Motorcycle Mechanic National Occupational Analysis (NOA)

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) recognizes this National Occupational Analysis (NOA) as the national standard for the occupation of Motorcycle Mechanic.

Occupational Analyses Series

Disponible en français sous le titre : Mécanicien/mécanicienne de motocyclettes

NOC: 7334

Designation Year: 1992

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General Information


“Motorcycle Mechanic” is this trade’s official Red Seal occupational title approved by the CCDA. This analysis covers tasks performed by motorcycle mechanics whose occupational title has been identified by some provinces and territories of Canada under the following names:














Motorcycle Mechanic





Motorcycle Mechanic (Motorcycle & Power Equipment Technician)


Motorcycle Technician



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.

Occupational Observations

There are more tools available for data analysis and diagnostics such as laser alignment, dynometer and scan analyser. These tools are more efficient in the diagnosis of units. Manufacturers require more specialized tools to service and repair current models.

Linked brake systems and antilock braking systems (ABS) are new technologies that apply predetermined pressures to both front and rear brake with a single lever action. Alarm systems and global positioning systems (GPS) are also new consumer products that motorcycle mechanics are responsible for installing and maintaining.

Materials are lighter, stronger and more durable. Resins, alloys, carbon fibre, ceramics, composite materials and synthetic fluids are also used on a regular basis in this trade.

The increased use of electronic systems has meant that more work processes and tasks are completed using computers. Diagnosing may be carried out more efficiently with the use of electronic diagnostic tools.

There is an increased need for computer literacy, knowledge of applied technologies and good product knowledge among motorcycle mechanics. Applied technologies and sciences have resulted in advancements in many of the systems of units. Motorcycle mechanics must be computer literate in order to access product information that may be available in the form of an electronic document, CD, or on Internet sites. Many motorcycle mechanics regularly attend training sessions, in person and on-line, on new technologies and products, as sponsored by the manufacturer or dealer.

Customers want new technologies and safety enhancements such as air bags and GPS systems. They are more informed about units and the latest technologies available and have higher expectations for service and quality. The ease of use of units has opened the field for more non traditional motorcycle riders. More customers are requesting personalized, custom built units with new designs.

There is a need for an increased knowledge of work processes. Documentation supporting repairs and work completed is done according to industry standards. For client safety and liability purposes, motorcycle mechanics are documenting customer refusal of required repairs.

The safety of the mechanic is very important as is the safety of the rider. Motorcycle mechanics receive more training and have increased skill levels in the safety features of units. Being environmentally responsible (e.g. recycling materials and components) is also common practice in many work sites. More jurisdictional regulations are being implemented to reduce noise and emissions.

Essential Skills Summary

Essential skills are needed for work, learning and life. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.

Through extensive research, the Government of Canada and other national and international agencies have identified and validated nine essential skills. These skills are used in nearly every occupation and throughout daily life in different ways.

A series of CCDA-endorsed tools have been developed to support apprentices in their training and to be better prepared for a career in the trades. The tools can be used independently or with the assistance of a tradesperson, trainer, employer, teacher or mentor to:

  • understand how essential skills are used in the trades;
  • learn about individual essential skills strengths and areas for improvement; and
  • improve essential skills and increase success in an apprenticeship program.

The tools are available online or for order.

The essential skills profile for the motorcycle mechanic trade indicates that the most important essential skills are document use, numeracy and thinking skills.

The application of these skills may be described throughout this document within the competency statements which support each subtask of the trade. The following are summaries of the requirements in each of the essential skills.

Motorcycle mechanics use reading skills to understand documents such as work orders, service manuals and service bulletins. They read regulations governing road worthiness, noise and emission standards of motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain units.

Documents that motorcycle mechanics work with include work orders, job estimates, inspection checklists, parts requisitions and service manuals. They also consult and study a variety of graphs, charts and technical drawings such as assembly, schematic and cut-away drawings.

Motorcycle mechanics write brief notes and descriptions. They may write notes to keep records of their observations and recommendations for themselves, others and clients. Many records are input through the computer keyboard but legible writing skills are a definite asset.

Motorcycle mechanics use numeracy skills to compare and calculate serviceability of components, measurements of dimensions, revolutions per minute, speed, horsepower and torque to specifications. They estimate the effects that repairs and modifications will have on engine performance. They may calculate labour time to prepare repair quotes and invoices.

Motorcycle mechanics use oral communication skills to discuss job details with colleagues, apprentices, suppliers and clients.

Problem solving skills are used by motorcycle mechanics to determine customer’s requirements and to explain the actions and repair procedures. Motorcycle mechanics use decision making skills to select the order of unit service and to select tools, parts and procedures needed to carry out the tasks. They use critical thinking skills to determine causes of failures, defects and/or deficiencies.

Motorcycle mechanics mostly work independently but coordinate their work with partspersons and suppliers. They may provide advice and assistance to other mechanics. They may also assist in mentoring apprentices.

Motorcycle mechanics use databases to access details of customers’ information and specifics of previously completed work. They use communications software such as email to exchange information with suppliers, manufacturers, colleagues and other motorcycle repair shops. They use diagnostic equipment that runs software applications. They also use the Internet to access specifications, technical service bulletins, recall notices and service manuals.

Motorcycle mechanics are required to keep up to date with continuing technological advancements and legislation governing safety inspections and emissions. They may attend training to be certified repairers of specific units. They also learn from each other, by talking to colleagues, suppliers, service managers and by reading magazines and repair manuals.


The CCDA and HRSDC wish to express sincere appreciation for the contribution of the many tradespersons, industrial establishments, professional associations, labour organizations, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, and all others who contributed to this publication.

Special acknowledgement is extended by HRSDC and the CCDA to the following representatives from the trade.

  • Brian E. Bentley - Nova Scotia
  • Gord Gingles - Manitoba
  • Gordon Hill - British Columbia
  • Luc Leblanc - New Brunswick
  • John MacAusland - Prince Edward Island
  • Dave M. Shepherd - Ontario
  • Ron Thornhill - Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Jeff Vikse - Alberta

This analysis was prepared by the Labour Market Integration Directorate of HRSDC. The coordinating, facilitating and processing of this analysis were undertaken by employees of the NOA development team of the Trades and Apprenticeship Division. The host jurisdiction of Prince Edward Island also participated in the development of this NOA.

Comments or questions about NOAs may be forwarded to:

Trades and Apprenticeship Division
Labour Market Integration Directorate
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 6th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0J9