Motorcycle mechanic/technician
Construction, Mechanical & Electrical Trades

Motorcycle mechanics/technicians service and repair motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and similar motorised vehicle.

Work Activities

Motorcycle mechanics/technicians service and repair all types and sizes of motorcycle.

During a motorcycle service, mechanics check to see if any parts are worn or damaged and repair or replace as necessary.

They are trained in motorcycle mechanics and can fix or rebuild engines, gearboxes, brakes and other parts of the motorcycle.

They advise customers about any necessary repairs and produce time and cost estimates.

They can customise motorcycles as per customer's requirements.

They may work in a garage or workshop.

Motorcycle technicians work in motorcycle dealerships. They inspect, maintain and repair motorcycles. They use diagnostic tools to identify faults and make any necessary repairs in line with manufacturers standards.

Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills for motorcycle mechanics/technicians

  • Excellent practical skills
  • Good technical and mechanical knowledge
  • Interest in motorcycles
  • Problem solving skills
  • Be able to work quickly with attention to detail

Pay And Opportunities

Typical employers of motorcycle mechanics/technicians

  • Specialist motorcycle businesses
  • Motorcycle dealerships.


Qualifications and training required

It is possible to study full-time before entering this career, for example, for an Edexcel level 3 National qualification in Vehicle Technology or an Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) level 3 qualification in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Motorcycle).

You can also enter this this type of work on an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship with an employer.

Once you are working, you can complete an Automotive Technician Accreditation in Motorcycle at one of three levels to demonstrate your competency.

Entrance to entry level courses is possible without any formal qualifications.

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