket arm reamers
  • Safety wire pliers
  • Seal removers
  • Shock absorber wrenches
  • Sliding T-handles
  • Small slotted bits
  • Snap-ring pliers
  • Socket adapters
  • Socket drivers
  • Socket extensions
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Spark plug gap testers
  • Spark plug sockets
  • Spoke wrenches
  • Sportbike lifting arms
  • Spray washers
  • Spring hook tool sets
  • Steering race presses
  • Swingarm stands
  • Timing cover plug wrenches
  • Timing test lights
  • Tire balancers
  • Tire changers
  • Tire spreaders
  • Torx bits
  • Tread depth gauges
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welders
  • Twisting pliers
  • Ultrasonic parts cleaners
  • Valve spring compressors
  • Valve stem inserters
  • Wheel balancers
  • Wire crimp pliers
  • AbbottSoft QuickFix
  • DealerTrax ShopOrder
  • Inventory tracking software
  • LightSpeed Cloud
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Santa Maria Software Counterman Pro
  • TRACKUM Repair Manager


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990