From American icon Harley Davidson to import motorbikes, a career as a motorcycle technician lets you work on some of the world's finest machinery. Motorcycle technology has advanced significantly in recent decades, and motorcycle technicians are highly skilled professionals who must be knowledgeable about mechanics, math and business.
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How to Start Your Career in Motorcycle Maintenance
In the past, a motorcycle tech needed nothing more than a high school diploma. Employers would hire recent graduates and provide them on-the-job training. This hands-on experience might last months or even years, depending on the type of specialty services offered.
However, as motorcycle technology has become increasingly complex, many employers prefer job applicants who have completed a formal training program. Motorcycle technician classes are offered by colleges and vocational schools and cover essentials such as:
- business math
- automobile mechanics
- small engine repair
- mechanical science
- computer diagnostics
Graduates of motorcycle technician training are ready to begin work immediately without on-the-job instruction.
Your Future as a Motorbike Mechanic
As the price of gasoline remains high, motorcycles and motorbikes offer affordable transportation. It is expected that motorcycle ridership will continue to grow in the coming years. In addition, motorcycle technology has evolved to the point where owners can no longer do many simple repairs at home. Motorbike technicians fill a need not only for repair services, but motorcycle maintenance as well.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for motorcycle technicians will grow 9 percent by 2018. The median wage for a motorcycle mechanic is $15.08 an hour.