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Apprenticeship

Motorcycle Mechanic

Motorcycle mechanics assemble, maintain, repair and restore motorcycles and other multi-wheeled lightweight all-terrain vehicles that have astride seating and handlebar controls.

  • Avg. Salary $60,041.00
  • Avg. Wage $28.52
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook N/A
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Small Engine Mechanic

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

57%
57%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Motorcycle Mechanic is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Motorcycle and Other Related Mechanics
NOC code: 7334
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to test and adjust repaired systems for proper performance; may repair and rebuild hoisting mechanism and other mechanical systems on industrial trucks and forklifts

METHODICAL

Interest in analyzing information to perform scheduled maintenance service on equipment

innovative

Interest in speaking with supervisor to discuss work to be done and to review work orders

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Apr 10, 2017

When customers bring in motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles for preventative maintenance or repair, motorcycle mechanics:

  • discuss complaints with customers or the service manager
  • diagnose problems and locate failures with the electrical system, engine, power train, suspension or frame by inspecting the vehicle, listening to it operate and using testing equipment
  • dismantle, adjust and repair or replace mechanical and electrical system parts and components
  • perform routine maintenance tasks such as cleaning and adjusting the carburetor, adjusting the clutch, brakes and drive chain, and replacing worn parts
  • rebuild or replace parts
  • operate equipment such as boring bars, valve grinders, lathes, tire changers and computers.

Motorcycle mechanics who work for motorcycle dealerships also assemble new machines.

Working Conditions
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Motorcycle mechanics usually work indoors in shops. The work is noisy when engines are being tested. Ventilation systems reduce the risk involved in working near exhaust fumes. Motorcycle mechanics may work with hazardous chemicals.

Motorcycle mechanics may be required to lift and move items that weigh over 25 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Motorcycle mechanics need the following characteristics:

  • mechanical interest and aptitude
  • an understanding of computers
  • good customer relations skills
  • willingness to work long hours in the busy season
  • the ability and willingness to continuously upgrade their knowledge and skills.

They should enjoy work that requires precision and solving problems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Apr 10, 2017

To work in Alberta, a motorcycle mechanic must have a valid Alberta Class 6 driver's license and be ONE of the following:

  • a registered apprentice
  • an Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate.

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must:

  • have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, or equivalent, or pass an entrance exam.
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates. 

The term of apprenticeship is four years (four 12-month periods) that include a minimum of:

  • 1,360 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training in the first and second year
  • 1,420 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of technical training in the third and fourth.

High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for credit or certification.

Motorcycle mechanic apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered by Grande Prairie Regional College in Fairview.

For more information, visit the Technical Training Centre on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Apprenticeship Trades

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Apr 10, 2017

This is an Apprenticeship trade. For full details, see the related certification profile

Employment & Advancement
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Motorcycle mechanics are employed by motorcycle dealerships or repair shops, or are self-employed.

In colder climates such as Alberta's, motorcycle repair work is seasonal. Motorcycle mechanics are very busy doing diagnostic and repair work in the warmer months and may encourage customers to have preventative maintenance work done in the winter. However, motorcycle mechanics must be skilled in other types of repair work (for example, repairing snowmobiles) to remain employed throughout the year.

Experienced motorcycle mechanics may advance to supervisory positions or set up their own businesses. Alberta certified journeyperson motorcycle mechanics who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Motorcycle mechanics are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7334: Motorcycle and Other Related Mechanics. In Alberta, 84% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • time of year (see above)
  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Journeyperson wage rates vary but generally range from $20 to $32 an hour plus benefits (2016 estimates). Apprentice motorcycle mechanics earn at least 55% of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year, 65% in the second, 75% in the third and 90% in the fourth.

Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
NOC code: 7334

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.00 $35.00 $22.31 $20.00
Overall $21.62 $40.00 $28.52 $25.00
Top $22.00 $45.00 $34.24 $35.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Retail Trade
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

57%
57%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

85%
85%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

33%
33%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Mechanics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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