A motorcycle mechanic repairs and maintains motorcycles. Necessary skills include an understanding of how a motorcycle engine is constructed and operates and the ability to properly disassemble and reassemble an engine. Another required skill is knowledge of the construction of the motorcycle frame, including how operational parts are interrelated and fixed to the frame. The mechanic must be able to troubleshoot and affect repairs to any mechanical, electrical or electronic system of the motorcycle as needed. The mechanic must also have knowledge of test equipment and use it to evaluate the performance of the engine and other components. The mechanic should have the ability to listen to the engine and subsequently evaluate any problems with the operation of the motorcycle.
The mechanic should be capable of speaking with customers and be able to translate their input into practical application for repairs and maintenance of the motorcycle. The mechanic must be able to hammer and/or weld parts of the motorcycle frame that might be damaged or in need of replacement. Use of both power and hand tools is required, and knowledge of the operation and purpose of these tools is essential. Basic math skills are necessary, as well as the ability to determine costs for parts and labor. A certain amount of strength and physical dexterity is needed to manipulate the motorcycle and the various tools and apparatuses needed to make repairs. The ability to work in an unsupervised environment and to be flexible in working hours is also helpful.
Motorcycle Mechanic Tasks
Inspect, repair and maintain motorcycles.
Disassemble, reassemble, install and repair engines and other large parts.
Diagnose malfunctions using electronic testing equipment.