Motorcycle mechanics assist problems concerning people who own snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles instead of cars. Just like cars, motorcycles also need care, maintenance and proper troubleshooting. However, the systems of motorcycles are different compared to an automobile that is why there is a need to have two separate professions.
What do motorcycle mechanics do?
Motorcycle mechanics do diagnostics, mechanical, motorcycle electrical, electronic systems and component repairs. They determine the problem of the vehicle by tracking down which part, component or system is not functioning properly. Doing this also makes him track other problems that need quick remedy before becoming worse. They do physical inspection to determine the extent of the problem, damage or malfunction and to check whether it can be remedied by repairs or better yet,needs replacement.
Once the inspection and diagnosis is done, the motorcycle mechanic starts with the removal of things like engines or transmissions. They do the repair by fixing disarranged parts and putting new parts that are necessary and do proper realigning and rewiring. There are many different kinds of repair works.Some are performed by completing other tasks and repair of other parts and components. There are also those that are done only by replacing old materials with new ones.
It is also a motorcycle mechanic’s job to maintain vehicles. They do this to prevent damage and also for restorative treatments. This is to maintain the proper functioning of the motorcycle while on the road.During maintenance, motorcycle mechanics follow a certain checklist to guide them in the inspection,cleaning, repair and replacement.
Typical Tasks of motorcycle mechanics
Motorcycle mechanics perform the following typical tasks. They usually take the motorcycle out for a test ride. Here, they try to see whether the motorcycle can perform tasks or has problems in some parts,if not all. They read the motorcycle manuals to find out what is wrong with it and then meet with client to discuss the problems that were identified. The next thing they do is to perform the necessary repairs, adjustments and testing of the identified troubled parts, including those that are affected. The wheels are also realigned, damaged materials are repaired or replaced and perform oil changes and tune-ups.The motorcycle mechanic also gives the client some advice and discusses with him/her the problems that were identified and solved.
How to Become a Motorcycle Mechanic
If you have the appropriate mechanical skills and you want to make something out of it, you can become a motorcycle mechanic and earn money. Because motorcycles differ so much on the system of cars and trucks, there are separate programs for it in trade schools and institutes.
In order for you to become a motorcycle mechanic, you need to have a high school diploma because most employers require this for you to apply. Next, show your aptitude for small engine repair and maintenance. If you have any experience and training experiences in engine repair, that could help you a lot to get the job. So you better keep all the certification proving that you have performed previous jobs and have gone through seminars and workshops on motorcycle technology. It is also necessary that you maintain a good physical condition to become a motorcycle mechanic. The job is hands-on application which means that you really need to be physically fit for this work can require lots of muscles.
Having attended and successfully completed motorcycle mechanic programs is also a plus. If you have gone through crash courses offered by mechanical institutes and trade schools, you might as well present the certificated to your employer. This will be an advantage to other competing applicants.
Compile your documents, prepare yourself and go to a motorcycle repair shop or motorcycle manufacturers to apply. Attend the manufacturer training courses that will be offered in the job, if there is any.
Characteristics of a good motorcycle mechanic
Good motorcycle mechanics have a good hearing, eyesight, manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude. They are independent and good at taking initiatives for in the job, they will be doing things on their own. However, they should also be open to advice, suggestions and even constructive criticisms from fellow members and even customers. A good motorcycle mechanic should also be updated with the latest trend in technology so as to keep up with the wide variety of motorcycle models, parts and functions. They are also good in communicating with customers making sure that they feel confident in his work and satisfied of the service. They should have good problem solving skills and most of all, should enjoytheir work.