Motorcycle Mechanic FAQs
Posted Friday, Nov 4, 2011 by
Considering a career as a motorcycle mechanic or technician? Following are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the field:
Q. What do motorcycle mechanics do?
A. Motorcycle mechanics and technicians diagnose problems, make necessary repairs and perform other routine and emergency maintenance services on motorcycles. This can involve everything from working with mechanical subassemblies to repairing scratches, dents and fabric tears.
Q. What kind of skills does this career require?
A. A good motorcycle mechanic or technician brings a variety of skills to the job. In addition to being skilled with hand and power tools, a good mechanic/technician should have a better-than-average grasp of basic mathematics, electrical and computer systems, and customer service.
Q. Is the work dangerous?
A. Any job that involves working with power tools, gasoline-powered engines and combustible fuels carries an element of danger. However, learning and following basic safety procedures can minimize your personal risk.
Q. Where do motorcycle mechanics work?
A. Motorcycle mechanics and technicians tend to work in either dealership service centers or in independent motorcycle repair shops.
Q. How much money do motorcycle mechanics make?
A. Motorcycle mechanic and technician salaries vary from market to market. Nationally, entry-level salaries are around $10/hour. Median income is $15.37/hour, and top-tier mechanics can make as much as $24.24/hour. This is all according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as reported by O*NET Online, the employment information site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.*
Q. What qualifications are needed to get a job as a motorcycle technician?
A. Training and experience are, of course, valued by employers. Some people get both on their own by working on bikes as a teenager or knowing people already in the industry. Others get more formal training through technical training schools like WyoTech.
Q. Is it best to specialize in a certain motorcycle brand or be a generalist?
A. As in most technical fields, the more you know about a particular subject, the more valuable you will be to people to whom that subject is important. Certainly, if you are looking for a job at a manufacturer’s dealership, knowing a lot about that brand will make you a more valuable candidate than someone who is not.
Train to be a Motorcycle Technician at WyoTech
If you have a love of motorcycles, you can turn your passion into a career through Motorcycle Technology training at WyoTech. WyoTech’s campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Fremont, Calif., offer hands-on career training in modern workshop facilities where you can learn the basics of modern motorcycle diagnostics and repair along with concentrations in Asian, European and Harley-Davidson models. Classes are taught by industry pros, and WyoTech’s Career Services team can help you transition from school into the workplace upon graduation. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
For more information on Motorcycle Technology career training, contact WyoTech today!
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.wyotech.edu/disclosures.
* Source: O*NET ONLINE/Career One; http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=493052&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=06&search=Go, accessed 11/2/11.