Motorcycle Technician


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

  • Diagnose problems and locate failures within the electrical system, engine, power train, suspension or frame
  • Communicate 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

Personal Qualities

  • You have a mechanical aptitude and enjoy working with machines
  • You enjoy communicating with co-workers and customers
  • You have the physical stamina to work long hours in peak season
  • You are able to bend, kneel, stoop, and crouch
  • You like to solve problems and find solutions
  • You enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology
  • You take pride in doing a good job

Career Opportunities

  • 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.
  •  Motorcycle Technicians are self-employed or employed by Motorcycle Dealerships and Motorcycle Repair Shops.

Educational/Training Requirements

  • Completion of Grade 12 with a secondary school diploma, with credits in Math, Science and English.
  • Technical credits in electrical systems or mechanics are considered an asset
  • Completion of an apprenticeship of 5550 hours of on-the-job training as well as 480 hours of in-school training and the successful completion of a written examination to achieve a Certificate of Qualification in this trade.
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