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Motorcycle Mechanics

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Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.

    Work Activities
    • Mount, balance, change, or check condition or pressure of tires.
    • Listen to engines, examine vehicle frames, or confer with customers to determine nature and extent of malfunction or damage.
    • Replace defective parts, using hand tools, arbor presses, flexible power presses, or power tools.
    • Repair or adjust motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, or drive chains, according to specifications.
    • Repair or replace other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline or oil tanks, starters, or mufflers.
    • Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, or generators.
    • Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output, ignition timing, or other engine performance indicators.
    • Disassemble subassembly units and examine condition, movement, or alignment of parts, visually or using gauges.
    • Remove cylinder heads and grind valves to scrape off carbon and replace defective valves, pistons, cylinders, or rings, using hand and power tools.
    • Reassemble frames and reinstall engines after repairs.
    • Reassemble and test subassembly units.
    • Hammer out dents and bends in frames and weld tears and breaks.
    Skills
    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Hearing Sensitivity

      The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $34,150/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.42/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 750
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Achievement/Effort
    Tools
    • Wheel balancing equipment
    • Vehicle lift
    • Specialty wrenches
    • Pullers
    • Engine tune up tester
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Point of sale POS software
    • Inventory management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
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