Red Seal Trades

Motorcycle Mechanic

NOC: 7334
Designation Year: 1992

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program
 
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Motorcycle mechanics work on motorcycles and other units such as motor scooters and all-terrain units. They inspect, clean, test, assemble, diagnose, maintain and repair engines, transmissions, drive systems, steering assemblies, braking systems, chassis and suspension, electrical systems, vehicle management systems, fuel systems and exhaust systems. They may specialize in repairing, rebuilding, customizing or servicing these systems or assemblies.

Motorcycle mechanics work with hand, power, pneumatic and measuring tools, shop equipment, and diagnostic and testing tools. Reference material, documentation and computers are also necessary tools in this trade.

Motorcycle mechanics may work in service shops of motorcycle dealerships, manufacturers and retailers or in independent service establishments. They may specialize in specific motorcycle, scooter and all-terrain unit makes or types.

The work environment may include noise, fumes, odours, hazardous compounds, drafts and vibrations; therefore, safety procedures are important. The work often requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, lifting, pulling and reaching.

Some important attributes of motorcycle mechanics are good hand-eye coordination, mechanical aptitude, time management skills, document use, numeracy, logical thinking and decision making skills, excellent communication and the ability to educate themselves as technology advances. They must also be competent to test ride units.

Experienced motorcycle mechanics may advance to supervisory positions, shop foreman, service manager or instructors. Some mechanics may open their own garage or motorcycle specialty shop. With additional training, motorcycle mechanics can transfer their skills and knowledge to related units and equipment such as, but not limited to, snowmobiles, watercraft and outdoor power equipment.

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