Motorcycle Mechanics

Industry Areas

  • Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
  • Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance
  • Automobile Dealers

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • Repair or adjust motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, or drive chains, according to specifications.
  • Replace defective parts, using hand tools, arbor presses, flexible power presses, or power tools.
  • Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output, ignition timing, or other engine performance indicators.

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Overall Kind of Work*

Small engine mechanics inspect, service, and repair motorized power equipment. Mechanics often specialize in one type of equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, or outdoor power equipment.Dutie...

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Work Environment*


Small engine mechanics held about 68,200 jobs in 2012. Although the majority worked for equipment dealers and repair shops, about 11 percent were self-employed.Industries that employed the most sma...

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Workweek Breakdown

The hours worked per week by people currently pursuing this career.

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  • 1.92% (0-20 Hours)
  • 22.23% (21-34 Hours)
  • 13.27% (35-39 Hours)
  • 47.15% (40 Hours)
  • 3.99% (41-49 Hours)
  • 11.44% (Over 50 Hours)

This data also pertains to Motorcycle Mechanics

Type of Work

The level of day-to-day involvement with data, people or things.

Data: 2
People: 3
Things: 3

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

Verbal skills: 2
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: 2
Equipment Operation & Maintenance: 3
Math & Science Skills: 2
Technology Design & Control: 2
Leadership: 2

Workplace at a Glance

The level of different environmental factors you would experience on the job.

Responsibility: 2
Exposure to Job Hazards: 3
Physical Activity: 3
Decision Making: 1
Repetitiveness: 1
Level of Competition: 2
Time Pressure: 3

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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  • 70.18% (Private For-Profit)
  • 1.51% (Private Not For-Profit)
  • 0.93% (State and Local Govt)
  • 1.07% (Federal Government)
  • 26.30% (Self-Employed)

This data also pertains to Small Engine Mechanics

*Did You know, Overall Kind of Work, and Work Environment relate to Motorcycle Mechanics, which includes Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians; Motorcycle Mechanics; Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics.
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