What Does a Motorcycle Technician Do?

Motorcycle Technicians (310G) assemble, maintain, repair and restore motorcycles and other multi-wheeled all-terrain vehicles that weigh less than 450 kilograms.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Diagnosing problems and locating failures within the electrical system, engine, power train, suspension or frame
  • Communicating with customers and service managers about the functioning of the machine
  • Dismantling, adjusting repairing or replacing mechanical and electrical system parts and components
  • Performing routine maintenance such as cleaning and adjusting the carburetor, adjusting the clutch, brakes and drive chain, and replacing worn parts
  • Rebuilding or replacing parts
  • Assembling new machines

You may find additional information about this trade and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – Motive Power sector link: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/resources/training-standards.

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Grade 12 or the equivalent (GED or ACE) is required under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). It would be benficial to have credits in Math, Science and English. Technical credits in electrical systems or mechanics would be a definite asset. You must complete an apprenticeship of 5550 hours of on-the-job training as well as two 8 week levels of in-school training and successfully complete a written examination for your Certificate of Qualification in this trade.

What’s Your Future as a Motorcycle Technician?

Motorcycle Technicians usually work indoors in shops, and may be required to lift loads weighing up to 25 kilograms. The workplace can be noisy when engines are tested, although ventilation systems generally reduce the risk involved in working near exhaust fumes. Because of the seasonal nature of the work, Motorcycle Technicians must be skilled in other types of repair work – such as snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles – to remain employed year-round. Employers that hire Motorcycle Technicians include:

  • Motorcycle Dealerships
  • Motorcycle Repair shops
  • Self employed

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices generally earn less than Journeypeople
  • As your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • On average, fully qualified motorcycle mechanics can earn $13.-22.00/hour


Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Motorcycle Technician for You?

Do you have a mechanical aptitude and enjoy tinkering with machines?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy communicating with co-workers and customers?

Yes      No

Do you have the physical stamina to work long hours in peak season?

Yes      No

Are you able to bend, kneel, stoop, crouch?

Yes      No

Do you like to solve problems and find solutions?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology?

Yes      No

Do you take pride in persisting until the job is done just right?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Motorcycle Technician may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Small Engine Repair
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Truck & Coach Technician


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