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49-3052.00 - Motorcycle Mechanics

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

Sample of reported job titles: All Terrain Vehicle Technician (ATV Technician), Custom Bike Builder, Master Motorcycle Technician, Motorcycle Mechanic, Motorcycle Service Technician, Motorcycle Technician, Motorsports Technician, Scooter Mechanic, Service Technician, Shop Foreman

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Mount, balance, change, or check condition or pressure of tires. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Listen to engines, examine vehicle frames, or confer with customers to determine nature and extent of malfunction or damage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace defective parts, using hand tools, arbor presses, flexible power presses, or power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or adjust motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, or drive chains, according to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or replace other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline or oil tanks, starters, or mufflers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, or generators. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output, ignition timing, or other engine performance indicators. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble subassembly units and examine condition, movement, or alignment of parts, visually or using gauges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove cylinder heads and grind valves to scrape off carbon and replace defective valves, pistons, cylinders, or rings, using hand and power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Reassemble frames and reinstall engines after repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Reassemble and test subassembly units. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Hammer out dents and bends in frames and weld tears and breaks. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Angle measuring instrument — Engine degree wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automotive boring machine — Motorcycle cylinder bores See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Engine exhaust analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automotive honing machine — Automatic cylinder hones; Brake cylinder hones; Head surfacing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Carburetor balancer — Carburetor synchronizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chucks — Angled air chucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning brushes — Nylon brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression pressure gauge — Motorcycle compression gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crimping pliers — Wire crimp pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dollies — Equipment dollies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engine or vehicle stands — Front end stands; Swingarm stands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engine tune up tester — Carburetor diagnostic tools; Electrical diagnostic tools; Flow benches; Peak voltage testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease lubricator — Cable lubers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand reamer — Rocket arm reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Hex bits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hold down clamps — Clutch holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact screwdriver — Impact drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic tools — Magnetic bit holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual press brake — Arbor presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Chain breakers; Motorcycle chain breakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil changer — Oil fillers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil gauges — Oil level gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil pumps — Oil extractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Bushing pullers; Flywheel pullers; Seal removers; Spring hook tool sets (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets — Ratchet sets; Ratcheting wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Retaining ring pliers — Lock ring tools; Snap-ring pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Riveters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdriver bits — Large slotted bits; Phillips bits; Small slotted bits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket attachments and accessories — Sliding T-handles; Socket adapters; Socket extensions See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sockets — Drag link sockets; Socket drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Decibel meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spanner wrenches — Clutch hub spanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spark plug gap gauge — Spark plug gap testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spark plug wrench — Spark plug sockets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Battery cable wrenches; Oil filter wrenches; Timing cover plug wrenches; Valve stem inserters (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Timing light — Timing test lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire changing machines — Tire changers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire depth gauge — Tread depth gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire spreader — Tire spreaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches — Electronic torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torx keys — Neck bearing adjusters; Torx bits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Valve refacer — Motorcycle valve refacers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Valve spring compressor — Valve spring compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vehicle jack — Lift-arm jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vehicle lift — Air lifts; Crate lifts; Hydraulic vehicle lifts; Sportbike lifting arms (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vehicle parts washing machine — Automatic part cleaners; Spray washers; Ultrasonic parts cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Clamp meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel balancing equipment — Bubble balancers; Tire balancers; Wheel balancers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire twister — Safety wire pliers; Twisting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — AbbottSoft QuickFix; DealerTrax ShopOrder; TRACKUM Repair Manager See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Point of sale POS software — LightSpeed Cloud; Santa Maria Software Counterman Pro See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with customers or users to assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair defective engines or engine components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate welding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install vehicle parts or accessories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust vehicle components according to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure equipment outputs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Grind parts to required dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove dents from equipment, materials, tools or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 90% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 69% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 61% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 56% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 62% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 51% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 43% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 50% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 42% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 35% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 42% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 37% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 32% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 69% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 33% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 31% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related 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.
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.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
82   Post-secondary certificate Help
13   High school diploma or equivalent Help
5   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $16.35 hourly, $34,010 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 17,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Small Engine Mechanics external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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