Q: What does a motorcycle mechanic do?
A: Motorcycle mechanics are technically classified as a small engines mechanics, but they specialize in motorcycles. Mopeds, motorcycles, dirt bikes, and ATVs are mostly what come into your shop. Motorcycle mechanics may work for a dealership or have their own place. Duties will most likely include:
- Speaking with your customer about the issue
- Routine maintenance such as oil changes
- Testing vehicle to find faulty parts
- Repairing or replacing those faulty parts
- Putting the bike back together
- Keeping meticulous record of every vehicle
Q: How would I become a motorcycle mechanic?
A: You won’t necessarily need any type of formal education, especially if you’ve been learning from a master. However, a post-secondary education that includes motorcycle technology will definitely make you more marketable for future jobs.
- You’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
- Go through a small motors or motorcycle mechanic program, where you’ll learn about motorcycles microcomputers, maintenance, suspension, and engines.
- Take a manufacturing certification course and specialize even further.
- Depending on your state, get certified as a motorcycle mechanic.
- Stay up-to-date on the latest in motorcycles by continuing on with your education.
Q: How much do motorcycle mechanics make?
A: The median wage for small engine (including motorcycle) mechanics is just over the $34K mark. This is a typical number, but it’s very dependent on where you live, where you work, and how much experience you have. Your busiest times will be during warmer weather, when drivers are more apt to take out their motorcycles. However, if you live somewhere that’s pretty warm year round, then you’ll have business year round. You’ll find top pay in Alaska, Colorado, Washington, New Hampshire, and California.
Q: Is there a demand for motorcycle mechanics?
A: Slower than average employment growth is expected for motorcycle mechanics through 2026. That’s not to say you will have a hard time finding a job out of the 300 positions projected to be opening, because that’s not the case—particularly if you have any post-secondary education, including specialty certifications. The states with the highest demand for motorcycle mechanics are Montana, Iowa, Wyoming, New Hampshire, and South Dakota.
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