Summary Report for:
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
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
- Mount, balance, change, or check condition or pressure of tires.
- Listen to engines, examine vehicle frames, or confer with customers to determine nature and extent of malfunction or damage.
- Replace defective parts, using hand tools, arbor presses, flexible power presses, or power tools.
- Repair or adjust motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, or drive chains, according to specifications.
- Repair or replace other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline or oil tanks, starters, or mufflers.
- Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, or generators.
- Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output, ignition timing, or other engine performance indicators.
- Disassemble subassembly units and examine condition, movement, or alignment of parts, visually or using gauges.
- Remove cylinder heads and grind valves to scrape off carbon and replace defective valves, pistons, cylinders, or rings, using hand and power tools.
- Reassemble frames and reinstall engines after repairs.
- Reassemble and test subassembly units.
- Hammer out dents and bends in frames and weld tears and breaks.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches
- Angle measuring instrument — Engine degree wheels
- Automotive boring machine — Motorcycle cylinder bores
- Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Engine exhaust analyzers
- Automotive honing machine — Automatic cylinder hones; Brake cylinder hones; Head surfacing machines
- Carburetor balancer — Carburetor synchronizers
- Chucks — Angled air chucks
- Cleaning brushes — Nylon brushes
- Compression pressure gauge — Motorcycle compression gauges
- Crimping pliers — Wire crimp pliers
- Dollies — Equipment dollies
- Engine or vehicle stands — Front end stands; Swingarm stands
- Engine tune up tester — Carburetor diagnostic tools; Electrical diagnostic tools; Flow benches; Peak voltage testers
- Grease lubricator — Cable lubers
- Hand reamer — Rocket arm reamers
- Hex keys — Hex bits
- Hold down clamps — Clutch holders
- Impact screwdriver — Impact drivers
- Magnetic tools — Magnetic bit holders
- Manual press brake — Arbor presses
- Metal cutters — Chain breakers; Motorcycle chain breakers
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Oil changer — Oil fillers
- Oil gauges — Oil level gauges
- Oil pumps — Oil extractors
- Pullers — Bushing pullers; Flywheel pullers; Seal removers; Spring hook tool sets (see all 9 examples)
- Ratchets — Ratchet sets; Ratcheting wrenches
- Retaining ring pliers — Lock ring tools; Snap-ring pliers
- Rivet tools — Riveters
- Screwdriver bits — Large slotted bits; Phillips bits; Small slotted bits
- Socket attachments and accessories — Sliding T-handles; Socket adapters; Socket extensions
- Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
- Sockets — Drag link sockets; Socket drivers
- Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Decibel meters
- Spanner wrenches — Clutch hub spanners
- Spark plug gap gauge — Spark plug gap testers
- Spark plug wrench — Spark plug sockets
- Specialty wrenches — Battery cable wrenches; Oil filter wrenches; Timing cover plug wrenches; Valve stem inserters (see all 8 examples)
- Timing light — Timing test lights
- Tire changing machines — Tire changers
- Tire depth gauge — Tread depth gauges
- Tire spreader — Tire spreaders
- Torque wrenches — Electronic torque wrenches
- Torx keys — Neck bearing adjusters; Torx bits
- Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welders
- Valve refacer — Motorcycle valve refacers
- Valve spring compressor — Valve spring compressors
- Vehicle jack — Lift-arm jacks
- Vehicle lift — Air lifts; Crate lifts; Hydraulic vehicle lifts; Sportbike lifting arms (see all 6 examples)
- Vehicle parts washing machine — Automatic part cleaners; Spray washers; Ultrasonic parts cleaners
- Voltage or current meters — Clamp meters
- Wheel balancing equipment — Bubble balancers; Tire balancers; Wheel balancers
- Wire twister — Safety wire pliers; Twisting pliers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Data base user interface and query software — AbbottSoft QuickFix; DealerTrax ShopOrder; TRACKUM Repair Manager
- Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software
- Point of sale POS software — LightSpeed Cloud; Santa Maria Software Counterman Pro
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- 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.
- 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.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- 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.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- 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.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- 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.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- 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.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- 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.
- 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).
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- 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).
- 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.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- 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.
- 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.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Detailed Work Activities
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Repair defective engines or engine components.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies.
- Operate welding equipment.
- Install vehicle parts or accessories.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Adjust vehicle components according to specifications.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition.
- Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
- Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems.
- Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
- Assemble mechanical components or machine parts.
- Measure equipment outputs.
- Grind parts to required dimensions.
- Remove dents from equipment, materials, tools or structures.
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 90% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Standing — 69% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 64% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 61% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 61% responded “Extremely important.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 85% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 56% responded “Very important results.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 59% responded “Every day.”
- 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.”
- Contact With Others — 51% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 62% responded “Every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 43% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 50% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 42% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Deal With External Customers — 35% responded “Extremely important.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 42% responded “Limited freedom.”
- Telephone — 38% responded “Every day.”
- Level of Competition — 37% responded “Moderately competitive.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 32% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 69% responded “40 hours.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 33% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 31% responded “Never.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 36% responded “Every day.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|13||High school diploma or equivalent|
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.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- 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.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$16.35 hourly, $34,010 annual|
|Employment (2014)||17,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Average (5% to 8%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||4,400|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Small engine mechanics . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.