Motorcycle Technician (Motorcycle Mechanic)
Motorcycle technicians work on motorcycles and other vehicles such as motor scooters and all-terrain vehicles. They assemble, diagnose, maintain and repair engines, transmissions, drive systems, steering assemblies, braking systems, chassis and suspension, electrical systems, and fuel and exhaust systems. They may specialize in repairing, rebuilding, customizing or servicing these systems or assemblies.
Essential Skills Requirements:
Safety-related Activities
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn how to safely handle refrigerants used for motorcycle cooling systems. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to identify hazard and safety icons, e.g. identify icons affixed to engine components to learn about burn and electrical shock hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Motorcycle Repair
Ability to read short instructions written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read product labels to learn how to mix coolants. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read short text entries on a variety of forms and technical drawings, e.g. read comments on work orders to learn about required repairs. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read manufacturers’ notices and technical service bulletins, e.g. read technical service bulletins to learn about recurring faults with particular models and approved repair procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of paper-based and electronic repair manuals to learn how to troubleshoot, service and maintain motorcycles, e.g. read manuals to learn how to repair electrical system faults. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read and interpret government regulations, e.g. read regulations to learn about inspection procedures, hazardous material disposal and the roadworthiness requirements of motorcycles. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read instruction manuals for the use of computerized tools and equipment, e.g. read user guides to learn how to operate equipment, such as scan tools. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as the position of parts using simple assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as the position of parts using simple assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate operating data such as temperatures, pressures and electrical readings using gauges and digital readouts. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to Interpret graphs generated by computerized equipment, such as scan tools, to troubleshoot faults and establish the condition of components. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret complex schematics to troubleshoot faults for complex wiring, hydraulic and mechanical systems. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret flowcharts, e.g. interpret a multi-step flowchart to learn how to troubleshoot a faulty electrical system. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as voltages and capacities in moderately complex wiring, fuel and braking system schematics. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret complex technical drawings, e.g. study assembly drawings to determine the position of parts within complex transmissions and scan wiring system schematics to locate capacities and components, such as circuits, and troubleshoot faults. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate data, such as classifications, material coefficients, identification numbers, quantities and costs, in complex specification tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to decide which tools to use, procedures to follow and tests to perform to diagnose and repair motorcycles. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the severity of motorcycle faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to judge the condition of parts, e.g. inspect sprockets for signs of cracks, missing teeth and loose fit. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Databases
Ability to use specialized databases to access job assignments, input information on new jobs, retrieve and review past service information and complete work orders. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to locate parts and information such as specifications and troubleshooting guides. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Skills - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use diagnostic equipment (e.g. scan tools) to determine operational data, such as horsepower, torque, pressure readings and air-to-fuel ratios. (Complexity: 2)
General Administrative Duties
Document Use
Ability to use manufacturers’ labels to locate part numbers, serial numbers, sizes, colours and other information. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete a variety of forms, e.g. complete job estimates by entering details, such as dates, times and estimated repair costs. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to enter repair and service data into work orders, corrective action forms and computerized data management systems, e.g. enter the time spent, parts used and steps taken to repair vehicles. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to write brief notes, e.g. describe needed repairs on work orders and inspection forms. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to read and write, count, round off, add or subtract, multiply or divide whole numbers, e.g. use whole numbers to count inventory. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read and write, add or subtract fractions, multiply or divide by a fraction, multiply or divide fractions, e.g. read the size of screws and bolts measured in fractions of an inch. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read and write, round off, add or subtract decimals, multiply or divide by a decimal, multiply or divide decimals, e.g. measure the heads of engine blocks for smoothness to thousandths of an inch. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to construct and solve equations to calculate average oil and fuel consumption rates and fuel-to-air ratios. (Complexity: 2)