Motorcycle Mechanics

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • All Terrain Vehicle Technician (ATV Technician)
  • Custom Bike Builder
  • Dirt Bike Mechanic
  • Frame Repairer
  • Frame Straightener
  • Master Motorcycle Technician
  • Motor Bike Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Fabricator
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic Apprentice
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What They Do

  • 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 replace other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline or oil tanks, starters, or mufflers.
  • Repair or adjust motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, or drive chains, according to specifications.
  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $50,870 with most people making between $25,840 and $93,280

Outlook

1.45%
avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 69 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be 73 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 1 openings due to growth and about 3 replacement openings for approximately 4 total annual openings.



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